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Andy Boron / Die By The Blade 10 hours ago

Sabres at Kings preview: Enter Zadorov, Nolan vs. Nolan

Ted Nolan faces his son Jordan for the first time while Nikita Zadorov finally makes his way into the lineup as the Sabres face the defending champs. Game #8 Buffalo Sabres (1-6-0) atLos Angeles Kings (4-1-1) Puck Drop: 10:30 pm EST | Staples Center | Los Angeles, CA TV: MSG, Bell, FS-W  | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Kings Blog: Jewels From The Crown Three Questions 1. Who will have a bigger impact - former Sabres defensemen, or Nikita Zadorov, making his first appearance of the year? After seven games as a healthy scratch, Nikita Zadorov will finally be active tonight...as the...
Andy Boron / Die By The Blade 22 hours ago

Sabres at Ducks recap: Perry's hat trick downs Sabres 4-1

It was a much better effort from the Sabres than the last time these two teams met, but the result was almost the same. The Buffalo Sabres have played two games this season against the Anaheim Ducks, and have lost by a combined score of 9-1. However, tonight's game actually found the Sabres with a chance to win the game late in the third period, despite the ultimate result of a 4-1 loss. Tyler Ennis scored with just over five minutes left in the third to bring the Sabres within one, but two quick Corey Perry goals a few minutes later would seal Buffalo's fate. Perry finished with a hat...
Anaheim Calling Oct 23, 2014

Ducks Beat Sabres 4-1, But It Was Closer Than That

Corey Perry scored two goals in the last three minutes to complete his hat trick, but before that the Sabres were very much in the game. Final Score: Anaheim Ducks 4, Buffalo Sabres 1 chart courtesy WAR-on-ice.com First Period: The night began with a moment of silence for the events that transpired in Ottawa earlier today, a gesture that was followed by the national anthem and then a ceremonial puck drop by Maria Montero from the Loma Linda University Cancer Center. Less than a minute into the game, Rasmus Ristolainen leveled Andrew Cogliano with a big hit in the Ducks' zone. A couple...

Sabres at Ducks Complete Coverage: Game #7

Can the Sabres find revenge on the Ducks for their early season blowout? Game #7 Buffalo Sabres (1-5-0) atAnaheim Ducks (5-1-0) Puck Drop: 10:30 pm EST | Honda Center | Anaheim, CA TV: MSG, Bell  | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Ducks Blog: Anaheim Calling Three Questions 1. Last time these two teams played, the Sabres were outshot 17-3 in the first period. Will things be any different tonight? The Sabres can't afford to get dominated in the first 30 minutes the way they did when these two teams met earlier this year. Anaheim has scored more goals than all but three teams in the NHL, so...
Sabres at Ducks preview: West coast road trip begins

Sabres at Ducks preview: West coast road trip begins

The Sabres will look to the west in hopes of finding some way to turn around a terrible start to the season. Game #7 Buffalo Sabres (1-5-0) atAnaheim Ducks (5-1-0) Puck Drop: 10:30 pm EST | Honda Center | Anaheim, CA TV: MSG, Bell  | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Ducks Blog: Anaheim Calling Three Questions 1. Last time these two teams played, the Sabres were outshot 17-3 in the first period. Will things be any different tonight? The Sabres can't afford to get dominated in the first 30 minutes the way they did when these two teams met earlier this year. Anaheim has scored more goals than...
Die By The Blade Oct 22, 2014

Tank Wars Continues! - Part Deux

Make your picks below, should be pretty easy! If you were worried that the Buffalo Sabres might be too good this season to contend for the Mc-Eichel sweepstakes, your fears should have been well and truly laid to rest, possibly in the foundations of the spanking new Harbor Center downtown. The Sabres have been simply awful so far, and as it's shaking out, Carolina and Edmonton are just as bad too. This year's version of the Buffalo Sabres Pick N' Mix has been dubbed the Tank Wars, and I'll have an updated scoresheet (from part one) in a couple of days. Meanwhile, get your picks in for the...
Anaheim Calling Oct 22, 2014

Sabres @ Ducks Preview: Coming Back For More

"That was like an NHL team playing against a peewee team." — Buffalo head coach Ted Nolan on last week's Ducks-Sabres game. If you take the quality of the opposition into account, the Ducks are coming off their best game of the young season, a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues. But if you watched the games or looked at the possession stats without paying attention to the other teams, you would be forgiven for thinking that their best game of the season came a week earlier against the Buffalo Sabres. The point is, the Ducks look good now and they're set to play a team that looks really...

