'Of Buffalo's 25 remaining games: 18 are against opponents currently with winning records; six are against current division leaders; and 13 of them are on the road, where the Sabres have gone 9-15-3-1 so far this season.'
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'With the Buffalo Sabres scheduled to play 25 games over the next 47 days, look for goaltender Martin Biron to be carrying most of the load. No, not all 25. But you can bet that as long as the Sabres are in playoff contention, Biron will see the majority of the action.'
'There probably will be trades between now and the March 19 deadline, but it's almost certain the Sabres won't acquire a new backup goalie, a role that will prove prominent during their cluttered calendar.'
'Ruff, whose record is 177-151-57, has another season left on his contract. It's expected he eventually will be given an extension to coincide with Regier's deal.'
'Satan, unbeknownst even to some in Buffalo Sabres management, returned to Salt Lake City last week to play once more for Slovakia, even though the team's medal hopes already had been snuffed.'
'"We like his progress," said Larry Carriere, Sabres assistant to the general manager. "With his mobility and endurance, he's up and down the ice. He's a good, young player for us."'
'A protective boot encased his foot and ankle, and he said it could be another four weeks until that comes off.'
'If the Russians advance, Afinogenov will fly directly to Atlanta, where the Sabres meet the Thrashers on Tuesday.'
'In fact, according to reports circulating throughout Buffalo, it is a good bet that Kozlov is finished for the season and wouldn't even be available if the Sabres made the playoffs.'
'Sabres coach Lindy Ruff has already stated the team is going to have to win at least 16 of those final 25 contests in order to make the playoffs. That seems to be a tall order for a team that has played below .500 hockey all season.'