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No help, almost no hope

By Mike Harrington

The Sabres needed to get a few breaks out of town Thursday night in advance of Friday's visit by the Rangers. They got absolutely none of them.

1). The Rangers killed the pathetic Panthers, 6-1
2). The Islanders won in Toronto, 5-3
3). The Jets survived a late tying goal to beat Carolina in overtime, 4-3
4). The Senators ended the Capitals' eight-game win streak with a 3-1 win.

The Sabres have 44 points with four games left and the best they can do is 52. And they lose a tiebreaker with any teams. So here's a look at the standings:  

7. NYI 51 pts, 4 games left
8. NYR 48 pts, 5 games left 
9. WPG 48 pts, 4 games left
10. BUF 44 pts, 4 games left
11. NJD 42 pts, 5 games left 

It comes down to this: A regulation loss to the Rangers cooks the Sabres, leaving them with a maximum of 50 points and no tiebreakers to survive on. Just win. All four games. Then see what happens.

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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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