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Die By The Blade 4 hours ago
What Will Tim Murray Do?

What Will Tim Murray Do?

The Next 20 Weeks Are Vital To the Future of the Sabres What a difference two points makes. If the Sabres had somehow beat the Blackhawks in their final game before their bye week, fans in the 716 would be dancing with unicorns and skipping on rainbows this week. A four-game winning streak? Back-to-back wins over two Western Conference playoff teams? Maybe this enigmatic group of kids and vets might be able to make some magic and do a little damage in the playoffs this year. Roughly halfway through the second period vs. Chicago, reality swept into KeyBank Center and gave bleeders of Blue...
Die By The Blade 8 hours ago
Grading the Buffalo Sabres - Week ending 2/19/17

Grading the Buffalo Sabres - Week ending 2/19/17

Vote in the player grades polls for this last week Your Three Stars from last week: the power play, Evander Kane and Robin Lehner. The Three Goats are Dan Bylsma, the penalty kill and Nicolas Deslauriers. Here is the LINK to the spreadsheet with all of this season’s results. It was so close to being a perfect week for the Buffalo Sabres as they approached winning four in a row, but in the second game of a back-to-back we got blown out badly to finish 3-1-0 going into the ‘bye week’. As always, we’ve got all the forwards and defensemen who played over the past week in the...
Second City Hockey Feb 20, 2017
Jonathan Toews gives pucks to all, no matter what jersey they’re wearing

Jonathan Toews gives pucks to all, no matter what jersey they’re wearing

Toews is confused about the presence of a Kings jersey at a Hawks/Sabres game. True. It’s easy to do, but probably best not to judge the particular jersey someone may be wearing. Maybe that random name was their favorite player once upon a time; maybe that odd customization was a gift. Everyone has their reasons. That said, wearing the jersey of a team that’s not even playing in the game you’re at... that one might be a little odd. Such as, say, a Los Angeles Kings jersey at a game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Buffalo Sabres, as Jonathan Toews encountered. Here you go kid,...
Welcome to the Sabres bye week

Welcome to the Sabres bye week

The Sabres get the next five days off, but is that a good thing? In one of this season's new scheduling quirks, every team in the NHL will receive five days off in the middle of the season. Nicknamed "the bye week," these five days are to offset the extra games for players who had to play in the World Cup of Hockey earlier this year. Some teams have had their bye weeks already, but now as February comes to a close, the Buffalo Sabres will finally have theirs. So so what does this mean for the Sabres? Starting today, and for the following four days, the team has no games, no practices, a...
Second City Hockey Feb 20, 2017
Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks rout Sabres, remain unbeaten on road in February

Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks rout Sabres, remain unbeaten on road in February

Our daily look at Blackhawks news and the happenings around the hockey world. Patrick Kane scored a highlight-reel goal and an assist to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. The win was the Hawks’ sixth victory this month - all on the road. HAWKS **RECAP: Kane leads Hawks to rout of Sabres (SCH) **Watch: Kane dekes out Lehner for ridiculous goal (SCH) **DeBrincat’s pursuit of OHL scoring history (Sportsnet) **Look: Eric Semborksi receives customized Hawks mask (SCH) **Hawks recall Hinostroza from AHL (SCH) **Hawks...
Die By The Blade Feb 20, 2017
Sabres Links: Fedun clears waivers, Sabres happy with February

Sabres Links: Fedun clears waivers, Sabres happy with February

Do you like the new bye week teams get this season? Sabres Links The Sabres were throttled by the Blackhawks, 5-1 [Sabres.com] Taylor Fedun cleared waivers, Dan Bylsma plans on fishing during his bye week [Buffalo News] Clunker aside, the Sabres are still happy with how the month has gone [Buffalo News] Matt Moulson has been moving around the Sabres’ lineup [Buffalo Hockey Beat]
Die By The Blade Feb 19, 2017
Recap: Blackhawks spank Sabres

Recap: Blackhawks spank Sabres

Buffalo will be thinking about this one over the bye week The Buffalo Sabres will go into their bye week smarting from this heavy 5-1 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks. The visitors showed exactly why they have a ten-game unbeaten streak against the Sabres, and have now extended that to eleven, two less than Montreal’s choke hold over Toronto. Buffalo hung on tight in the first period, getting outshot 17-12 by Chicago, with rookie Ryan Hartman opening the scoring before Evander Kane scored yet another 5-on-5 goal to tie it, with seconds left in the period. In between, the...
Die By The Blade Feb 19, 2017
Sabres vs Blackhawks Game Thread