Connor McDavid comes to Buffalo tonight in another impressive "get" for the region

If you're in Western New York and have any interest in the Sabres, go see why everyone's obsessed with Connor McDavid tonight. Connor McDavid is in Buffalo tonight, playing what will hopefully be his first of many home games in the First Niagara Center, as the Erie Otters are hosting the Niagara Ice Dogs at the FNC tonight at 7pm. The young man who's dominated draft talk for the past three years is a special player, and for Buffalo Sabres fans, whe chance to see him in person could be a special chance to peek into the future. His stat line is impressive enough - McDavid has eight goals and...
Sabres to retire Dominik Hasek's jersey on Jan. 13 vs. Detroit

Sabres to retire Dominik Hasek's jersey on Jan. 13 vs. Detroit

Hasek will become the seventh member of the Buffalo Sabres to have his jersey retired. Later this year, Dominik Hasek will take his rightful place in the pantheon of Sabres greats as the team announced today that Hasek will have his #39 jersey retired on January 13, when the Sabres fittingly host the Detroit Red Wings. Hasek was inducted into the Sabres Hall of Fame last season (also in a game versus Detroit) and will become the seventh member of the Sabres to have his jersey retired. While his time here ended controversially, there's no question that Hasek was one of the best, if not the...
Die By The Blade Oct 19, 2014

Bruins vs. Sabres Recap: Sabres Scoreless Drought Continues

The Buffalo Sabres offense continues to find that finding the back of the net is a struggle against the Bruins. The Buffalo Sabres have not scored since the 2:54 mark of the third period on Tuesday night against the Carolina Hurricanes. In total game time, the scoreless drought is now 137:06 and counting with a 4-0 loss to Boston on Saturday night. For the Sabres, those counting seconds are starting to get louder and louder. It's the first time since October 9-11, 2003 that the Sabres have been shutout in back to back games. "Everybody is frustrated when you lose, especially when you lose...
Die By The Blade Oct 19, 2014
Sabres Links: Reinhart sits out, Grigorenko scores for Amerks, Pysyk hopes to prove worth

Sabres Links: Reinhart sits out, Grigorenko scores for Amerks, Pysyk hopes to prove worth

The Sabres continue to falter, but Rochester is off to a good start. A big part of that is Grigorenko, who may be back in Buffalo sooner rather than later. Sabres Links The Sabres played better than they did the previous night, but still lost 4-0 to Boston [Sabres.com] Sam Reinhart sat out for the first time this season [Buffalo Hockey Beat] Mikhail Grigorenko had a goal and was named first star in the Americans 4-1 victory over Toronto [Amerks.com] Mark Pysyk hopes to prove he belongs on the Sabres blueline (he probably already has) [Rochester Democrat and Chronicle] Prospect Report:...

Sabres vs. Bruins preview: Boston, back to back

One night after a terrible effort, the Sabres hope to turn things around as they host the Boston Bruins. Game #6 Buffalo Sabres (1-4-0) vs.Boston Bruins (2-4-0) Puck Drop: 7:00 pm EST | First Niagara Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG  | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Bruins Blog: Stanley Cup of Chowder Three Questions 1. Why is Sam Reinhart sitting? And Nikita Zadorov? What are we doing here? Brian Flynn is in the lineup tonight for Sam Reinhart, who will join Zadorov in the press box as a healthy scratch. "It's all part of the process," said Ted Nolan today. I realize that guys can learn...

Sabres vs. Panthers recap: Luongo shuts out hapless Sabres 1-0

The Sabres most anemic offensive performance yet resulted in their fourth loss of the season at the hands of the Panthers, and their third consecutive shutout at the hands of Roberto Luongo. After five games, the Buffalo Sabres are still searching for answers to questions that shouldn't be this hard. Head coach Ted Nolan was one of many Sabres tonight scratching his head after yet another poor effort from his team. "We're trying to find ourselves and what kind of team we are," said the coach, though anyone who's watched them play this year knows full well that the correct answer to the...
Litter Box Cats Oct 17, 2014
GuddyGate: Florida Panthers defenseman scratched vs Buffalo, but hold on a moment

GuddyGate: Florida Panthers defenseman scratched vs Buffalo, but hold on a moment

So who messed up here, anyway? Funny thing happened just prior to puck drop between the Florida Panthers and host Buffalo Sabres Friday night: blueliner Erik Gudbranson was scratched. Yep, the very same Gudbranson who scored 1 of Florida's 3 goals - total - heading into the Buffalo match. The move sparked a firestorm of questions from fans and media, as the only answer could be injury, right? Even Erik's dad got into the act hours earlier, pumped for the match: Looking forward to watching the @flapanthers vs Sabres game and @Guddy44 tonight — Wayne Gudbranson (@wgudbranson) October 17,...

Sabres vs. Panthers Complete Coverage: Game #5

Ekblad! Reinhart! 28th place on the line! It's Sabres/Panthers tonight, live in Buffalo. Game #5 Buffalo Sabres (1-3-0) vs.Florida Panthers (0-2-1) Puck Drop: 7:00 pm EST | First Niagara Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, Bell, FS-F | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Panthers Blog: Litter Box Cats Three Questions 1. Who will look better - the #1 or #2 pick in the 2014 draft? All eyes will be on the first two picks of the 2014 draft - Aaron Ekblad and Sam Reinhart - who will both be in the lineup tonight. While most Sabres fans preferred the team to take one of the top forwards as opposed to...

Sabres vs. Panthers preview: Ekblad, Reinhart face off in battle of top picks

The top two picks in the 2014 draft will face off tonight in Buffalo as the Sabres take on the Panthers. Game #5 Buffalo Sabres (1-3-0) vs. Florida Panthers (0-2-1) Puck Drop: 7:00 pm EST | First Niagara Center | Buffalo, NYTV: MSG, Bell, FS-F | Radio: WGR 550SB Nation Panthers Blog: Litter Box Cats Three Questions 1. Who will look better - the #1 or #2 pick in the 2014 draft? All eyes will be on the first two picks of the 2014 draft - Aaron Ekblad and Sam Reinhart - who will both be in the lineup tonight. While mmost Sabres fans preferred the team to take one of the top forwards as...

Myers, Gorges off to strong start among sea of hot garbage

At least two of the Sabres defensemen are playing well in what has been another rough opening to the season for Buffalo. Last season, the Buffalo Sabres defense was mostly a terrible, terrible mess, which thankfully also contained a few bright spots - notably in the form of Mark Pysyk, Rasmus Ristolainen, and a small resurgence from Tyler Myers. Through four games this season, it seems that a few of the team's horrible blueliners from last year were replaced with newer, equally horrible blueliners this year in the form of Andrej Meszaros and Andre Benoit. Meszaros and Benoit are stepping...
Die By The Blade Oct 16, 2014

Sabres Links: Girgensons' potential, Myers rumors continue, Calgary defies Corsi in win

he rumors surrounding Tyler Myers continue to circulate. If the Sabres traded Myers to the Red Wings, who would you want in return? Sabres Links Coller: What is Zemgus Girgensons' ceiling? [WGR 550] Girgensons earning "legendary" status [Buffalo Hockey Beat] Bob McKenzie talked about the Tyler Myers rumors, and how Detroit is deciding whether or not they are alright with separating with a top prospect [Pro Hockey Talk] Elliotte Friedman wrote about Myers in his 30 Thoughts (#5), says the Sabres asked for Anthony Mantha in talks last season [Sportsnet] Around The League Chicago...

Buffalo Sabres at Carolina Hurricanes Complete Coverage: Game #4

The Sabres earned their first win against a dismal Carolina team in a game between the two worst teams in the league. Game #4 Buffalo Sabres (0-3-0) at Carolina Hurricanes (0-2-0) Puck Drop: 7:30 pm EST | PNC Arena | Raleigh, NCTV: NBCSN | Radio: WGR 550SB Nation Anaheim Hurricanes Blog: Canes Country Three Questions 1. How will the defensive pairs look tonight? The Sabres defense has been mostly awful - Tyler Myers and Josh Gorges notwithstanding - and Ted Nolan will likely be shuffling things around tonight. Andrej Meszaros, Andre Benoit, and Mike Weber are all candidates to take...
Bob Wage / Canes Country Oct 14, 2014

Sabres 4, Hurricanes 3 - SO

Canes come from behind in third period but come up short in shootout The Carolina Hurricanes scored two goals in the final 10 minutes of the game to tie things up, but ended up falling short in a long shootout as they lost to the Buffalo Sabres, 4-3 in front of 14,930 on Tuesday night at the PNC Arena. The Canes, (0-2-1), are still looking for their first win of the season. The Sabres were a tired team in the third period and had just played the afternoon before.  They only got three shots on goal in the period and none in the final 17 minutes of regulation. The Hurricanes fell behind 1-0...

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