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Standings update: One point from the basement

ST. LOUIS -- The Sabres are in a situation where they can't be looking up at eighth place because it's so far away (nine points). They have to be looking back and, as Satchel Paige sort of said, lots of somethings are gaining on them.

Look what happened Friday night:

---Montreal got a point in losing in a shootout at Pittsburgh, 5-4. Had the Habs won the shootout, they would have moved ahead of the Sabres and dropped them into 12th in the East.

---Carolina blanked Washington, 3-0

---Tampa Bay won at Dallas,  2-1.

It all means the non-playoff teams in the East look like this:

9. Toronto 51 points
10. Winnipeg 49
11. Buffalo 43
12. Montreal  43
13. Islanders 42
14. Tampa Bay 42
15. Carolina 42

It's possible by the end of Saturday night the Sabres could be in LAST PLACE in the East but the combination is tricky. Montreal is at Toronto, Carolina is at the Islanders and Tampa is at Phoenix. The big thing is Carolina would need to win in overtime and have the Sabres lose and both teams could pass Buffalo. Montreal and Tampa Bay need just one point if the Sabres lose to move ahead on tiebreakers.

Crazy. I guess for $65 million, you too can build a last-place team.

---Mike Harrington

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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.

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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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