Found March 05, 2012 on Red Light District Hockey:
The Morning After:
Yesterday’s results:
Rangers 4, Bruins 3
Islanders 1, Devils 0
Blackhawks 2, Red Wings 1
Panthers 4, Senators 2
Stars 3, Flames 2 (SO)
Flyers 1, Capitals 0
Avalanche 2, Wild 0

RLD 3 stars of the night:
1. Ilya Bryzgalov, PHI (34 saves, shutout)
2. Semyon Varlamov, COL (30 saves, shutout)
3. Anders Nilsson, NYI (24 saves, shutout)

Tonight’s slate:
Coyotes @ Penguins, 7:00 ET
Sabres @ Jets, 8:00
Oilers @ Ducks, 10:00

Game of the night:
Buffalo Sabres @ Winnipeg Jets
8:00 ET… TV: NBC Sports Network, Local Networks

Overall: Sabres (30-27-8) … Jets (31-27-8)
Away/Home: Sabres (14-16-1) … Jets (20-10-4)
Last 10: Sabres (6-2-2) … Jets (5-3-2)
Season Series: 2-0-1 Jets

Starting goaltenders:
BUF- Ryan Miller (2011-12 stats: 22-17-5, 2.59 GAA)
WPG- Ondrej Pavelec (2011-12 stats: 24-21-7, 2.77 GAA)

Injury report:
BUF- Robyn Regehr (hip, doubtful), Cody McCormick (upper body, out), Jochen Hecht (concussion, out)
WPG- Zach Bogosian (wrist, doubtful)

Three things to watch:
1. Battle for 8th seed in the East
The Eastern Conference playoff race has gotten a lot more interesting in the last few days. Five teams – Winnipeg, Washington, Tampa Bay, Buffalo and Toronto – are all within three points of each other from seeds 8 through 12. Tonight will be a big game in this race. With a regulation win the Sabres can move into a tie with the Jets for the 8th seed.
2. Suddenly-surging Sabres
How have the Sabres put themselves in a position to tie Winnipeg tonight? They’ve taken advantage of an average conference by surging into 11th in the East with a 6-0-1 stretch in their last seven games. Ryan Miller has been spectacular in net, while the offense is getting contributions from all around.
3. Winnipeg’s power play
The Jets are 3-1-2 in their last six games, thanks in part to their white-hot man advantage. The power play unit has vaulted to seventh in the league after a 10-for-26 (38.5%) run in the aforementioned six-game stretch. They’ll be facing a Buffalo penalty kill that his killed off its last 11 power plays against.

Final thoughts: The Sabres have won three in a row, while Claude Noel’s Jets are coming off a dominant 7-0 victory over Florida on Thursday. This game could easily go either way. I’ll take Winnipeg on home-ice. Prediction: Jets 2, Sabres 1 (OT)

The rest of today’s predictions:
Coyotes over Penguins
Ducks over Oilers

Five must-read links:
- Injury woes continue to plague Red Wings
- The Hockey News: Getting To Know: Cory Schneider
- Puck Daddy: Please don’t ask Ilya Bryzgalov about how well Ilya Bryzgalov is playing
- NESN: Tuukka Rask’s injury comes at tough time
- Edmonton Journal: How to prevent “Fall for Hall” and “Fail for Nail” campaigns

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