Playoff bubble watch — Buffalo Sabres edition

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With the NHL playoff race getting down to the wire, we’ll be providing regular updates on each bubble team’s postseason push.

Bubble team: Buffalo Sabres

Where they stand: 11th in the East, two points back of eighth-place Winnipeg.

Games remaining: 17

SportsClubStats.com says: 14.1% chance of making the playoffs

Why they’ll get in:

They’re getting hot at the right time. The Sabres defeated Vancouver Saturday to improve their record to 6-0-1 in their last seven games. Goalie Ryan Miller has been brilliant during that stretch and was just named the NHL’s first star of the week. On paper, Buffalo is a playoff team. It’s battled injuries all season, but is healthy now.

Why they won’t:

A tough schedule that includes two trips to Boston and one to Madison Square Garden.

Quotable:

“We’re battling hard to get back in the picture. When you can beat a team that’s basically the first-place team in the league, it’s a big plus.” – coach Lindy Ruff after Saturday’s 5-3 victory over the Canucks.

Biggest game coming up:

Tonight in Winnipeg against the eighth-place Jets.