Both the Tampa Bay Lightning and Buffalo Sabres are trying to make a push into playoff contention.
Both teams, though, still have a lot of work remaining.
The surging squads meet Saturday in Buffalo, where the Sabres will try to extend a pair of point streaks at the expense of the Lightning.
Buffalo (24-24-6) is currently in 11th place in the East, eight points behind Toronto for the eighth and final playoff spot with two teams to leapfrog. The Sabres picked up two vital points Friday night, rallying from a two-goal, third-period deficit to post a 3-2 shootout victory over the Dallas Stars.
Nathan Gerbe netted the winning shootout tally for the Sabres, who have a 10-game point streak at home (6-0-4) as well as points in six straight games (5-0-1) overall. Thomas Vanek ended a 10-game goalless drought with his team-high 20th tally, and Derek Roy forced overtime by scoring with 39 seconds to play.
"We need character wins like that, and it's a big two points for us,'' Roy said. We...