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Don't worry about the Sabres winning too much

Despite a recent three-game winning streak, you really shouldn't worry that the Sabres will suddenly drive themselves out of the McEichel race. Over the past few days, there's been some worried rumblings on this site and the internet in general about the Buffalo Sabres three-game winning streak. Things like "they're ruining the tank" and "Goodbye McDavid" have popped up now that the team is merely tied for last place with Edmonton and Columbus and have seen their six-point cushion disappear. However, I'm here today to try and convince you that this team is indeed the worst in the NHL, and...

Sabres at Capitals Complete Coverage: Game #21

The Sabres beat the Capitals 2-1 and have their first winning streak of the season. Game #21 Buffalo Sabres (5-13-2) vs.Washington Capitals (9-7-3) Puck Drop: 7:00 pm EST | Verizon Center | Washington, D.C. TV: MSG, CSN | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Capitals Blog: Japers' Rink Three Questions 1. Can the Sabres figure out how to stop either of Washington's excellent special tams units? The Capitals have the third best power play unit in the league, humming along at 24.1%, while their penalty killers have killed 14 straight penalties over the last few games. The Sabres still have the...

Sabres at Capitals recap: Sabres win 2-1, the impossible dream comes true

With their third win in a row, the Sabres officially have their first winning streak of the season, and hell has officially frozen over. Well folks, the impossible has happened - the Buffalo Sabres have won three games in a row, and are on pace to win the President's trophy or something after their 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals. If you simply look at the stats, last night's game looks much like most others this season. The Sabres were outshot 44-26 and were saved by another strong effort from Jhonas Enroth. They lost the faceoff battle, the special teams battle, and the player...
Japers' Rink Nov 22, 2014

Capitals vs. Sabres Recap: Enroth Dominates in Buffalo's Win

The Capitals put 44 shots on net against Jhonas Enroth and the Buffalo Sabres but wind up on the short end of a 2-1 final. [GameCenter - Ice Tracker - Game Summary - Event Summary - Shot Report - Faceoff Summary - Play-by-Play -Home TOI - Visitor TOI - Advanced Stats at: war-on-ice, hockeystats, Natural Stat Trick] The Capitals came back home after picking up four points in their past two games to square off against a Sabres squad that has been resting since Tuesday night. Washington did everything right early but a stellar performance from Jhonas Enroth kept the Verizon Center...
Japers' Rink Nov 22, 2014

Capitals vs Sabres Second Period Thread

After what you'd probably describe as a sleepy first period, the Capitals and Sabres head to their locker rooms in a scoreless deadlock. Second period ahead... Tweets from @JapersRink/tweet-tweeters
Becca H / Japers' Rink Nov 22, 2014

Capitals vs. Sabres: Game 20 of 82

The Caps return home from their road trip looking to keep the winning streak going against the Buffalo Sabres Keep up with the latest Caps-related Tweets right here: Tweets from @JapersRink/tweet-tweeters Look for updates in this story stream throughout the evening, including tonight's lines, new open threads for each period, and more. And of course... have at it, people.

Sabres at Capitals preview: Can Buffalo win three in a row?

Hell might freeze over faster than Buffalo did this week if the Sabres manage to win their third straight tonight against Washington. Game #21 Buffalo Sabres (5-13-2) vs.Washington Capitals (9-7-3) Puck Drop: 7:00 pm EST | Verizon Center | Washington, D.C. TV: MSG, CSN | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Capitals Blog: Japers' Rink Three Questions 1. Can the Sabres figure out how to stop either of Washington's excellent special tams units? The Capitals have the third best power play unit in the league, humming along at 24.1%, while their penalty killers have killed 14 straight penalties...
Die By The Blade Nov 22, 2014

Rochester recap: Amerks pummel AHL's top team

Rochester topples Utica 7-4 Friday night Rochester Americans head Coach Chadd Cassidy said that his team Friday night did not play as well against the Utica Comets as they did during their last meeting. He also said that makes the night’s decisive 7-4 victory even more impressive. "Make me reminisce true like deja vu! I’m rubba, [y’all] is like glue." (Wu-Tang Clan, Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthin Ta F’ Wit) And, let me tell you, Friday night’s Amerks were impressive. What else can you say about a team that handed stellar Utica goaltender Jacob Markstrom his first loss of the...
Die By The Blade Nov 20, 2014

Sabres game vs. Rangers postponed, no makeup date announced

For the second straight year a Sabres game has been postponed due to weather, furthering the established Buffalo stereotype. The Bills aren't the only Buffalo team affected by the snow storm this week. The NHL announced today that Friday's game against the Rangers has been postponed. No make-up date has been announced. This is the second season in a row that the Sabres have had a game called off due to weather. Last January the Sabres and Hurricanes game was postponed due to snow and low temperatures. Some believed the Sabres last game against San Jose should have been postponed as well, as...
Blueshirt Banter Nov 20, 2014

Rangers Vs. Sabres: Friday's Game Postponed Due To Extreme Weather Conditions

The New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres will not play as scheduled tomorrow night due to extreme weather conditions up in Buffalo. According to the National Hockey League, tomorrow's game between the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres has been postponed until further notice. Due to extreme weather conditions ongoing in the Buffalo area, the NHL deemed it unsafe to follow through with the scheduled game, and will announce a makeup date in the coming days. Within the last 24 hours, there has been a total of five feet of snow accumulated around Buffalo, while another three feet is expected to...
Die By The Blade Nov 19, 2014

It's time for the University at Buffalo to have Division I hockey

It's staring the university straight in the face, but hockey is still not a part of the biggest school in the city. Can Pegula help get us something nice again? Yesterday Arizona State announced that they'll be elevating their hockey program from club to DI, transitioning into a complete DI role over the next three years. Arizona State will be the 60th DI hockey program, the first since Penn State joined in 2011. It will be the third furthest west program in the country, behind only the two Alaska schools. It's new territory for the top tier of NCAA hockey, a huge step forward. Of course...

