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Senators deal host Sabres a costly loss

Ottawa Senators v Buffalo Sabres Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images

With a ten-point lead on the Buffalo Sabres, the Florida Panthers didn’t really need the help of the Ottawa Senators last night, but they got it anyways.

The visiting Senators dealt the Sabres a costly 5-2 loss, dropping them below NHL .500 and putting them one step closer to becoming a seller as we approach the trade deadline.

In another piece of bad news for Buffalo, starter Linus Ullmark was helped off the ice with 9:32 left in the third period.

In the only other game last night, the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues nipped the Calgary Flames 5-4 in a shootout at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Tonight’s slate of games will be of much more interest to Panthers fans.

The Toronto Maple Leafs can tie the Cats at 61 points if they can best the Stars in Dallas with puck drop at 7:30 p.m.. Hopefully, Dallas can defend home ice with a regulation win and keep the Buds two points behind the Cats. Whatever happens, Florida will have two games in hand on Toronto.

After falling to Dallas in a shootout on Monday, the Tampa Bay Lightning will continue it’s road trip in Los Angeles against the lowly Kings at 10:30 p.m. on NBCSN. The Bolts currently have a two-point lead (63-61) on the Panthers with both teams having played 49 games.