Daily Links for Saturday, March 19

The Sabres take on the Atlanta Thrashers tonight and will hopefully be well rested after having three days off for the first time since the All-Star Break. Two big points tonight, boys.

Sabres back in action hosting resurgent Thrashers - NHL.com
The game preview from our intrepid league website.

Sabres Ready For Weekend Homestand - WGR 550
Ruff had all skaters except for Jochen Hecht and Patrick Kaleta on the ice. The bench boss said there is no new update on Hecht's upper body injury. The defensive pairings remained the same from Tuesday night's game with Chris Butler skating as the odd-man out in the equation.

A special gathering of Sabres Alumni and the "Jersey Off My Back" promotion are just two of the highlights of Fan Appreciation Night.

Sabres, Hurricanes enter Statistical Nightmare in Stretch Playoff Run - buffalo74
Do the Sabres or 'Canes have a schedule advantage for their remaining games?

The dilemma of a transplanted fan - 3rd Man In
A nice article on living far away from the team you love.

More answers to your questions from Ted Black. 

Playoff Race:

Hurricanes 3, Islanders 2, OT - NHL.com
Joni Pitkanen notched the game-winning goal in overtime to cap a 3-2 win by the Carolina Hurricanes over the New York Islanders on Friday night in Raleigh.

Rangers 6, Canadiens 3 - NHL.com
The New York Rangers collected five goals in the opening period before eventually ending up with a 6-3 win over the visiting Montreal Canadiens Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

Caps keep rolling, blank Devils 3-0 - NHL.com
Mike Knuble notched two goals and one assist and Michal Neuvirth stopped 33 shots as the Washington Capitals shutout the New Jersey Devils, 3-0, on Mar. 18.


NHL News:

Canes' Late-Game Woes Costing Points - Canes Country
The Canes are one of the lowest-ranking teams in the NHL in goals against after the second intermission. Can this be fixed?

USA Hockey names Blais as coach for 2012 WJC - NHL.com
The U.S. will once again turn to Dean Blais to lead the its National Junior Team to international prominence.

GQ ranks Montreal Canadiens fans among worst in sports - Puck Daddy
On the same day some are asking if the Montreal Canadiens are the NHL's most hated team, the venerable Gentleman's Quarterly magazine has named Habs fans, aka Frostbitten Hooligans, as the 11th "worst" fan base in America.

Watching Slap Shot For the First Time - Splitsider
Comedian Alden Ford watches the hockey classic "Slap Shot" for the first time.

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