Sabres vs Blackhawks Game Thread

Buffalo looking for a win before the bye week Game #60 Buffalo Sabres (26-23-10) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (35-18-5) Puck drop: 6:00 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY TV: NBCSN | Radio: WGR 550 | Stream: NHL.TV SB Nation’s Blackhawks Blog: Second City Hockey Projected Buffalo Lines 56 Justin Bailey -- 90 Ryan O'Reilly -- 21 Kyle Okposo 9 Evander Kane -- 15 Jack Eichel -- 23 Sam Reinhart 82 Marcus Foligno -- 71 Evan Rodrigues -- 12 Brian Gionta 26 Matt Moulson -- 44 Nicolas Deslauriers -- 63 Tyler Ennis 29 Jake McCabe -- 55 Rasmus Ristolainen 77 Dmitry Kulikov -- 47 Zach Bogosian 4 Josh...
Die By The Blade Feb 19, 2017
Sabres vs Blackhawks Preview: A happy send-off going into the bye week?

Sabres vs Blackhawks Preview: A happy send-off going into the bye week?

Buffalo will have another tough Western Conference opponent to deal with today Game #60 Buffalo Sabres (26-23-10) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (35-18-5) Puck drop: 6:00 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY TV: NBCSN | Radio: WGR 550 | Stream: NHL.TV SB Nation’s Blackhawks Blog: Second City Hockey Three Questions 1. Can the Sabres make it four (gasp!) wins in a row? Dec. 9-14, 2014. That was the last time Buffalo put together four consecutive wins. All the misery of the tank years, the Sabres have an opportunity tonight to finally start putting that behind us as we look forward to 2. Will...
Die By The Blade Feb 19, 2017
Sabres Links: Baptiste’s seamless transition, Fedun waived

Sabres Links: Baptiste’s seamless transition, Fedun waived

Buffalo is in serious playoff position after its win against the Blues Sabres Links Evander Kane and Nick Baptiste score a pair of points each in the Sabres’ 3-2 victory against St. Louis [Sabres.com] It was a seamless transition for Baptiste in his latest callup [Buffalo News] Harrington: Lehner has claimed the crease [Buffalo News] The Sabres waived Taylor Fedun [Buffalo Hockey Beat] Sabres winning streak starts at the top [Buffalo News]
Die By The Blade Feb 18, 2017
Recap: Sabres beat Blues in solid showing

Recap: Sabres beat Blues in solid showing

Buffalo wins third on the the trot, ends streak of futility against St. Louis Ryan O’Reilly scored the gamewinner on a 5-on-3 powerplay late in the second period as the Buffalo Sabres finally solved the St. Louis Blues to win 3-2 at the KeyBank Center earlier today. Earlier in the day the Sabres had waived Taylor Fedun as Cody Franson returned to the team. Fedun has no goals and seven assists in 25 games for Buffalo this season. Nick Baptiste also had the call-up from Rochester after Sam Reinhart was laid low by the flu bug, likely the same one that had Evander Kane down earlier this...
Die By The Blade Feb 18, 2017
Sabres vs. Blues Game Thread

Sabres vs. Blues Game Thread

Avoid disappointment this afternoon by having no expectations Game #59 Buffalo Sabres (25-23-10) vs. St. Louis Blues (31-22-5) Puck drop: 1:00 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG-B, FS-MW | Radio: WGR 550 | Stream: NHL.TV SB Nation’s Blues Blog: St. Louis Game Time Projected Buffalo Lines 56 Justin Bailey -- 90 Ryan O'Reilly -- 21 Kyle Okposo 9 Evander Kane -- 15 Jack Eichel -- 23 Sam Reinhart 82 Marcus Foligno -- 71 Evan Rodrigues -- 12 Brian Gionta 26 Matt Moulson -- 44 Nicolas Deslauriers -- 63 Tyler Ennis 29 Jake McCabe -- 55 Rasmus Ristolainen 77 Dmitry Kulikov -- 47 Zach...
Die By The Blade Feb 18, 2017
Sabres vs Blues Preview: Tough matinee game

Sabres vs Blues Preview: Tough matinee game

Buffalo will face an uphill battle to try and get their third win in a row. Game #59 Buffalo Sabres (25-23-10) vs. St. Louis Blues (31-22-5) Puck drop: 1:00 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG-B, FS-MW | Radio: WGR 550 | Stream: NHL.TV SB Nation’s Blues Blog: St. Louis Game Time Three Questions 1. Can the Sabres make it three wins in a row? Buffalo really needs to start racking up some wins, but face quite the challenge this afternoon. The Blues have six wins on the trot and are 7-1-0 since they fired Ken Hitchcock and Mike Yeo took over. To make things worse, the Sabres are...
Die By The Blade Feb 18, 2017
Sabres Links: Dreger talks Kane value, Ottawa brawl revisited

