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Sabres Face Tough Contest Friday in Push toward Playoffs

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 5:  Ryan Miller #30 of the Buffalo Sabres looks on during the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at HSBC Arena on March 5, 2010 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Michael LicataContributor INovember 2, 2016

The Buffalo Sabres continue to showcase late-period heroics. They scored two late goals on Wednesday and beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in a shootout.

It gave the Sabres a seven-point lead over the Ottawa Senators heading into Friday's game against the Sens. Ten games remain in the season and if the Sabres get two points out of the contest, the division title would all but be locked up.

The right players are starting to contribute more. Jochen Hecht is starting to find the net along with his linemates, Tim Connolly and Jason Pominville. Pominville continues to play well towards the end of the season. It's nice to see the scoring won't go to waste as the Sabres aren't fighting for the eighth playoff spot this season.

A big reason for the Sabres success rests with their best player, Ryan Miller. His Olympic performance locked up the Vezina trophy this season. Let's hope he can stay healthy and help the Sabres hoist the Stanley Cup this season.

He is just that good, and let's hope that the overworked won't affect his play this postseason. He's a workhorse. Miller also expects the same from his teammates and it showed after the poor starts that doomed the team after the Olympic break. He, along with some other locker room leaders, made sure the team starts scoring early and it happened often during their Florida trip.

It's nice to look at the standings to figure out which team gets the Sabres in the first round. That's still far from being decided, but it's interesting to evaluate which team matches up well against the Sabres and see the season series with the potential teams.

 

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