Los Angeles is trying to keep star forward Ziggy Palffy from becoming a free agent July 1.
The Sabres have three games to make up three points on the Islanders for the final playoff spot in the East.
New York is facing a collapse not seen since ... well, last season, as Buffalo makes a late-season charge.
Thanks mostly to impressive play on defense, the Sabres are headed in the right direction.
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After losing its first two games by a combined score of 8-0, Buffalo has emerged as a playoff contender.
The Tampa Bay trio amassed five goals and eight assists for the league's only unbeaten and untied team.
Nothing short of a Stanley Cup will do for Ottawa, which still has one of the strongest lineups in the NHL.
Martin Biron is approaching his job with new seriousness, so he can tighten his grip on the Sabres No 1. goalie job.
Despite the free-agent signing of Felix Potvin, the Bruins' goaltending picture remains sketchy.