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Andy Boron / Die By The Blade 9 hours ago
Recap: Sabres dominate Leafs in 5-2 victory

Recap: Sabres dominate Leafs in 5-2 victory

This might have been the best game of the season. Coming in to tonight’s game, the big story was about how the Toronto Maple Leafs were fighting for their playoff lives and the Buffalo Sabres weren’t. It was a depressing preview for Sabres fans, and before the game began, it was clear that the KeyBank Center was full of Toronto fans, hoping to see their team take a step closer to that elusive playoff berth. Instead, they saw their team get smoked by a division rival in a game that showed there’s still life in this Sabres squad yet. Before the game started, the atmosphere in the Key...
Andy Boron / Die By The Blade 14 hours ago
Sabres vs. Leafs Game Thread

Sabres vs. Leafs Game Thread

Come join us for tonight’s Game #75 Buffalo Sabres (30-32-12) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (35-23-15) Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, ROOT | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Leafs Blog: Pension Plan Puppets Projected Buffalo Lines 63 Tyler Ennis -- 90 Ryan O'Reilly -- 21 Kyle Okposo 82 Marcus Foligno -- 15 Jack Eichel -- 23 Sam Reinhart9 Evander Kane -- 71 Evan Rodrigues -- 12 Brian Gionta 48 William Carrier -- 28 Zemgus Girgensons -- 26 Matt Moulson 4 Josh Gorges -- 47 Zach Bogosian29 Jake McCabe -- 34 Casey Nelson77 Dmitry Kulikov -- 41 Justin Falk Goal: 40...
Andy Boron / Die By The Blade 16 hours ago
Sabres vs. Maple Leafs Coverage: Game #75

Sabres vs. Maple Leafs Coverage: Game #75

Two teams, separated by a river and a border, and a playoff position meet tonight in Buffalo. Game #75 Buffalo Sabres (30-32-12) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (35-23-15) Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, ROOT | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Leafs Blog: Pension Plan Puppets Three Questions 1. How will the team look with all the healthy bodies back in the lineup? The Sabres are getting some serious reinforcements tonight, as Kyle Okposo, Dmitry Kulikov, William Carrier, and Justin Falk are all returning to the lineup. Of course they’ll be without another big player...
Andy Boron / Die By The Blade 19 hours ago
Sabres vs. Maple Leafs preview: Okposo, Kulikov return

Sabres vs. Maple Leafs preview: Okposo, Kulikov return

Two teams, separated by a river and a border, and a playoff position meet tonight in Buffalo. Game #75 Buffalo Sabres (30-32-12) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (35-23-15) Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, ROOT | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Leafs Blog: Pension Plan Puppets Three Questions 1. How will the team look with all the healthy bodies back in the lineup? The Sabres are getting some serious reinforcements tonight, as Kyle Okposo, Dmitry Kulikov, William Carrier, and Justin Falk are all returning to the lineup. Of course they’ll be without another big player...
Pension Plan Puppets 22 hours ago
Preview: Maple Leafs at Sabres, the case of the missing defender

Preview: Maple Leafs at Sabres, the case of the missing defender

Both teams are missing a key member of their defence due to a suspension. Which team is actually the worse for it? Toronto Maple Leafs at Buffalo Sabres: Game #74 Time: 7:00 pm Eastern Time Location: The home of the Isobel Cup Champion Buffalo Beauts, Buffalo, New York. Broadcast/Streaming: Hockey Night in Canada, MSG - B Opponent SBNation Site: Die By the Blade On Thursday, both Roman Polak and Rasmus Ristolainen were suspended by the league, so both teams will be missing a regular member of their defence corps for tonight’s game. Who is the loser here? Is it the Sabres, who have a...
Die By The Blade Mar 25, 2017
Sabres Links: Ristolainen & Sabres react to suspension, Pederson offered AHL job

Sabres Links: Ristolainen & Sabres react to suspension, Pederson offered AHL job

Do you think Ristolainen’s suspension was fair? Lehner certainly doesn’t. Sabres Links Rasmus Ristolainen was surprised and frustrated by his suspension [Buffalo News] Other Sabres weigh in on the Ristolainen suspension, while a few players are coming back from injury [Buffalo News] Cal Pederson offered starting AHL job, Murray mentions favor to Vegas’s GM [Buffalo News] Tyler Ennis is worried about his future [Buffalo Hockey Beat]
Ristolainen suspended three games

