Buffalo Sabres Face a Must-Win Situation

no noContributor IApril 6, 2009

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 2:  Goaltender Ryan Miller #30 of the Buffalo Sabres tries to get a look at the puck around the screen of Johan Franzen #93 of the Detroit Red Wings during their NHL game on March 2, 2008 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. The Red Wings defeated the Sabres 4-2. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

The Buffalo Sabres will take on the Detroit Red Wings today at 7 p.m. in a must-win situation with only four games left, trailing the Rangers and Panthers for eighth place by four points.

Both New York and Florida have the night off as they face Montreal and Philadelphia respectively tomorrow night.

The Sabres can reach a maximum of 93 points to end out the season; the Rangers and Panthers can each max out at 95 points.

The scenario for Buffalo:

The Sabres MUST win all four remaining games; the Rangers and Panthers must lose two of their next three, which will put them at 91 points and Buffalo at 93.

If Buffalo loses one game, Florida and New York must lose out.. 

Buffalo's remaining schedule consists of two of the next four games at home, Detroit tonight, at Toronto on Wednesday, at Carolina on Thursday, and home to Boston on Saturday, which will be the season decider if all goes well for Buffalo.

Tonight's game is at 7 p.m. on Versus and TSN—a possible momentum booster for Buffalo in the last push for the playoffs.

Check out WGR550 AM radio for pre- and postgame analysis.

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                                                                                           -Bobby Giambra-


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