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Buffalo Sabres PreGame Skate: Washington Capitals

The next stop for the Buffalo Sabres in their quest to stay alive in the 2013 regular season is the nation’s capital as they are set to face off against the Washington Capitals.

Thanks to their overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators yesterday, the Buffalo Sabres hold a very slim lead over the Capitals in the standings, as they are now just one point behind Buffalo, the Sabres still only four points ahead of the Florida Panthers for the final spot in the Eastern Conference.

Despite their poor play all season, Buffalo remains only six points out of the playoff picture, which now includes the Winnipeg Jets and not the New York Rangers.

Even if they get into the playoffs, they are not build to make a magical run from eighth to champion like last years Los Angeles Kings.  The question remains now – do we push for the playoffs and blow the chance at a high first round draft pick, or do we continue to toil away near the bottom and hope the NHL Draft lottery is in our favor.

This will be the second meeting between the Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals.  The two teams met early in the season and Washington was able to skate to a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.

The roster for the Buffalo Sabres looks slightly different than when the last time these two teams met, and there is a different coach behind the bench for the Buffalo Sabres.  We will see if that has any bearing on whether or not the Sabres can show some life against a team that is also struggling to find their identity in this shortened season.

Game time is scheduled for 7PM and is slated as an NBC game – so if you enjoy listening to the broadcast team of Rob Ray and Rick Jeannerett, its turn down your televisions and turn up the radio.


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