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Prospect of playoff appearance brings smile for Sabres' Kane

CALGARY — Evander Kane figures to get a lot of attention this week. He's entering three hockey hotbeds in western Canada, including his hometown of Vancouver.

The time in the spotlight started Monday in Calgary, and the Buffalo Sabres forward delivered.

The discussion was how an inevitable trade could land Kane in his first playoff series. His smile stood out in a dressing room that hasn't seen many happy times.

"I come into the season every year, as I've done since I've started, hoping to play in the playoffs and envisioning that," Kane, a nine-year veteran, said in Scotiabank Saddledome. "For me, it's taken a long time. I'm always looking forward to that opportunity. I think that's my type of hockey. I think I'm built for that as a player. Unfortunately, I haven't had the opportunity to showcase that.

"For me, the prospect of that happening is obviously exciting. You have that excitement going into every year."

Kane is essentially the only player on the Sabres who's guaranteed to enjoy a playoff race. The pending free agent will be moved to a contender before the Feb. 26 trade deadline.

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The last-place Sabres, who are 11-26-9, are already playing out the schedule.

"We didn't have the start obviously to the season that we wanted," Kane said. "We had some guys starting off hot, some guys starting off a little slower. It's tough when you don't get off to a good start to make up that ground.

"For us, it's just kind of snowballed. We've had some bad luck, and there's been some nights also that we haven't competed the way we need to do at this level. For us, it's important to start playing with that confidence and swagger and that attitude because at this point we have nothing to lose and we've got everything to prove."

Kane, who has one goal and one assist in the last nine games, skated on the third line during the morning skate with center Johan Larsson and right wing Jason Pominville.

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