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#76 | SABRES vs WILD | SAT MAR 24 | 7:00PM ET


GDT#76: SABRES (36-29-10) vs WILD (31-32-10) – SAT MAR 24 – 7:00PM ET – MSG-B, FS-N (Full Story)

(AP) – The Buffalo Sabres are surging behind Drew Stafford, Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno.

They'll look for a fourth straight win Saturday night as they continue their pursuit of a playoff berth when they host the
Minnesota Wild.

Buffalo (36-29-10) is 12-2-4 since Feb. 17, improving from 14th place in the Eastern Conference to currently being
tied with Washington for eighth. The Sabres, who also trail seventh-place Ottawa by two points, were 10 points out of
a spot before this hot streak.

"We're just trying to ride this wave as long as we can," Stafford said.

The line of Stafford, Ennis and Foligno has been a key, combining for eight points in Friday's 4-1 road win over the New
York Rangers. The trio has totaled 33 points over a 5-0-2 stretch since Foligno was called up from the minors March 9.

The rookie has created a sense of excitement for the Sabres, who are eager for a strong finish.

"We've put a lot of work into getting to the position where we're at right now, but obviously we're not there yet,"
Stafford said. "We're not worried about the other teams around us. We know if we play well, take care of our business
and win the games, we'll be sitting just fine. Right now we haven't accomplished anything."

Buffalo's opponents are 2 for 31 on the power play in the last 12 games. The Sabres do not figure to get much of a
challenge from a Minnesota unit among the league's worst at 15.1 percent.

The Wild (31-32-10) have not won a road game in regulation since Feb. 2 and enter this two-game trip aware of how
well their opponents are playing.

"They've got a good team, they play their game well, they know what it is and certainly a team like that they had some
struggles earlier but quite often that can strengthen your group if you get through it the right way and they appear to
be going in that direction," Minnesota coach Mike Yeo said.

Yeo was forced to employ a depleted group of defensemen in Thursday's 3-2 shootout win over Calgary. Jared
Spurgeon left after getting elbowed in the head and Marco Scandella exited after blocking a shot with his hand.
SABRES BEAT THE BEST, INCH CLOSER TO FINAL PLAYOFF SPOT (Full Story)

(Buffalo News) – If Friday is any indication — and it almost assuredly was — the final two weeks of the NHL season are
going to be filled with so many twists and turns that motion-sickness patients will be forbidden from taking part.

The Sabres expect to be part of the ride after yet another victory.

Buffalo believes it can beat anyone right now, and it proved it again. The Sabres dispatched the top team in the
Eastern Conference, earning a 4-1 victory over the New York Rangers. The Sabres pulled even with eighth-place
Washington for the second time this week, each team putting up 82 points in 75 games.

"We've worked our way to get there, but we're not done yet," Sabres right wing Drew Stafford said in Madison Square
Garden. "We know that we're a good team. We're a playoff team. ... We just hadn't been able to put it together till
now when it counts."

As Friday showed, every minute counts now. The Sabres scored twice in the third period to pull away. Almost
simultaneously, the Capitals collapsed. They held a 3-0 lead at home over Winnipeg but lost in overtime, 4-3. The
seventh-place Ottawa Senators got trounced by Montreal and are just two points ahead of the Sabres and Caps.

"If we can get one more team involved, it's just one extra spot up for grabs," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "It just
creates some pressure. If we win out we're in, and that's a good feeling when you can control your own destiny."

Goaltender Ryan Miller — who combined with Stafford, Tyler Ennis and Travis Turnbull to drop the Rangers — says no
one's destiny is written.
POMINVILLE NOMINATED FOR MASTERTON TROPHY (Full Story)

(Buffalo News) – There have been plenty of long nights for the Sabres. They lead the league in back-to-back games,
and they often arrive home or in the next city after most Buffalonians have gone to bed.

Corey Tropp would love to sleep in those following mornings. Who wouldn't? But the rookie has learned from Jason
Pominville that's not the wisest move.

Tropp is Pominville's roommate on the road and has a stall next to the captain in First Niagara Center. He sees
firsthand that dedication to hockey at all times leads to success when it matters most. Tropp sees why the Buffalo
chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association has voted Pominville as its candidate for the Bill Masterton
Memorial Trophy.

"Part of the things you don't understand when you're growing up as a young guy is how hard it actually is to play 82
games and be at your best every night," Tropp said. "You need to stick to a certain scheduled routine and not break
from your routine. There's going to be mornings when you're tired, but you've still got to get up, get your breakfast in,
get your stretches in and get on the bike, do the little things that are going to make you better at 7 o'clock that night,
even if you don't want to do it that morning.

"I've only roomed with him the last couple road trips, but I've definitely caught on to a few of the things he does on a
routine basis. I think that's why he plays almost every game, if not every game, for the last handful of years and why
he's as good as he is."
WILD'S YEO CRIES FOUL AFTER BLOW TO SPURGEON (Full Story)

(Minneapolis Star Tribune) – Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon has a concussion and could be finished for the season,
and coach Mike Yeo is upset with the elbow that caused it all.

It happened 7 minutes, 57 seconds into Thursday's game with Calgary at Xcel Energy Center when Flames forward
Alex Tanguay caught Spurgeon in the head with an elbow that Yeo called "dirty."

"It's a flying elbow," Yeo said of the hit. "The elbow is extended, and almost above his head. It's almost above the
player's head -- not Jared Spurgeon's head -- when it makes contact. So this is twice now we've lost Jared Spurgeon -
-who is really an underrated player around this league, and an incredibly important piece to our lineup -- off dirty hits,
real bad hits, this year."

Tanguay was assessed a two-minute minor, but it's clear Yeo believes the hit warranted more.

The NHL, however, will not take further action against Tanguay.

In a Dec. 26 game against Colorado, Spurgeon was checked into the boards from behind by Cody McCleod. Spurgeon
missed two games because of a lower-body injury. McCleod was given a major and a game misconduct but was not
suspended by the league.

This time Spurgeon will be out longer than two games. With only seven games left, Spurgeon might be done for the
season.



BUFFALO SABRES

Lineup News & Notes (News)

Above, LW1 is #82 Marcus Foligno and RW4 is #65 Travis Turnbull. Matt Ellis (MCL), Nathan Gerbe (upper body) and
Patrick Kaleta (hand) were scratched in Buffalo's last game, a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers on Friday. Jochen
Hecht (concussion) also missed Friday's game and remains out indefinitely. Ellis, Gerbe and Kaleta are expected to
miss tonight's game as well. The Sabres have yet to confirm if they are starting Ryan Miller or Jhonas Enroth in goal.

Weekly Transactions

Buffalo announced the signing of Phil Varone to a three-year ELC on Monday. Brayden McNabb was returned to
AHL/Rochester following Monday's win in Tampa Bay. Buffalo later recalled Travis Turnbull from AHL/Rochester on an
emergency basis on Tuesday.

According to the Stats

Buffalo are: 29-3-2 when allowing two or fewer goals; 27-4-4 when scoring three or more; 21-4-6 when Derek Roy
records a point; 20-4-1 when Christian Ehrhoff records a point; 13-1-5 when Tyler Ennis records a point; and 6-2-2 in
their last ten games.


MINNESOTA WILD

Lineup News & Notes (News)

Above, LW2 is #26 Erik Christensen, RD2 is #77 Tom Gilbert and RD3 is #38 Steve Kampfer. Justin Falk (knee),
Kurtis Foster and Matt Kassian (groin) were scratched in Minnesota's last game, a 3-2 shootout win over Calgary on
Thursday. Pierre-Marc Bouchard (concussion), Guillaume Latendresse (concussion) and Mike Lundin (hernia) are out
for the season. Marco Scandella (lower body) and Jared Spurgeon (concussion) were both hurt in Thursday's game,
but Scandella is expected to play tonight. Niklas Backstrom (lower body), Falk, Kassian and Spurgeon did not travel
with the team to Buffalo. The Wild are expected to start Josh Harding in goal tonight with Matthew Hackett as his
backup.

