Buffalo (8th place, 36-28-9 in 73 games, 81 points) has the chance to gain ground with back-to-back home games this weekend against Florida tonight and New Jersey tomorrow.
Here’s a look at what the Rangers, Hurricanes and Leafs will be up to this weekend:
NY Rangers (7th place, 40-35-5 record in 75 games, 85 points)
Saturday: at Boston
Carolina (9th place, 34-29-10 in 73 games, 78 points)
Friday: at Tampa Bay
Saturday: vs. Tampa Bay
Toronto (10th place, 34-31-10 in 75 games, 78 points)
Saturday: at Detroit
For a look at the full NHL Standings entering Friday's action, click here
Knowing which teams the Sabres must hold off in order to earn a playoff berth begs the question: Do the players keep an eye on the out of town scoreboard in the Arena?
“I try not to, but sometimes you do look around to see what’s going on,” said Jason Pominville
. “If you look at last game we played in Montreal, we had no idea what the other scores were, but after the game we kind of asked around and figured out that everybody else had won. We can only control what we do, and that’s going out there and playing, and hopefully the rest will take care of itself.”Ryan Miller
was asked the same question following the team’s win over Montreal, and said he never gave it a thought.
“We don’t make a point of talking about it. It’s not something that really matters. It can’t affect our game out there. If you let it creep in, it’s just another distraction. You just keep it off to the side; there’s enough to worry about out there with your own game,” Miller said.