The Sabres Observer
by @DaveDavisHockey on 03/19/11 at 12:03 PM ET
The game tonight with the most impact on the Eastern Conference playoff picture is probably the Atlanta/Buffalo game at HSBC Arena. Considering that they’re four points behind the 8th place Sabres, the Thrashers should be a pretty desperate bunch.
This will be yet another chance for Buffalo to cripple the playoff chances of a close pursuer. They missed opportunites to kick the Maple Leafs and Hurricanes to the curb despite playing pretty well in those games. Lindy Ruff’s comments, per the Sabres web site:
“The message is we’ve put together a good run and now, really, this last stretch is the type of run where we’ve got to put together a good segment of hockey. We missed some good opportunities in the Carolina game, we missed some good opportunities in the Toronto game. We’re playing hard, we just didn’t capitalize on some great offensive situations that put us behind the eight ball in the Carolina game.”
As Buffalo has struggled at home this season (15-16-3), we’ve been hearing the typical “We’re trying too hard to put on a show” response from some of the players. But this is the stage of the season where even a 2-1 snoozefest would send their fans home happy. These games are just too important.
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Dave Davis has covered the Buffalo Sabres for various NHL accredited websites and newspapers since 2003. He was the senior writer and Sabres correspondent for The Fourth Period, covered hockey for Western New York Sports and Leisure Magazine, and has had articles featured on NHL.com, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports and in New York Sportscene. Sabres news and notes can be found on his Twitter page.
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