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First goal in sight

The preseason objective was clear: The Buffalo Sabres wanted to return to the playoffs after a two-year drought. A win tonight against Ottawa completes that plan.

"Our goal was to get back in the playoffs after being as close as we were the last couple of years [2009, 2008]. We’d like to get it done tonight," coach Lindy Ruff said this morning. "Our goal now is to try and win a [division] championship."

The Sabres canceled their morning skate again today, with only injured Raffi Torres, scratched defenseman Andrej Sekera and backup goaltender Patrick Lalime taking the ice. Most of the other Sabres were milling around, working on equipment and getting ready for their nemesis.

"We know it's a big game," forward Adam Mair said. "I'm sure they view this as almost a must-win, especially if they have hopes of winning the division. We want to continue playing well, especially at home."

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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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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