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Buffalo Sabres Daily Links: The Playoffs Begin

The Sabres continue their annual tradition of running talented centers out of town, then complaining about how the team has no centers.
The Sabres continue their annual tradition of running talented centers out of town, then complaining about how the team has no centers.

It's Day 1 of the 2012 NHL playoffs, so kiss your significant other goodbye, and tell them you'll be back in 2 months. Playoff previews coming later today.

- Bill Hoppe's thoughts on the Roy/Ruff kerfuffle. [Tonawanda News]

- Thomas Vanek finally admitted to injury, and how he can be more consistent. [WGR]

- An All-Star end-of-the-year Sabres podcast featuring Joe from Buffalo Wins, Dave Davis of Kukla's Korner, Matthew Stewart from the Daily Torch, and our own Zach Zielonka. [Buffalo Wins]

- This year feels similar to many other Sabres years, and that's not a good thing. [The Goose's Roost]

- Great expectations led to a greater letdown. [Two In The Box]

- This post gets real heavy, real fast, but it's a very interesting and thorough look and win expectation models. [The Hosers]

- The ice has officially been melted at the FNC, pics included. [Buffalo.com]

NHL Playoff Links:

- The keys to the first round series in the Eastern Conference. [SI.com]

- Th Bruins just announced that Nathan Horton will miss the playoffs with a concussion. This is my sad face :o [Twitter]

- Here are the 5 excuses you'll hear from every team after a loss. [ESPN]

- Your gambling guide to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. [Grantland]

- Playoff haikus for each series. [CBS]

- NBC's got full coverage of every playoff game on its various networks. [SI.com]

Other NHL News:

- The Edmonton Oilers won the draft lottery for the third year in a row, lucky jerks. But hey, at least it wasn't the Leafs. [NHL.com]

- The Oilers are now one step closer to being great good relevant again. [THN]

- Jeremy Roenick drops some bombs on the Marek vs. Wyshynski podcast about how you can't ever say anything bad about the almighty Pittsburgh Penguins. [Puck Daddy]

- Why do coaches and GMs wait until the offseason to be honest about their team's struggles? [Backhand Shelf]