Sabres Links: Dreger talks Kane value, Ottawa brawl revisited

Plus, Evan Rodrigues could be sticking around in Buffalo with the way he’s played lately Sabres Links Reliving the Ottawa Brawl, 10 years later [Buffalo News] Evan Rodrigues is performing well since his call up [Buffalo News] Darren Dreger said Evander Kane’s value is likely as high as it’s going to get [WGR 550] Dan Bylsma said he’s going to keep riding Robin Lehner [Buffalo News] Cody Franson is ready to play, but Derek Grant is likely out for the weekend [Buffalo Hockey Beat]
MY NHL Trade Rumors Feb 17, 2017
Eastern Conference Injuries: Panthers, Sabres, Islanders, Rangers, Devils, Pens and Flyers

Eastern Conference Injuries: Panthers, Sabres, Islanders, Rangers, Devils, Pens and Flyers

On the Florida Panthers … George Richards: Roberto Luongo is fine after leaving Wednesday’s game because of cramping. He received some IVs and will be okay. On the Buffalo Sabres … Sabres PR: Derek Grant left last night’s game with a shoulder injury. Mike Harrington: Grant took a big hit in the first period and
Mile High Hockey Feb 16, 2017
Avalanche sink to new depths, blanked 2-0 by the Sabres.

Avalanche sink to new depths, blanked 2-0 by the Sabres.

The current losing streak reaches five as the Avalanche are shutout for the 9th time this season In a season that can't get much worse or embarrassing, the Colorado Avalanche reached new depths in their 2-0 loss against the Buffalo Sabres. It was their 9th shutout of the season and 5th consecutive loss but that doesn't even begin to describe the impotence and listlessness withessed on ice in this contest. After an encouraging start right out of the gate, the Avs then proceeded to take three penalties and gave all the momentum to the Sabres. It was inevitable when Sam Reinhart scored on the...
Die By The Blade Feb 16, 2017
Recap: Sabres beat woeful Avalanche

Recap: Sabres beat woeful Avalanche

Buffalo rarely gets to play a team worse than them It’s only been once in a blue moon that the Buffalo Sabres get to comprehensively outshoot and beat an NHL team. You can almost make the argument that the Colorado Avalanche are barely an NHL team too, but the Sabres tonight outworked and deservedly beat the Avs 2-0 with Robin Lehner getting another shutout. Surprisingly, Colorado started the first period strong, and were the better side for the first half of it, until they started taking penalties. Buffalo had three power plays in the first period and had the shot advantage 12-7, but...
Sabres vs. Avalanche Game Thread

Sabres vs. Avalanche Game Thread

This might be the only time all year the Sabres face a team demonstrably worse than they are. Enjoy it! Game #58 Buffalo Sabres (24-23-10) vs. Colorado Avalanche (15-37-2) Puck drop: 7:30 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY TV: NBCSN | Radio: WGR 550 | Stream: NBCSports.com SB Nation’s Avalanche Blog: Mile High Hockey Projected Buffalo Lines 56 Justin Bailey - 90 Ryan O’Reilly - 21 Kyle Okposo9 Evander Kane - 15 Jack Eichel - 23 Sam Reinhart 82 Marcus Foligno - 71 Evan Rodrigues - 12 Brian Gionta26 Matt Moulson - 27 Derek Grant - 63 Tyler Ennis 29 Jake McCabe - 55 Rasmus...
Sabres vs. Avalanche Coverage: Game #58

Sabres vs. Avalanche Coverage: Game #58

Girgorenko and Zadorov return to Buffalo as Ryan O’Reilly and the Sabres face some old pals. Game #58 Buffalo Sabres (24-23-10) vs. Colorado Avalanche (15-37-2) Puck drop: 7:30 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY TV: NBCSN | Radio: WGR 550 | Stream: NBCSports.com SB Nation’s Avalanche Blog: Mile High Hockey Three Questions 1. How will all the pieces in the O’Reilly trade fare against the old mates? Arguing over who won the trade that brought Ryan O’Reilly to Buffalo is silly at this point, but tonight will be the rare chance for Sabres fans to relive the glory days of...
Sabres vs. Avalanche preview: Old friends

Sabres vs. Avalanche preview: Old friends

Girgorenko and Zadorov return to Buffalo as Ryan O’Reilly and the Sabres face some old pals. Game #58 Buffalo Sabres (24-23-10) vs. Colorado Avalanche (15-37-2) Puck drop: 7:30 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY TV: NBCSN | Radio: WGR 550 | Stream: NBCSports.com SB Nation’s Avalanche Blog: Mile High Hockey Three Questions 1. How will all the pieces in the O’Reilly trade fare against the old mates? Arguing over who won the trade that brought Ryan O’Reilly to Buffalo is silly at this point, but tonight will be the rare chance for Sabres fans to relive the glory days of Mikhail...

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