Arturs Irbe suits up, Enroth makes amazing backwards save

There were two incredible goalie moments from last night's game. At the end of the first intermission in last night's Buffalo Sabres game, starter Michal Neuvirth did not make it out of the locker room for the second period, which wasn't too unusual, but likely signified an injury. Jhonas Enroth took over on the ice, but that left the Sabres one emergency goalie short in the rare case that Enroth also went down. And with a snowstorm of epic proportions in Buffalo, it's not like they could just call someone local to pop in for a night. But luckily, the team had one person already in the...
Die By The Blade Nov 19, 2014

Sharks vs. Sabres Recap: Sabres Put Together First Winning Streak Of Season

It only took 20 games, but the Buffalo Sabres have won back to back games for the first time this season. It came against the San Jose Sharks, a team that hasn't won in Buffalo in nine years. The Buffalo Sabres are still in full on tank mode, but have accomplished something that hasn't been seen in this area in a long time, back to back wins. The Sabres won back to back games just twice last year and it took until games 34 and 35 for it to happen the first time last season. This time, it came on the backs of a winning streak against a team that hasn't had success in Buffalo in almost 10...
Fear The Fin Nov 18, 2014

Sharks lose to the Buffalo Sabres. This is not a recording.

San Jose's stretch of 16 road games in 21 contests to start the season ends on a familiar note: another loss to Buffalo. There are probably casual fans out there who only watch Sharks games and otherwise pay little attention to the league under the impression that the Buffalo Sabres, particularly the Sabres teams of these past two seasons, are some sort of world-beating juggernaut. The Sabres aren't, of course. In fact they're arguably one of the worst non-expansion NHL teams ever assembled. But with their 4-1 win over San Jose tonight they've won eight straight games against the Sharks...
Fear The Fin Nov 18, 2014

Game 21: Sharks vs. Buffalo Sabres

Troy Grosenick gets second consecutive start in game that will be played as scheduled. There were questions as to whether this game would even be played with a "wall" of lake-effect snow cascading ominously over upstate New York. But the Sabres have announced that the show must go on which is good news for Sharks goaltender Troy Grosenick, scheduled to receive his second consecutive start after dazzling with a 45-save shutout in his NHL debut on Sunday. In a move likely predicted by no one going into the season, Todd McLellan will give Grosenick two starts in a row before even affording...
Die By The Blade Nov 18, 2014

Sharks vs. Sabres To Play As Scheduled

Despite Snowmeggadon 2014, Tuesday night's Sabres and Sharks game will go on as scheduled. Despite the wall of snow that some folks in Western New York are experiencing, the Buffalo Sabres game against the San Jose Sharks will go on as expected. Here is the statement from the Sabres: Due to the inclement weather and dangerous driving conditions in some areas of Western New York, the Sabres organization is urging anyone planning to attend tonight’s game to obey all local traffic advisories and driving bans. Those who decide it is safe to travel to tonight’s game are encouraged to use...
Die By The Blade Nov 18, 2014

Tank Wars, part four, let's go!

Get your picks in! The Buffalo Sabres season continued its up-and-down trajectory (mostly down) in the last fortnight. In fact, the last four games have been marked with an offensive explosion, with at least one team scoring half-a-dozen goals in each of those games. If you've been picking the 'Under' for goals over/under, it might be time to revisit your strategy. Patrick Topor was the clear winner of Part Three, with kitaman27 coming in second two points behind. Salient's strategy didn't pay off this time around, but he's still clinging on to the overall lead. So the overall top three...
Die By The Blade Nov 18, 2014

Sabres Links: Hasek inducted into HOF, Zadorov likely staying up, Reinhart and Bailey named players of the week

The Sabres prospects made Tim Murray proud this week, and were chosen as the players of the week in their respective leagues. Sabres Links Dominik Hasek was officially inducted into the Hall of Fame last night, and here's his speech [NHL.com] Ted Nolan made no promises, but it sounds like Nikita Zadorov is staying up in the NHL for the rest of the season [Buffalo Hockey Beat] Sam Reinhart was named the WHL Player of the Week for his seven points in two games this weekend [WHL.ca] Justin Bailey was also honored yesterday as the OHL Player of the Week for his seven points in three games...

Nikita Zadorov making case to stay in Buffalo

With just one game left on his NHL tryout, Zadorov is making a strong statement that he deserves to stay in Buffalo. At the beginning of the season, Nikita Zadorov couldn't find his way on the ice if you gave him a map. Now, the Buffalo Sabres can't afford to keep him off it. Zadorov has played eight games in the NHL after sitting in the press box as a healthy scratch for the first few weeks of the season. If he plays one more game this year, a decision will have to be made by Tim Murray whether to keep him in Buffalo and trigger his entry level contract or try to sort out the CHL/KHL...
Die By The Blade Nov 16, 2014

Rochester recap: Amerks stymied by Wolves

The Amerks have now lost six of the last seven games. I sincerely thought about summing up tonight's game with one sentence from Amerks Head Coach, Chadd Cassidy: "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried." "I was so happy, but joy in this life seldom lasts." (Nickel Creek, The Lighthouse's Tale) I am not a member of the media, or a journalist, or even really a writer, by trade (although I do a lot of writing on a daily basis) but I do listen to people. I listen for what they don't want other people to hear, and I look for it - in their body language and their facial cues. It lends an...

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