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Game Day Preview: San Jose Sharks vs. Buffalo Sabres

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The San Jose Sharks come into Buffalo in the middle of five game east-coast road trip.  They have gone 1-0-2 in the first three games, only beating Boston on Tuesday night.  The Sabres are coming off back-to-back losses to the Senators in which on Wednesday they completely stunk up the joint, going 1-12 on the powerplay on route to a 3-1 loss.  This will be the only matchup for the Sabres against the Sharks this season, unless both teams make the Stanley Cup Finals.  The Sabres are 11-1 all time against the San Jose Sharks at home, the only loss coming in 2005.

This will be the first game for Craig Rivet after being traded from the Sharks in the off season.  Rivet played 91 games with the Sharks in a season and a half.  He had six goals and 37 assists during his time in San Jose.  

The Sabres are in the 8th spot in the conference thanks to the Panthers win last night.  They are tied with the Panthers at 62 points with 27 games left.  According to playoffstatus.com, the Sabres have a 72% chance of making the playoffs, not including the games from last night.  We "control our destiny" until the 5th position in the conference and can go as high as 4th.  The Sabres desperately need this win tonight if for nothing more than gaining confidence heading into this stretch of games.