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All the teams Sabres fans care about had a day off yesterday, and most do again today. Enjoy your relaxation time!

NOTEBOOK: LIGHT PRACTICE DAY - Buffalo Sabres
Time off between games has been a rarity for the Sabres during the second half of the season, so Head Coach Lindy Ruff made Wednesday’s practice optional.

Most hated NHL players - THN
Patrick Kaleta comes in at #2! I knew he'd be on the list, but #2!? Ahead of Sean Avery! Gah.

Jeanneret and Hasek are of a Different Era - Hockey Rhetoric
A well-written article on the change in RJ since Jim Lorentz left and the rockstar nature of Dominik Hasek.

Buffalo Back To Back - Kukla's Korner
Darren Dreger of TSN explains why the Sabres have so many back-to-backs. Don't like it? Then you're gonna have to take fewer weekend home games.

Dirty Cheaters? Sorting Through NHL Penalties Team-By-Team - SBNation.com
Dirty players? Cheaters? What's the difference and who's the biggest offender in the NHL? Here's a team-by-team breakdown of who gets away with what -- and how that might impact the playoffs. Buffalo's spot may surprise you.

Recchi: Canadiens embellished Pacioretty’s injury for Chara case - Puck Daddy
Mark Recchi believes the Montreal Canadiens "embellished" Max Pacioretty's injuries to pressure the NHL into suspending Zdeno Chara.

Revenge dates going out of fashion in the NHL - The Globe and Mail
Canadiens face Bruins for first time since Pacioretty injured, but climate for payback much cooler.

Alex Ovechkin discusses his injury, decision to rest for playoffs - Capitals Insider
Capitals star left wing Alex Ovechkin spoke with reporters Wednesday for the first time since the team announced on Monday that the captain would miss seven to 10 days with an injury, the nature of which was not disclosed.

Daily Debate: Have the Lightning 'hit a wall'? - ESPN
Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun debate the fate of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are 2-4-4 in their past 10 games.