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Buffalo Sabres PreGame Skate: Winnipeg Jets

The Buffalo Sabres have made it three in a row again for the second time this year, and their playoff hopes just might rely on them making it four in a row.  They will get that chance tonight when they face off against the Winnipeg Jets.

Thanks to a recent fall from grace, the Jets find themselves seeing the Buffalo Sabres in their rear view mirror, with the Sabres just two points behind them.  While at one time they sat atop their division, with only three wins and six points in their last ten games, the Jets have quickly faded to the bottom of the standings.

With six wins, and 14 points in their last ten games, the Buffalo Sabres are looking at making an epic run at the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.  Just four points stands between the Sabres and the New York Islanders and the New York Rangers, positioned in seventh and eighth with forty-two points.  With no games in hand, its a daunting task, but for the Buffalo Sabres, it is one they are ready for, and will fight until the bitter end.

With their captain gone and the organization looking at rebuilding for the future, the players that remain on the roster are showing that their are still chips on the table, and that they are going all in the rest of the season.

Determination, guts, playing it out in the hopes of a contract or increasing their trade worthiness, they are going to try and make one hell of a hockey season to forget.  Despite the fact that the Buffalo Sabres are on a three game winning streak, they still don’t look like a team that has enough compete on their roster to withstand a playoff series.  Exactly what good does it get you to sneak into the playoffs in eight place just for a date with the Pittsburgh Penguins? Who are we to know what could happen?

While reaching the playoffs is a tall order, defeating the Winnipeg Jets is a tall order as well.  They defeated the Buffalo Sabres in their lone meeting this year, and still have one contest this year after tonight’s match-up.  The Jets have won their last four meetings between the two clubs.

To be successful, the Sabres need to win this game in regulation.  Giving Winnipeg the loser point keeps the same distance between the teams.  A regulation win pulls the Buffalo Sabres even with the New Jersey Devils and Winnipeg Jets, but keeps them below the clubs based on the tie breaker of regulation wins.

Game time is scheduled for 8PM.

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