"I think the players all understand," Ruff said. "I don't have to go talk to them and say listen, we've got to win a game tonight. We know that. We've said that for two months, we've got to win a game."
The Philadelphia game isn't an absolute must-win for the Sabres, but leaving Philadelphia without two points would make any hope of reaching the postseason a long shot.
The Sabres need to win at least one of their final two games -- Thursday against the Flyers and Saturday at the Bruins -- and hope for help from the Capitals and Panthers.