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Sabres-Laffs pregame

Some quick notes as we head toward faceoff of the Sabres-Leafs game tonight:

----A special touch just for tonight on the blog. Instead of our standard live updates, Jerry Sullivan will be hosting a live chat throughout the game beginning in the 7:15 range. If you got a look at Sully's live chat from a Super Bowl party Sunday night, it was pretty uproarious (I loved when the kids logged on upstairs and asked for the adults to send up more food -- and Sully responded with the edict to bring their dishes down). Should be a good time again. Sully's chat will appear on this blog and not on his own area, Sully on Sports.  (By the way, if you don't visit that one much, you should make it a habit).

---The Sabres are aware that their platinum pricing structure is a boondoggle but we'd probably all be surprised to look at their books on the topic too. Even failing to sell out these overpriced games, the revenue from ticket sales is probably at or above normal levels. Of course, they take a hit on concessions, souvenirs, etc. The economy tanked after these prices were developed and I'm sure they'll be re-evaluated this summer.

---More platinum: Two hours ago, I went on and was able to buy 10 tickets together in Section 118 for tonight's game. Two hours before faceoff! Face value: $214 apiece. Was just checking. I wasn't that stupid. How many empty seats will there be tonight?

---All that said, it was a bad move to put back-to-back platinums (tonight and Friday against Montreal) after being out of town for two weeks. Boo. They knew they blew it too because they've been offering jerseys for people who make ticket purchases for either game.

---People, please stop emailing me and calling WGR to say the Sabres should trade for Vincent Lecavalier. Not happening. And do you really think the Lightning would take, say, Hecht-Tallinder-MacArthur for their star? Come on. Reality check, folks.

----I had a good chat with Ryan Miller after today's morning skate. He should be fresh, unlike most of his teammates, after not playing Monday in Anaheim. Good move by Ruff & Co. to manipulate the schedule to get Miller some rest. Saturday's shutout in Phoenix was by no means spectacular but it was one of my favorite Miller games of the year. There were a couple bad, bad goals in Calgary but you had to love the way Miller bounced back. Something tells me that last year, the Calgary game became two or three bad games in a row for No. 30. Not this year.

---Anyone watch the Leafs-Panthers last night on Center Ice? Toronto played two good periods, had a 3-1 lead and then choked it away. The Panthers tied it in the final minute and won it on OT to get a huge two points and keep the heat on Buffalo. Thanks for nothing, Leafs. Should be interesting to see if the negative vibe from the end of that one carries on to tonight for the visitors.

---Mike Harrington


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John Vogl

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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