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Saturday, 04.9.2011 / 1:07 PM ET
By Scott Miner - Manager of Digital Media / THE NEW ERA
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Patrick Kaleta & Jhonas Enroth discuss the game at center ice at the Nationwide Arena. (Photo:

After last night's emotional overtime win, the Buffalo Sabres have clinched a spot in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Technically speaking, they clinched the spot once the game was tied at the end of regulation, but the extra point was the icing on the cake. Following the game, the team headed out to Columbus where it’ll wrap up the regular season tonight when they take on the Blue Jackets.

Buffalo had a team meeting and video session this morning prior to a handful of players taking the ice. Last night's heroes, Nathan Gerbe and Thomas Vanek, were on the ice for the optional skate along with forward Patrick Kaleta, whose status for the game tonight was not confirmed.

“Pat has had two regular practice and strength wise, he’s getting close. And he wants to play, but I don’t think he’s physically where he was before the injury happened.”
Head Coach Lindy Ruff discussing Patrick Kaleta

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Defenseman Andrej Sekera and forward Mike Grier have not been cleared to play and will miss tonight’s season finale.

A familiar face will be on the opposing bench tonight as blueliner Craig Rivet suits up for what could possibly be his last NHL game. Rivet was claimed off waivers by Columbus on February 26 and has played in 13 games for the Blue Jackets, tallying one goal and a plus/minus of -7. Rivet came to Buffalo in the summer of 2008 when he signed as a free agent. He played 165 games for the Sabres totaling 42 points (4+38) and 237 penalty minutes.

Don’t forget to tune into MSG tonight at 6:30 for the pregame show and follow all the action with the live updates on
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