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Last night in the NHL, there were two games that had a direct impact on the playoff chances of the Buffalo Sabres: the Pittsburgh Penguins-New York Islanders game, and the Washington Capitals-Winnipeg Jets game. In a perfect world, Pittsburgh and Winnipeg would have both won last night, leaving the Capitals and Islanders stuck in the mud.
Alas, the world is not a perfect place. The Sabres did dodge one bullet, as Pittsburgh managed to overcome two one-goal deficits to down the Islanders 4-2. The Islanders’ loss keeps them at 29 points, which means the Sabres can tie or even pass them if they can at least get an overtime loss tonight against the Montreal Canadiens. I don’t say this very often, but thank you, Penguins!
Unfortunately, those of us hoping to see Winnipeg take care of business were sorely disappointed, as the Jets got white-washed by the Capitals to the tune of a 6-1 loss. After their win, the Capitals leapt over the Sabres in the standings, and currently have 29 points, as well. Again, the Sabres can tie or pass the Capitals tonight, but I was hoping the Jets could keep the Capitals in their place a little longer. I would prefer to see some space open up between the Sabres and the teams below them, instead of the nerve-wracking leapfrogging I fear will be the case from here on out.
Your Eastern Conference standings look like this on this beautiful Saturday morning:
As I wrote yesterday, the Sabres are going to need an insane amount of good play AND good luck in order to crawl into the 8th and final playoff spot, but a win tonight will propel them into 10th place, so there’s still hope. Don’t miss tonight’s game, and while you are at, you might want to cheer for Ottawa, who squares off against Tampa Bay tonight. Let’s go Buffalo!