By Mike Harrington
PHILADELPHIA -- The Sabres skate this morning at 11:30 in Wells Fargo Center so keep it here for the latest updates in advance of tonight's game against the Flyers. Here's a quick tour of some NHL notes.
---In today's Inside the NHL column by John Vogl, Sabres GM Tim Murray says he doesn't expect any radical changes in the NHL draft lottery in future years. That potential has been the No. 1 teeth-gnasher for fans since CBC's Elliotte Friedman speculated a couple weeks ago the league may try to put some anti-tanking measures into the mix for the top spots with Connor McDavid available next year.
But as I remind people EVERY GAME on our pregame chat and seemingly five times a day on Twitter, Friedman was speculating. There has been ZERO chatter about this officially from the league or from anywhere else. He never reported it was going to happen. Major difference.
---The Leafs are just about toast in the Eastern Conference race after losing their home finale, 4-2, last night to Winnipeg. They were outshot, 39-15, at even strength in a must-win game! Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun called the loss "Fan Depreciation Night." Good one. Randy Carlyle has to be toast. Wonder what they do about GM Dave Nonis? Phil Kessel or Dion Phaneuf?
The Leafs are just one point behind Columbus for the final wild-card but have only three games left -- and the Blue Jackets have two games in hand. The Leafs are tied with New Jersey and the wild-card race would already be over were it not for the Devils' incredible 0-11 record in shootouts.
---The Tampa Bay Lightning put up a new statue on the plaza of Tampa Bay Times Forum, and it's an image of Sabres Hall of Famer and ex-Tampa captain Dave Andreychuk holding the Stanley Cup aloft after the team's Game Seven win over Calgary in 2004.
The ceremony outside included Scotty Bowman, Andreychuk's first coach in Buffalo after he was drafted in 1982. In the picture at the right from the team Web site, Andreychuk is at the podium addressing the crowd as his family looks on. You can click on the picture for a bigger view.
---The Wild beat the Penguins, 4-0, as old friend Cody McCormick got his first goal and first two points with Minnesota. Here's the video of the goal: