Mar 31, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; Buffalo Sabres center Derek Roy (9) talks to center Ville Leino (23), defenseman Alexander Sulzer (52) and right wing Jason Pominville (29) against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Sabres 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

Buffalo Sabres PreGame Skate: Philadelphia Flyers


With only two games left in the Buffalo Sabres season, the drama is at a level it hasn’t reached all season. The Sabres sit tried in 8th place in the Eastern Conference with 88 points. Every game is a must win at this point, including tonight’s game against the rival Flyers. The teamknows that they are going to need to put in a much more complete game than last time around.

The Sabres are coming off a 6-5 overtime victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs, one of the most dramatic Sabres games in recent history. However, the Sabres cannot find themselves down by three goals again and expect to catch up. Toronto may have allowed the Sabres back into it, but the Flyers are a team that usually doesn’t.

The Sabres will be without defensemen Christian Ehrhoff and Tyler Myers once again, as both appear to be done for the rest of the regular season. Sabres fans should hold off from complaining about injuries until after they see that the Flyers are without Pronger, Briere, van Riemsdyk, Meszaros, and Grossman.

The Flyers are coming off a 5 to 3 loss to the top seeded Rangers, a far from perfect game from goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. The curse of Flyers goaltenders continues as Bryzgalov has had an about average season for Philadelphia.

Sabres fans should keep their eye on another game that directly affects their team. The Washington Capitals are currently tied with Buffalo with 88 points and play the division leading Panthers tonight. The Sabres could catch either team, but Washington seems much more probable at this point. The Capitals have the same amount of games left as Buffalo, meaning the Sabres need to win both of their games to likely have a shot at the playoffs.

The game starts at 7:00 tonight on MSG as usual. The Sabres hope to send the Flyers fans home unhappy in a game that means much less to the home team. The Sabres fate isn’t entirely in their hands anymore thanks to that two game losing streak, but they still hold a lot of power in this playoff race. Just like last year its coming down to the wire.