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Daily Links for Saturday, April 10

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Buffalo plays its penultimate game tonight against the Ottawa Senators at 7pm. It'll be interesting to see how Lindy Ruff balances the desire to beat the Senators at least once before the season ends with the desire to not injure or tire anyone out right before the playoffs start.

Vanek And Rivet To Return - WGR 550
Paul Hamilton gives us the skinny on who's in and who's out. If you hadn't heard, Mark Mancari was sent back to Portland on Thursday night.

And One - The Goose's Roost
Ryan asks: What exactly is a division banner worth anyway?

Buffalo Sabres Beard-a-thon - Buffalo Sabres
Now you have an air-tight excuse to grow a playoff beard - a tax-deductible, charitable donation! Also, make sure to watch the fantastic video with Sabres players wearing fake and terrifying facial hair. Kevin Sylvester's "beard" will give me nightmares for a week.

Current 2010 NHL Playoff Matchups - ESPN
Find out the latest National Hockey League playoff matchups on after last night's games.

For Flyers, a chance to make up for failings - Philadelphia Inquirer
Listening to the Flyers after Thursday's practice, you'd think it was a good thing to be on all fours, scrambling for a playoff spot on the final weekend of the season.

Avs Coach Joe Sacco explains why Duchene deserves Calder - Puck Daddy
Meanwhile, everyone in Buffalo sticks their fingers in their ears and goes "LA LA LA LA LA".

Chemistry a key to defense tandems -
Finding chemistry between two defensemen and sustaining success involves teamwork and patience. I feel good about Myers and Tallinder in the playoffs.

Overtimes, shootouts reach record levels -
This season saw a record number of overtime games and shootouts.'s John Kreiser takes a look at more statistical oddities.

NHL Scoring Race: The Remaining Schedule - From The Rink
A quick look at the remaining schedule for the NHL players involved in the Rocket Richard and Art Ross trophy races.

A fond farewell to the retiring Kerry Fraser - Down Goes Brown
After 30 years and over 1,900 games, this Sunday's Flyers/Rangers tilt will mark the final game of longtime NHL referee Kerry Fraser's career, and DGB says goodbye in their own special way.