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Stupid Detroit couldn't clinch the playoffs for the Sabres, so I guess they'll have to do it themselves tomorrow. More Sabres links after the break.

Miller to get full test today - The Buffalo News
Ryan Miller came through an hourlong workout without any complications Wednesday and might be able to play sometime this weekend. Awaiting him today is a full practice with the Sabres and permission from his doctors, trainers and coach Lindy Ruff.

Sabres Off, But Miller Skates - WGR 550
The only Sabres that had to be down at the arena today were the injured group. Ryan Miller skated with Jordan Leopold, Mike Grier, Pat Kaleta and Derek Roy. Since Shaone Morrisonn hasn't been playing, he joined the group too.

Vanek up to his old tricks in win over Lightning - The Buffalo News
By tormenting Tampa Bay yet again Tuesday, he's put the Buffalo Sabres on the cusp of a return trip to the playoffs. It's obvious neither he nor his team plan to limp in this year.

Sabres could be a tough out for any playoff team - The Buffalo News
Which team wants to play Buffalo in the first round? Nobody.

More Sabres News:

TED BLACK LIVE CHAT - Buffalo Sabres
Here's a recap of the live online discussion with Sabres president Ted Black. Topics include arena renovation, a "Slug Appreciation Day," favorite movies, and more

Connolly Ditches Cliches, Dishes on the Science of Goal Scoring - buffalo74
Tim Connolly give us more than just the usual quotes in a recent interview.

Thoughts on an Amazing Regular Season - Sabrecast
A lengthy post about what a wild ride this season has been.

Pirates inching closer to division title - Maine Hockey Journal
The Portland Pirates moved one step closer to the AHL Atlantic Division title although they did have to work extra for the two points. And, they’re doing it with nine regulars out of the lineup because of injuries or recalls to Buffalo.


Playoff Race:

Hurricanes beat Wings to stay alive in playoff race -
Cam Ward made 42 saves and Jeff Skinner scored his 30th goal of the season as the Hurricanes kept their playoff hopes alive with a 3-0 win over the Red Wings on Wednesday.


NHL News:

Green expects to play for Capitals on Saturday -
The All-Star defenseman for the Capitals will miss his 19th consecutive game Wednesday, but it's likely he'll return to the lineup Saturday.

Look out, here come the San Jose Sharks - ESPN
Hard to believe a team with the most wins since the All-Star break could possibly go under the radar, but that's just the feeling you get with the sizzling San Jose Sharks.