So lets be realistic for a moment, shall we? Our chances of making the playoffs were slim to none just a few months ago, but then the Buffalo Sabres managed to battle back on the strong play of Ryan Miller and Co. Now, the Sabres find themselves sitting just two points out of the eighth and final playoff spot with a game in hand on the Washington Capitals. Now before we all go getting our hopes crazy high, a lot still has to go right for the Sabres to squeak their way in and a win tonight will certainly help matters.
The Capitals, or should I say the Tampa Bay Lightning (cough, Steven Stamkos), gave the Sabres a little boost with their regulation loss, or win depending on which side you are looking at this from. Tonight presents yet another opportunity to pull even and stay on pace with the Caps.
However, the Sabres will still be without defensemen Christian Ehrhoff and Tyler Myers, which normally equals bad news bears for this team. Ehrhoff was injured in a 5-1 win against the Caps a week ago. The news on the Hoff is not very promising and he has already been ruled out for the remainder of the regular season, if not longer. Myers is suffering from a foot injury, the result of absorbing a hard shot during the 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Myers’ return is possible before the regular season finale in Boston on Saturday.