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Andy Boron / Die By The Blade 57 mins ago

Sabres vs. Coyotes recap: Sabres fall in OT 4-3 to Coyotes at "home"

An upside-down atmosphere in the First Niagara Center was the backdrop to a battle between the two worst teams in the NHL. Tonight was a night I'll remember for a long time. Before tonight's game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Arizona Coyotes, the hockey interwebs were abuzz wondering what would happen tonight at the First Niagara Center. Would people cheer for the Coyotes, or boo the Sabres? What would a battle between the 29th and 30th place teams look like? If the game went to a shootout, would both teams pull their goalie? And while things started out slowly, with the crowd...
Andy Boron / Die By The Blade 3 hours ago

Design a New Sabres Third Jersey: All the submissions

Keep track of all the submissions in our Sabres third jersey contest and keep up with which sweaters advance to the next round. A few weeks ago we asked for your submissions for a new Sabres third jersey. After receiving over 60 submissions, today we begin voting for our favorites. We're going to be voting on four jerseys per day and we've broken the submissions up into two divisions (Current modifications/goatheads and custom jerseys/butter knives) to create our own version of March Madness. Seeding 1-32 has been chosen by a panel of experts, aka Chris Ostrander and Ryan Wolfe. Voting on...
Andy Boron / Die By The Blade 5 hours ago

Sabres vs. Coyotes Complete Coverage: Game #74

It's 29th versus 30th as the Coyotes battle the Sabres. Winners are losers and losers are winners. Game #74 Buffalo Sabres (20-46-7) vs.Arizona Coyotes (22-44-8) Puck Drop: 7:00 pm EST | First Niagara Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, Bell, FS-A | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Coyotes Blog: Five For Howling Three Questions 1. Patrick Kaleta and Zach Bogosian will both return to the lineup tonight - what kind of impact will they have on the game? Zach Bogosian has been a stalwart on defense since coming over from Winnipeg, often leading the team in ice time, so his return should solidify the...
Five For Howling 10 hours ago

Arizona Coyotes and Buffalo Sabres square off with everything on the line

The Coyotes and Sabres have a pivotal contest tonight for all the wrong reasons. At the risk of hyperbole, the next two games between the Arizona Coyotes and Buffalo Sabres may be the single most meaningful regular season games either franchise has ever played. The eyes of the hockey world will look upon the First Niagara Center tonight for the first of these contests. Matchup at a Glance Arizona Coyotes Buffalo Sabres Points 52 (7th Pacific) 47 (8th Atlantic) Goals For 2.01 (29th) 1.78 (30th) Goals Against 3.26 (28th) 3.29 (29th) Power Play 20.6% (7th) 12.0% (30th) Penalty...
Andy Boron / Die By The Blade 11 hours ago

Sabres vs. Coyotes preview: The Battle for the Basement, Part I

In what might sadly be called the biggest game of the season, the Sabres host the Coyotes with 30th place on the line. Game #74 Buffalo Sabres (20-46-7) vs.Arizona Coyotes (22-44-8) Puck Drop: 7:00 pm EST | First Niagara Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, Bell, FS-A | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Coyotes Blog: Five For Howling Three Questions 1. Patrick Kaleta and Zach Bogosian will both return to the lineup tonight - what kind of impact will they have on the game? Zach Bogosian has been a stalwart on defense since coming over from Winnipeg, often leading the team in ice time, so his return...
Andy Boron / Die By The Blade 14 hours ago

Design a New Sabres Third Jersey: Day 1 Voting

After three weeks and over 60 submissions, it's time to start whittling down the field in our quest to find a new Sabres third jersey. A few weeks ago we asked for your submissions for a new Sabres third jersey. After receiving over 60 submissions, today we begin voting for our favorites. We're going to be voting on four jerseys per day and we've broken the submissions up into two divisions (Current modifications/goatheads and custom jerseys/butter knives) to create our own version of March Madness. Seeding 1-32 has been chosen by a panel of experts, aka Chris Ostrander and Ryan...
Die By The Blade 16 hours ago

