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NHL draft lottery set for Saturday, with last-place Sabres having 20 percent shot at winning

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BUFFALO, New York — Last-place Buffalo Sabres fans have a big reason to tune into the NHL playoffs next weekend.

The NHL will hold its draft lottery to determine who gets the No. 1 pick on Saturday, before Game 2 of a first-round playoff series between the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

PHOTO: Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen (55), of Finland, blocks the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71), of Russia, battles in front of Sabres goaltender Anders Lindback (35), of Sweden, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Buffalo, N.Y. Pittsburgh won 2-0. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen (55), of Finland, blocks the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71), of Russia, battles in front of Sabres goaltender Anders Lindback (35), of Sweden, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Buffalo, N.Y. Pittsburgh won 2-0. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

Buffalo has the best shot of landing the top pick of the 14 non-playoff teams. The odds are based on the standings, with the Sabres having a 20 percent chance of winning followed by Arizona at 13.5.

Buffalo will pick no lower than second in a draft that features two highly regarded centers: Erie Otters Connor McDavid and Boston University's Jack Eichel.

The Sabres finished 30th last year, but chose second after losing the lottery to 29th-place Florida.

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