Weekly Transactions

Minnesota recalled Matthew Hackett from AHL/Houston Friday on an emergency basis. (BTW Minnesota has used all
four of their non-emergency recalls already)

According to the Stats

Minnesota are: 3-6-1 in their last ten games.

Danny Heatley has 24 goals and 27 assists in 44 career games against Buffalo.




BUFFALO SABRES

1. Can this team ACTUALLY do it? (ALL PLAYOFF CHASE DISCUSSION HERE) <21000 views>

2. The Turning Point of the Season <250 views>

3. Pominville nominated for Masterton Trophy <0 views>


MINNESOTA WILD (Forum)

1. 2011-12 Prospect Thread II <19500 views>

2. Offseason? You want to talk about the offseason? <5500 views>

3. Injury Report: Spurgeon (Concussion) <500 views>



A/V CLUB

03/23: Mike Yeo talks to the media following Minnesota's practice. <4:33>



03/24: Christian Ehrhoff talks to the media before Buffalo's game against Minnesota. <2:33>

03/24: Lindy Ruff talks to the media before Buffalo's game against Minnesota. <5:25>

03/24: Jed Ortmeyer, Mike Yeo talk to the media before Minnesota's game in Buffalo. <9:26>

03/24: Kevin Sylvester previews tonight's game from First Niagara Center. <1:18>



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gotta have this game. The win against the Rags was nice, but this is one you gotta win.

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A win tomorrow puts the pressure on Washington to do the same on Sunday and potentially ties the Sabs with Ottawa. The Sens have to be thinking, "oh ****" now. Having a second door into the playoffs would be huge. All these games are huge...

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Good luck guys!!

I am rooting for you to make the playoffs!!

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Trap game. Loss.

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In regulation.

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This game scares me so much more than the Rangers game did.

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I'll be there tonight .... This game makes me nervous, but so did the last 10 games. Dig down and come out fast and physical. Get a couple before they know what happens.

Optimism here...

4-2 Sabres

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In regulation.
they way you've been predicting games lately I'm glad to see you expect a loss

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yah no chance in this one. wild in like 7-1

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I can score goals like Tyler E vs Minnesota

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Minnesota (and Columbus) always give the Sabres trouble. Bet this is a close game. This may go to Overtime.

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they way you've been predicting games lately I'm glad to see you expect a loss
Glad you're catching on to my schtick


4-2 Minn

Seto, Heater, Cullen, Brodziak

Ennis, Roy

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a point would be acceptable, imo.....

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Worried about Heatley and nobody else. Also, Tropp vs. Kampfer again. Interesting.

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I cant see us losing this. Minn wants a draft spot as much as we want a playoff spot. We're both fighting for the same outcome.

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So we to route for the Penguins and Kings tonight?

I know Boston has 2 games in hand but if they lose (in regulation) and we win we'd be 3 points back of them and they are 4-6-0 in their last 10 and with Ottawa (the only other Northeast team in the top 8) being 3-5-2 in their last 10 is it totally unrealistic if we stay hot and they continue to slip that we might catch lightning in a bottle and do something unthinkable and take #3?

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So we to route for the Penguins and Kings tonight?

I know Boston has 2 games in hand but if they lose (in regulation) and we win we'd be 3 points back of them and they are 4-6-0 in their last 10 and with Ottawa (the only other Northeast team in the top 8) being 3-5-2 in their last 10 is it totally unrealistic if we stay hot and they continue to slip that we might catch lightning in a bottle and do something unthinkable and take #3?
Sabres finish 6-1. Boston finishes 3-6 (including that last game of the season head to head). Buffalo Sabres 2012 Northeast division champions. Book it.

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Sabres finish 6-1. Boston finishes 3-6 (including that last game of the season head to head). Buffalo Sabres 2012 Northeast division champions. Book it.
my body would explode from joy

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Foligno won't let us lose.

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Trap game.
I see what you did there.

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I cant see us losing this. Minn wants a draft spot as much as we want a playoff spot. We're both fighting for the same outcome.
not true at all, players want to prove the belong in the NHL and will not intentially tank

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