Buffalo Sabres Tanking Creates Conundrum For Fans

It has been a long, trying season for Buffalo Sabres fans. As we are nearing the end, how has the tank impacted us mentally? "Business is business, and who stands to gain?...Off with their heads, and out with their secrets, may the private interest revealed provoke public digest...Suffer us, this appalling blessing, let the truth be set free" - Trainwreck On The John Galt Line, by Embrace The End The book Atlas Shrugged opens with the line, "Who is John Galt?" The recurring phrase turns out to represent helplessness and despair within the world in which the characters live in Ayn Rand's...
Defending Big D Mar 25, 2015

By the Numbers: Statistical Recap of the Dallas Stars versus the Buffalo Sabres

Stars win third in a row at home. Four-game home stand. Three wins. I'll take it. Especially considering the Dallas Stars struggles at the American Airlines center this season. The most recent win was against the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night. The 2014-15 version of Buffalo's hockey team isn't very good any which way you measure them, but a win is a win, right? How the Stars won, in numbers. The first period was pretty even in shot attempts. The second period was a different story. Buffalo, appeared to be somewhat engaged in the second frame until their go ahead goal around the 32nd...
Defending Big D Mar 24, 2015

Dallas Stars Playoff Hopes Still Alive After Beating Buffalo Sabres

The Stars playoff hopes are still alive, barely. But at least these games are fun to watch. The Dallas Stars continue to fight for that final playoff spot as the season comes to an end. They unloaded a full clip on the Buffalo Sabres in a 4-3 win last night at the American Airlines Center throwing a startling 100 pucks at Anders Lindback, 84 of which were at even strength. It may be too little too late though. The Winnipeg Jets walloped on the artists formerly known as the Edmonton Oilers and the Los Angeles Kings have already defeated the New Jersey Devils. The Jets win leaves the Stars...
Die By The Blade Mar 24, 2015

Sabres at Stars recap: Sabres blow late lead, lose 4-3

Reactions to the Buffalo Sabres-Dallas Stars game. Ed Note: This is ScorpDigi (aka Andrew's) first article with us. Congratulations and welcome! Depending on who you are, either Buffalo blew the game by giving up a goal with only 3 minutes left, or preserved your McEichel hopes for another day, as the Sabres dropped this one 4-3. While the Arizona Coyotes are playing so terrible that they should be investigated for throwing games, Anders Lindback and Sabres coach Ted Nolan are clearly not "tanking." Lindback may not have had the best game in the world tonight, but he made 35 saves, many of...
Defending Big D Mar 23, 2015

Jamie Benn's Three-Point Night Powers Dallas Stars Past Buffalo Sabres

Don't stick a fork in them just yet. They've now winners of 8 of their last 10. And so the Dallas Stars keep their slim hopes, and ours, alive for another 48 hours- And just as importantly, they avoid joining the San Jose Sharks as the only NHL team to not defeat the Buffalo Sabres this season. That appeared to be their fate upon each of Buffalo's three leads in the game, none more crushing than the straight-up-into-the-air bounce on the third that seemed so emblematic of the season at large. Luckily the Stars have Jamie Benn, and no longer have Anders Lindback. The latter appeared to be...

Sabres at Stars Complete Coverage: Game #73

Lindy Ruff and the Stars host the Sabres and former Dallas goalie Anders Lindback. Game #73 Buffalo Sabres (20-45-7) atDallas Stars (34-28-10) Puck Drop: 8:30 pm EST | American Airlines Center | Dallas, TX TV: MSG, Bell, FS-SW | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Stars Blog: Defending Big D Two Questions 1. Who plays in net tonight for the Sabres? Matt Hackett played well in Buffalo's last game, but Anders Lindback put together a string of strong performances before taking a night off. Who plays tonight? 2. Will we see former Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth tonight? De-facto starter Kari...

Sabres at Stars preview: Hello, old friends

The Sabres enter their final ten games with a contest against their former coach and goaltender. Game #73 Buffalo Sabres (20-45-7) atDallas Stars (34-28-10) Puck Drop: 8:30 pm EST | American Airlines Center | Dallas, TX TV: MSG, Bell, FS-SW | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Stars Blog: Defending Big D Two Questions 1. Who plays in net tonight for the Sabres? Matt Hackett played well in Buffalo's last game, but Anders Lindback put together a string of strong performances before taking a night off. Who plays tonight? 2. Will we see former Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth tonight? De-facto...

