If the Buffalo Sabres are going to make it to the 2011-2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, it will be because of the efforts of one man, the one, the only, Ryan Miller. Sitting two points out of 8th in the East, chasing the Washington Capitals, the Sabres will more than likely have to win out and hope for some help from the Capitals opponents. The Sabres trek will not be easy however, as their schedule finishes off with match-ups against the Leafs, Flyers and Bruins (Two of which are safely locked into playoff position). What the Sabres will be hoping for is two losses by the Washington Capitals within the next three games. They need two losses out of the Caps of course because if they finish tied for points, the first tiebreaker is regulation and overtime wins combined, which the Caps hold a lead on. The Sabres will be hoping the Lightning's stud Steven Stamkos can keep on his ridiculous goal scoring pace, as well as wins by either the Southeast winner Florida Panthers or by the Eastern Conference #1 seed, New York Rangers. Although the help may come from the opponents the Caps face next, the Sabres must close out the season with three straight wins as well. The man whose made it possible for them to even be in this position is Ryan Miller. Miller whose posted 30 wins this season, has a 2.51 goals against average and a .917 save percentage. At times he's appeared impossible to score on. For example, like during his 6 shutouts this season. He is 16-4-5 in his last 25 starts and he's posted 3 of his shutouts in this span. If the Sabres plan to punch their ticket to New York, they're going to need the super-human Ryan Miller for the next three games. The forwards and defense are no pushovers, but we all know Ryan Miller is a machine that needs to be on and working at full force for them to get in. If Buffalo can manage to sneak into the playoffs they are set to match-up well with the number one seed, New York Rangers. During the season the Sabres went 1-1-2 against the Rangers, both posting 4-1 victories against each other, as well as a Rangers OT win, and a Rangers 1-0 shootout win. If the Sabres do get in, they'll already be mentally prepared for a playoff series, as they will be playing these final 3 games with a playoff-like mentality. This combined with the already clear closeness in ability with the Rangers may mean an upset.