Tonight in the NHL: Sabres try to keep playoff hopes alive

Tonight in the NHL: Sabres try to keep playoff hopes alive
April 14, 2013, 12:45 pm
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The Flyers have the day off a day after getting shut out by the Sabres, 1-0, despite Danny Briere's return to the lineup (see story).

Here are a couple NHL games to watch for on Sunday:

Lightning at Sabres, 5 p.m.

Buffalo will host Tampa Bay tonight, hoping to keep their unlikely playoff hopes alive. The Sabres are one of the teams ahead of the Flyers in the standings, yet Buffalo has been pretty good as of late, winning four of its last six.

Tampa Bay, on the other hand, is all but out of the playoff contention. They sit nine points behind the eight seed in the playoffs, a tall order to overcome considering they only have seven games left to play and multiple teams ahead of them.

The Lightning and Flyers are both tied in points and record, yet Tampa is third in its division and the orange and black rank last in the Atlantic.

Red Wings at Predators, 7:30 p.m.

If the Red Wings can defeat Nashville tonight and make it to the postseason, it would mark the 22nd consecutive season Detroit has made the playoffs.

Pavel Datsyuk has been a constant for the Red Wings this season, and will be the key to making the playoffs. Datsyuk is leading the team in goals with 13 and points with 39.

The Predators will most likely miss the playoffs and the frustration is showing from team captain Shea Weber.

"I can't go around babysitting the other guys," says Weber. "It's a personal thing. At the end of the day, you have to look at yourself in the mirror and say you are playing your hardest and you are doing everything you can to help the team win."

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