Sabres at Predators recap: Rinne shuts out Buffalo 3-0

The Sabres couldn't get anything past Pekka Rinne last night and the Preds rolled to an easy 3-0 win. The story of this Buffalo Sabres season has been one of goaltenders. The Sabres have constantly faced backup netminders, while herculean efforts from their own starting goalies have given Buffalo many more wins than they actually deserve. Last night, the Predators played their starter while the Sabres finally played their backup, and the results were satisfyingly predictable. Pekka Rinne made 24 saves to shut out the Sabres while the Preds received goals from Taylor Beck, Craig Smith, and...
On the Forecheck Mar 21, 2015

Nashville Predators 3, Buffalo Sabres 0: Rinne Shuts Out Sabres

The Predators returned to winning hockey games after taking a brief week off. The Nashville Predators beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-0 and that's just fine with me. The Preds dictated the game from the opening puck-drop and got the result everyone was expecting, though they maybe didn't have to wait so long for the first goal. Through the 1st period, the frustration meter was rising quickly. A flurry of manageable shots were hurled towards Matt Hackett, and none of them were really close to going in. Then Craig Smith smashed the mess out of Jerry D'Amigo's mouth, sending the Preds on a double...

Sabres at Predators Complete Coverage: Game #72

The Sabres and Predators face off in Nashville on the second night of a back to back for Buffalo. Game #72 Buffalo Sabres (20-44-7) atNashville Predators (43-21-8) Puck Drop: 8:00 pm EST | Bridgestone Arena | Nashville, TN TV: MSG, Bell, FS-N | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Predators Blog: On the Forecheck Two Questions 1. Will we finally see Matt Hackett tonight? Ted Nolan said Matt Hackett will "probably" start but we won't know until game time. Hackett has not played well this season for the Sabres, but that could be exactly what the doctor ordered for 30th place. Or he could be like...

Sabres at Predators preview: Nashville looks to turn things around against Buffalo

The Preds have stumbled recently, but playing the Sabres should cure what ails ya. Game #72 Buffalo Sabres (20-44-7) atNashville Predators (43-21-8) Puck Drop: 8:00 pm EST | Bridgestone Arena | Nashville, TN TV: MSG, Bell, FS-N | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Predators Blog: On the Forecheck Two Questions 1. Will we finally see Matt Hackett tonight? Ted Nolan said Matt Hackett will "probably" start but we won't know until game time. Hackett has not played well this season for the Sabres, but that could be exactly what the doctor ordered for 30th place. Or he could be like every other...
On the Forecheck Mar 21, 2015

Nashville Predators vs. Buffalo Sabres Preview: The Rest is Over

A long break is broken up with a game against the last place Sabres. It's been a long while since the Predators last played a game. In that time, they've been run ragged at practice, gotten some much needed rest, injured themselves, and had a prospect get his first call up. At least they've stayed busy. Now they welcome the hapless Sabres into town in an attempts to break their five-game home losing streak. With St. Louis being two points ahead (still with a game in hand) a win over Buffalo just needs to happen. The Buffalo Sabres The cast of characters wearing the Buffaseal is a bit...

Sabres vs. Devils recap: Sabres remember how to lose, fall 3-1

The Sabres keep pace in the race for 30th with a loss to the Devils. Breathe easy, Sabres fans. After a few tense games full of overtimes and shootout wins, the Buffalo Sabres kept their dreams of 30th place alive with a 3-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils. Former Sabres great Steve Bernier scored twice in the second period and while the game was relatively even in terms of shots and possession, the Sabres couldn't muster enough to top Bernier, let alone the rest of the Devils. Buffalo's lone goal came in the third period on the power paly, courtesy of Matt Moulson - the goal was only...
In Lou We Trust Mar 20, 2015

Steve Bernier's Double Powered New Jersey Devils Over Buffalo Sabres, 3-1

Steve Bernier scored two goals, Jordin Tootoo scored a sweet goal, and Keith Kinkaid did very well as the New Jersey Devils beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-1. This game recap goes over how it went, what was good and what was bad from the Devils.

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