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Thursday, March 27th (All times eastern)

Buffalo Sabres (35-30-11) at Ottawa Senators (42-28-7), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres will try to get back on the right track to the postseason tonight, when they visit the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place for the finale of a home-and-home series.

The Sabres have dropped two in a row and come into tonight's test five points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with just six games to play. Boston is holding onto the East's eighth and final postseason seed with 86 points and is also in action tonight.

Buffalo would also have to jump past Washington to reach the playoffs, as the Capitals are currently ninth in the conference with 84 points. The Caps are playing tonight as well.

Meanwhile, Ottawa is tied with the New Jersey Devils for fourth in the East with 91 points apiece. The Sens are also just two points ahead of the sixth- seeded New York Rangers. The Devils and Rangers are playing each other tonight.

The Sens can clinch a playoff berth tonight with a win and if Washington get one or no points in this evening's test in Tampa.

Ottawa is 5-2 against the Sabres this year and has taken six of eight and 10 of the last 14 meetings between the clubs. Buffalo has also dropped nine of its previous 12 games at Scotiabank Place.

The Senators notched a 6-3 victory in Buffalo on Tuesday. Anton Volchenkov scored the game-winner with 1:56 to play to lead Ottawa.

The score was tied at 1-1 entering the third period before Buffalo scored twice in the first three minutes to take a two-goal edge. However, Ottawa scored five unanswered goals to end the game and capped the win with an empty- net goal.

Daniel Alfredsson had two goals and an assist while Antoine Vermette added a goal and an assist for the Senators, who had lost three of four coming into the game. Martin Gerber made 29 saves in the win.

Derek Roy scored twice while Jason Pominville also lit the lamp for the Sabres. Ryan Miller was touched for five goals on 30 shots.

The Senators are 22-13-3 as the host this year and have won three of their last four on home ice. Buffalo is 16-15-6 as the visiting club.

03/27 15:41:33 ET

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