Ristolainen suspended three games

Risto’s hit on Jake Guentzel has earned him a three game suspension. The NHL Department of Player Safety announced today that Rasmus Ristolainen has been suspended for three games after hitting Pittsburgh’s Jake Guentzel without the puck. Buffalo’s Rasmus Ristolainen suspended three games for interference on Pittsburgh’s Jake Guentzel.— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) March 23, 2017 Ristolainen hit Guentzel after a pass heading for the Pittsburgh forward was stolen by Zemgus Girgensons, which caused Guentzel to have his head twisted as he came through the neutral zone....
MY NHL Trade Rumors Mar 22, 2017
NHL Rumors: Buffalo Sabres GM Talks Kulikov, Expansion and Petersen

NHL Rumors: Buffalo Sabres GM Talks Kulikov, Expansion and Petersen

On the Buffalo Sabres … WGR 550: Sabres GM Tim Murray was on WGR 550 radio yesterday talking team – their defense, expansion, prospects, coaching and himself. Murray on the trade with the Florida Panthers at the draft last year that landed the Sabres defenseman Dmitry Kulikov. “When I traded for Kulikov, I thought I was
Die By The Blade Mar 22, 2017
Sabres Links: Murray talks on WGR, Austin’s impressive debut

Sabres Links: Murray talks on WGR, Austin’s impressive debut

Is your confidence in Tim Murray waning at all? Sabres Links The Sabres fell 3-1 to the Penguins [Sabres.com] Tim Murray was on with Schopp and the Bulldog, discussing how the Sabres need to improve [WGR 550] Jack Eichel is the NHL’s most productive player [USA Today] Rasmus Ristolainen could face suspension [Buffalo News] Brady Austin impressive in first NHL action [Buffalo Hockey Beat] How the Sabres make the next step [ESPN] Ted Nolan donated $100,000 for college scholarships [Buffalo News]
Recap: Sabres hang tough, fall late to Penguins 3-1

Recap: Sabres hang tough, fall late to Penguins 3-1

The Sabres, missing five defensemen, fell late to the Pens after a valiant effort. The Buffalo Sabres tried to see if they could beat the defending champions without any defensemen. Predictably, it didn’t work, but it wasn’t quite as bad as you might think. The Sabres were missing four blue liners due to injury, and lost another one during the game, but were still tied with the Penguins at one late in the third period. And then two tough bounces (or two create-you-own-luck goals, depending on who you’re rooting for) happened, and the Sabres ultimately fell to the Pens 3-1. One of the...
Sabres vs. Penguins Game Thread

Sabres vs. Penguins Game Thread

The Sabres host the Penguins tonight as the season continues to wind down. Game #74 Buffalo Sabres (30-31-12) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (45-17-9) Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, ROOT | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Penguins Blog: Pensburgh Projected Buffalo Lines 90 Ryan O'Reilly -- 15 Jack Eichel -- 63 Tyler Ennis 9 Evander Kane -- 28 Zemgus Girgensons -- 12 Brian Gionta 26 Matt Moulson -- 23 Sam Reinhart -- 56 Justin Bailey82 Marcus Foligno -- 71 Evan Rodrigues -- 52 Hudson Fasching 4 Josh Gorges -- 55 Rasmus Ristolainen29 Jake McCabe -- 34 Casey Nelson67...
Sabres vs. Penguins Coverage: Game #73

Sabres vs. Penguins Coverage: Game #73

Buffalo and Pittsburgh face off for the final time this season tonight at the Key. Game #74 Buffalo Sabres (30-31-12) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (45-17-9) Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, ROOT | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Penguins Blog: Pensburgh Three Questions 1. Can the Sabres avoid a late collapse like the last time these two teams met? Going up 3-0 in the first period is an almost assured path to victory...unless you’re the Buffalo Sabres. The blue and gold blew that lead in their last game against Pittsburgh, and have often been lackadaisical on...
Sabres vs. Penguins preview

Sabres vs. Penguins preview

Buffalo and Pittsburgh face off for the final time this season tonight at the Key. Game #74 Buffalo Sabres (30-31-12) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (45-17-9) Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, ROOT | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Penguins Blog: Pensburgh Three Questions 1. Can the Sabres avoid a late collapse like the last time these two teams met? Going up 3-0 in the first period is an almost assured path to victory...unless you’re the Buffalo Sabres. The blue and gold blew that lead in their last game against Pittsburgh, and have often been lackadaisical on...
Recap: Power play powers Sabres past Red Wings 2-1

Recap: Power play powers Sabres past Red Wings 2-1

The Sabres won their final game in Joe Louis Arena. Both the Buffalo Sabres and Detroit Red Wings had very little to play for coming in to tonight’s game. Both teams were out of the playoff race, and are coming off disappointing seasons for different reasons. But the Sabres came out of the gate strong tonight, and used their league-leading power play to score two goals and take down the Red Wings 2-1. The Sabres out shot the Wings 13-5 in the first period, and Jack Eichel would open the scoring on the power play with assists to O’Reilly and Ristolainen to open the scoring. Buffalo...
Sabres at Red Wings Game Thread

