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Daily Links for Friday, April 8

Happy Friday, everyone! By the end of the day, the Sabres could be in the playoffs -- take a second and drink that in. Many more Sabres links after the break.

Ruff says Miller will play this weekend - Sabres Edge
Ryan Miller participated fully in practice today, and the Sabres' injured goaltender is ready to play as Buffalo enters its final two games of the season.

NOTEBOOK: 80 DOWN, 2 TO GO - Buffalo Sabres
Eighty games down, two to go. Despite being so close to the finish line of the regular season, there are still questions left to be answered.

A special gathering of Sabres Alumni and the "Jersey Off My Back" promotion are just two of the highlights of Fan Appreciation Night.

Sabres pot three-peat as Adam takes AHL honors |
Congratulations to the Luke Adam for being named the AHL's Most Outstanding Rookie for the 2010-11 season. Congrats to the Buffalo Sabres scouting staff as well, as the award marks the third straight year a Sabres prospect has earned the honor (Nathan Gerbe 2008-09, Tyler Ennis 2009-10)

5 reasons to be optimistic about the Sabres playoff chances - Buffalo Wins
A very nice article to get you pumped for the team to hopefully clinch a playoff spot.

More Sabres News:

I’m Not Scared! - The Willful Caboose
Kate was scared, but now she's not. Are you?

10 reasons Buffalo is "Hockey Heaven" - Two Minutes for Roughing
We're getting there, anyway.

Foligno savours success - The Sudbury Star
Foligno was a physical force in his team's sweep of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final against the favoured 67's.


Playoff Race:

Thrashers damage Rangers' hopes with 3-0 win -
Rob Schremp and Andrew Ladd scored 15 seconds apart in the second period, Ondrej Pavelec made 29 saves and the Atlanta Thrashers delivered a crushing blow to the New York Rangers' playoff hopes with a 3-0 victory at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.

Senators 3, Canadiens 2, OT -
Mike Cammalleri tied the game with 10 seconds left but Filip Kuba scored the winner in overtime, leading the Senators to a 3-2 win over the Canadiens on Thursday.


NHL News:

NHL Scouting VP EJ McGuire passes away -
Edward John "EJ" McGuire, Vice President of NHL Central Scouting Bureau, one of the most beloved, respected and accomplished men in all of hockey, died Thursday in Toronto from cancer at the age of 58.

After Flyers' Ottawa trip, not a happy Homer - Philadelphia Daily News
Paul Holmgren flipped off the television. He was in South Jersey, watching his Flyers play in Ottawa, and decided he had seen enough.

Re-visiting pre-season predictions - THN
Adam looks back at his personal prognostications from the start of the season to see how they all turned out.

With 4-game ban, NHL makes Raffi Torres its playoff scarecrow - Puck Daddy
Playoff games are often viewed as being "worth" two regular-season games in NHL circles. So the four-game suspension for Vancouver Canucks winger Raffi Torres is, in essence, six games for this hit to the head of Jordan Eberle of the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night: