A loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs over the weekend damaged the Buffalo Sabres' chances of making the postseason, but they received some help on their off day.
The Sabres will try to stay afloat in the playoff race Tuesday night when they host the Maple Leafs to conclude a home-and-home set.
Buffalo trails Washington by two points for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, with three games remaining compared to two for the Capitals. The Sabres' prospects improved Monday night when the Capitals lost 4-2 at Tampa Bay.
Though Buffalo (38-31-10) has a game in hand, Washington - which is idle Tuesday - owns the tiebreaker.
"We've put ourselves in a tough spot," Buffalo right wing Jason Pominville said. "Instead of making it easy on ourselves, we're going to need some help and we're going to have to win our games. ... It might be the case where we have to win all three."
The Sabres didn't helped themselves with back-to-back losses over the weekend, 5-3 at home to...