Sabres at Red Wings Game Thread

It’s the last time the Sabres play at Joe Louis Arena and you get to yell about it right here. Game #73 Buffalo Sabres (29-31-12) at Detroit Red Wings (28-31-11) Puck drop: 7:30 p.m. EST | Joe Louis Arena | Detroit, MI TV: NBCSN | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Red Wings Blog: Winging it in Motown Projected Buffalo Lines 90 Ryan O'Reilly -- 15 Jack Eichel -- 63 Tyler Ennis 9 Evander Kane -- 28 Zemgus Girgensons -- 12 Brian Gionta 26 Matt Moulson -- 23 Sam Reinhart -- 56 Justin Bailey82 Marcus Foligno -- 71 Evan Rodrigues -- 52 Hudson Fasching 4 Josh Gorges -- 55 Rasmus Ristolainen29 Jake...
Sabres at Red Wings Coverage: Game #73

Sabres at Red Wings Coverage: Game #73

It’s the final game the Sabres will play in Joe Louis Arena, and we’re down to the final ten games of the season as well. Game #73 Buffalo Sabres (29-31-12) at Detroit Red Wings (28-31-11) Puck drop: 7:30 p.m. EST | Joe Louis Arena | Detroit, MI TV: NBCSN | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Red Wings Blog: Winging it in Motown Three Questions 1. How will the defensive call-ups perform tonight? Casey Nelson and Brady Austin have been recalled from Rochester to play tonight, since Franson, Falk, Fedun, and Kulikov are all injured. Nelson we’ve seen before, though hopefully his confidence...
Sabres at Red Wings preview: Farewell to the Joe

Sabres at Red Wings preview: Farewell to the Joe

It’s the final game the Sabres will play in Joe Louis Arena, and we’re down to the final ten games of the season as well. Game #73 Buffalo Sabres (29-31-12) at Detroit Red Wings (28-31-11) Puck drop: 7:30 p.m. EST | Joe Louis Arena | Detroit, MI TV: NBCSN | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Red Wings Blog: Winging it in Motown Three Questions 1. How will the defensive call-ups perform tonight? Casey Nelson and Brady Austin have been recalled from Rochester to play tonight, since Franson, Falk, Fedun, and Kulikov are all injured. Nelson we’ve seen before, though hopefully his confidence and...
Die By The Blade Mar 20, 2017
Sabres represented at 2017 NCAA Hockey Tournament

Sabres represented at 2017 NCAA Hockey Tournament

Three prospects will be in action starting Friday The college hockey season has gotten into the fun part of the year, and the NCAA have released the brackets for the tournament - West Regional (Fargo, ND) March 24-25 #1 Minnesota Duluth(2) vs. #4 Ohio State(15) #2 Boston University(7) vs. #3 North Dakota(10) East Regional (Providence, RI) March 24-25 #1 Harvard(3) vs. #4 Providence(14) #2 Western Michigan(6) vs. #3 Air Force(12) Midwest Regional (Cincinnati, OH) March 25-26 #1 Denver(1) vs. #4 Michigan Tech(16) #2 Union(8) vs. #3 Penn State(9) Northeast Regional (Manchester, NH) March...
Winging It In Motown Mar 20, 2017
Morning Skate: Buffalo Sabres at Detroit Red Wings: Projected Lineups, How to Watch

Morning Skate: Buffalo Sabres at Detroit Red Wings: Projected Lineups, How to Watch

Time: 7:30 P.M. Place: Joe Louis Arena TV: NBCSN, Fox Sports Detroit Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket, 1270 AM Sabres Blog: Die By the Blade Tonight the Buffalo Sabres come to town after their road trip to California for another edition of Battling Basement Dwellers. The Red Wings flattened the Avalanche on Saturday afternoon and showed they still have some spark left in them as we limp to the end of a disappointing season. Notably, we saw Tatar make himself that much more expensive by scoring his 20th goal of the season. The Sabres last game ended with a shootout victory against the Ducks, and...
Die By The Blade Mar 19, 2017
Grading the Buffalo Sabres - The West Coast road trip of futility

Grading the Buffalo Sabres - The West Coast road trip of futility

Vote in the player grades polls for the last week Your Three Stars from last week: Jack Eichel, the power play and Evander Kane. The Three Goats are Dan Byslma, Zemgus Girgensons and Anders Nilsson. Here is the LINK to the spreadsheet with all of this season’s results. The Buffalo Sabres season is slowly petering out once again to a frustrating end, and a West Coast road trip against possession-hungry teams was the last thing the Sabres needed. Buffalo mustered two goals from open play on the road trip, with Eichel scoring one and providing the assist on the other as he attempts to...

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