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Buffalo is back in action tonight against the just-remembered-how-to-play-well Canadiens, home tonight at 7:30. I really like the batch of links after the break as well including (finally) a ruling on head shots, questions about the Sharks and Pens, what it's like for d-men to move from right to left, some NCAA controversy, and a possible steroid alert in Washington. The playoffs are coming, folks, and there's a lot of good hockey talk to be had.

SABRES RETURN HOME WITH BREATHING ROOM - Buffalo Sabres
Monday’s day off isn’t the only reason the Buffalo Sabres are feeling refreshed.

NOTEBOOK: HECHT REAPING THE REWARDS OF HARD WORK - Buffalo Sabres
Jochen Hecht may not have transformed his game coming into the year, but the results thus far say otherwise.

Early favorites for NHL's awards - Sporting News
Yet another awards post, but this one stands out for hearing what Chris Drury has to say about Ryan Miller and what Miller has to say about Tyler Myers.

Power Rankings Roundup:
Sports Illustrated: #11 (posted 3/23)
sportsnet.ca: #8 (posted 3/22)
TSN: #6 (posted 3/22)

Board of Governors approves hit to head rule - NHL.com
The National Hockey League's Board of Governors tonight unanimously approved a rule prohibiting "a lateral, back-pressure or blind-side hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and/or the principal point of contact."

Moving from right to left - The Globe and Mail
Why right-handed NHL defenceman are finding the transition of moving to the other side of the rink a frustrating struggle

San Jose Sharks have lost their mojo with playoffs around the corner - ESPN
The NHL playoffs are still three weeks away, but for all intents and purposes, they start tonight for the San Jose Sharks in Minnesota.

Are the Penguins a dirty team? - Winging It In Motown
Given recent events (especially those against the Red Wings) are the Penguins a dirty team?

NCAA Discusses Bracket Changes - Western College Hockey Blog
The NCAA explains their decision to keep some teams closer to home in the NCAA tournament.

Steroid investigators visit Capitals after local doctor arrest - Puck Daddy
This doesn't sound like anything too serious, but it could be something to keep an eye on.