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Daily Links for Thursday, March 3

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Get ready for some of the biggest regular season Thursday night hockey you'll see all year - the ninth place Sabres play the eighth place Hurricanes tonight in a no holds barred Royal Rumble for the final playoff spot in the East. Still, remember that our season is not over if we lose this game. We'll still be close to NY and Carolina with at least 2 games in hand. That being said, GO SABRES!

Two big points on the line as Sabres visit Carolina -
NHL GameCenter Preview - Buffalo Sabres at Carolina Hurricanes, March 3, 2011.

Vanek ready to face Canes - Sabres Edge
Thomas Vanek skipped the Sabres' practice today, but there's no way he's going to miss their game against Carolina on Thursday

Boyes gets acquainted, gets on the score sheet - The Buffalo News
Brad Boyes, less than 24 hours after meeting his new Buffalo teammates, took the ice with them for the first time Tuesday. He was just glad a quiz wasn't required to join the squad in Madison Square Garden.

Gaping Blue Line - Sabre Noise
So the Sabres finally waived Craig Rivet. He’s gone. But they didn’t actually fix the leak, the hole in the defensive zone.

The Jerrys - The Willful Caboose
Do you have to pay attention to things that get in the way of your enjoyment of following the Sabres in order to be a true fan?

Trevor Gillies ejected for Cal Clutterbuck hit following 9-game ban - Puck Daddy
Here's the play that prompted former Islanders GM Mike Milbury to say on VERSUS, "This guy is not a hockey player. Get him out of the League, as soon as you can."

Top 10: Best NHL deadline trades - THN
Adam Proteau counts down his favorite deals from on and around the NHL's trade deadline period.

Devils' Zach Parise ready to resume skating -
For the first time in five months, New Jersey Devils forward Zach Parise can once again lace on the blades.


Young players poorly protected, Marty McSorley says - The Globe and Mail
Former NHL enforcer has come to recognize that head injuries suffered years ago are now playing a big role in his day-to-day life.

The six remaining NHL arenas with seamless glass are scheduled for a makeover in the offseason.