I just hope we can win a game.

Perusing NHL.com, they have a daily feature with the night’s clinching scenarios for playoff berths.

Friday’s is quite concise:

#3 Buffalo Sabres would clinch a playoff berth…

If they defeat the Ottawa Senators (Sens are 4-0-0 against the Sabres this season)

Wait, they’re really going to make the playoffs?

After missing the playoffs two years in a row, one can almost forget what playoff time is like in Buffalo. The Sabres have only two playoff appearances in the last nine seasons. Just two. Really!

Buffalo clinches a playoff berth with two points tonight, thanks to the Maple Leafs squeezing out an overtime win over 9th place Atlanta.

I just hope they can win a game… tonight.

The much-loathed Senators are in town tonight for a 7:30 start against the Sabres. The players know what this game means, and they’re sick of losing to Ottawa as much as the fans are.

“It’s a chance for us to put some points between us,” Sabres defenseman Toni Lydman said. “There aren’t that many games left, and that would be a huge advantage going into that last road trip [in April]. It’s a big game. It’s also a big game as we’ve struggled against that team a lot over the last [five] years.

“It’s time to finally have a good game against the Senators.”

While this game won’t make or break the division race, it does have the opportunity to have a positive impact on the psyche of the Sabres. Beating Ottawa for the first time this season could give the Sabres the boost of confidence needed to hit the playoffs in stride. Knowing the Sabres visit Scotiabank Place for Game 81, you would like to think that that game won’t mean anything.

The Sabres have their destiny in their hands. The last thing Buffalo needs right now is to let the Senators or Canadiens back into the race for the Northeast title. Winning a game would help.

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Posted on March 26, 2010, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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