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The NHL Playoff schedule was released last night and Buffalo will play its first game in Philadelphia on Thursday, April 14. Many more links, Sabres and otherwise, after the break.

Contrast in fortunes featured in Flyers-Sabres showdown -
Struggling Philadelphia Flyers face red-hot Buffalo Sabres.

BEYOND THE BOARDS - Buffalo Sabres
For the ninth time in their respective histories, the Buffalo Sabres and Philadelphia Flyers will battle one another in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  

NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Preview: Round 1 - THN
It came down to the final game of the regular season for all the playoff matchups to be set, but the road to the Stanley Cup has begun with eight terrific series to watch. Who will win this year's championship? It all starts here.

Spite club: Sabres draw Flyers - The Buffalo News
It's tough to find a more hated playoff rival in Buffalo than the Philadelphia Flyers.

Sabres pose problems for Flyers in first round of playoffs -
Flyers followers have every right to be nervous about drawing the Sabres in the first round. Their orange-and-black heroes hardly appear to be in playoff mode. They lost 14 of the final 21 regular-season games and their loose defensive play in Saturday night's 7-4 win over the Islanders at the Wells Fargo Center was far from inspiring.

Q&A with Ted Black - Hockey Night in Buffalo
Caroline bumps into Ted Black in a hotel lobby and gets him to answer a few questions.

More Sabres News:

Sabres vs. Flyers: Round One Prognostications - buffalo74
How do the teams match up in several key areas?

It All Comes Back to Vanek - Top Shelf
Vanek has really come into his own this season.

The 5 Stomach-Knottingest Stories Of The Sabres’ Season - Black & Blue & Gold
Here are Black & Blue & Gold’s five most stomach-knotting stories of the 2010/2011 season, in no particular order.


NHL News:

Jacques Lemaire won’t return to coach Devils next season - Puck Daddy
New Jersey Devils fans wanted one last ride. One more full season with Jacques Lemaire behind the bench, Martin Brodeur between the pipes and the stench from the team's disastrous start in 2010 washed away by 2011's unanticipated optimism.

Canucks' Sedin, Luongo and Schneider win NHL trophies - NHL Awards
Left wing Daniel Sedin won his first career Art Ross Trophy as NHL scoring leader, while Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider earned the William Jennings Trophy as the goaltenders on the club allowing the fewest goals.

Avalanche beat Oilers in overtime in Foote's last game - TSN
Adam Foote put on a vintage defensive display in the final moments of his final game before gliding off the ice -- and into retirement -- on a winning note

Stat Nerd Sunday: Pre-Stanley Cup Playoffs stat-gasm - Puck Daddy
Scoring goes down in the playoffs. Perhaps you'd heard. But how drastically?

NHL Draft drawing to be held Tuesday - 2011 NHL Entry Draft
The National Hockey League Draft Drawing, a weighted system to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, will take place Tuesday, April 12, at 8 p.m. ET.