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Andy Boron / Die By The Blade 9 hours ago
Sabres vs. Capitals recap: Poor special teams sink Sabres in 4-1 loss

Sabres vs. Capitals recap: Poor special teams sink Sabres in 4-1 loss

The Sabres lose one last time to the Caps this season. For the third and final time this season, the Buffalo Sabres played the Washington Capitals, and for the third and (thankfully) final time, they were defeated. The Sabres special teams really failed them in last night's 4-1 loss to the Caps, with both the power play and penalty kill failing to take advantage of key situations that could have turned the game around. Buffalo's PK continues to be the Achilles Heel of the team, giving up two goals on three chances to Washington, one in the second and a dagger in the third. The Sabres went...
Japers' Rink 23 hours ago
Capitals vs. Sabres Recap: Firsts Galore in 4-1 win

Capitals vs. Sabres Recap: Firsts Galore in 4-1 win

There were a series of firsts for the Caps in their 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres for what combined to be a great road game. Ice Tracker - Game Summary - Event Summary - Shot Report - Faceoff Summary - Play-by-Play - Home TOI - Visitor TOI - Advanced Stats at: hockeystats, Natural Stat Trick and more via Nice Time On Ice The Caps played about as fine a road game as one could ask for, even accounting for the fact that the Sabres are a team strugging in the standings, in subduing Buffalo, 4-1. They played things close to the vest in a scoreless first period, took advantage of the...
Die By The Blade Dec 9, 2016
Sabres vs Capitals Game Thread

Sabres vs Capitals Game Thread

The old nemesis is in town tonight Game #27 Buffalo Sabres (10-10-6) vs. Washington Capitals (15-7-3) Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, CSN-DC, NHL.TV | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Capitals Blog: Japer’s Rink Projected BUF Lines 48 William Carrier - 90 Ryan O’Reilly - 21 Kyle Okposo9 Evander Kane - 15 Jack Eichel - 23 Sam Reinhart82 Marcus Foligno - 22 Johan Larsson - 12 Brian Gionta44 Nicolas Deslauriers - 28 Zemgus Girgensons - 26 Matt Moulson 29 Jake McCabe - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen77 Dmitry Kulikov - 6 Cody Franson4 Josh Gorges - 41 Justin Falk Goal:...
Sabres vs. Capitals preview: Kulikov, Gorges return

Sabres vs. Capitals preview: Kulikov, Gorges return

The Sabres blue line should get stronger tonight with the return of two injured defensemen. Game #27 Buffalo Sabres (10-10-6) vs. Washington Capitals (15-7-3) Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, CSN-DC | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Capitals Blog: Jaspers’ Rink Two Questions 1. How will the Sabres defensemen perform with the return of Kulikov and Gorges? The Sabres get some healthy bodies back on the blue line tonight with the return from injury of Dmitry Kulikov and Josh Gorges. Kulikov will be paired on the second unit with Cody Franson, while Gorges...
Die By The Blade Dec 9, 2016
Sabres’ walking wounded back on the ice

Sabres’ walking wounded back on the ice

Kulikov, Gorges and Deslauriers all practiced yesterday The Buffalo Sabres are finally starting to get healthy as their season approaches the one-third mark. Defensemen Dmitry Kulikov and Josh Gorges and Nicolas Deslauriers all practiced yesterday ahead of tonight’s home game against the Washington Capitals. Kulikov has been training with his teammates for a few days now, and could play tonight for the first time since November 9th when he aggravated a mid-body injury that he had sustained earlier in the pre-season. In the twelve games he has played so far, he is still yet to register a...
Die By The Blade Dec 8, 2016
Mac’s Mind: Dead Weight is Holding the Sabres Back

Mac’s Mind: Dead Weight is Holding the Sabres Back

With an abundance of youth in Rochester, Buffalo is stuck in the past. In the past few years, the Buffalo Sabres have seen a resurgence of youth. Sitting high atop their mountain of draft picks, the Sabres are creating a franchise with kids who were too young to remember Y2K. And I love it. Rookies are known for their fresh legs, uncorrupted sense of of spirit, and wide eyes. Sharing a locker next to a veteran, or sitting next to them on a road trip is something that they seldom take for granted. They’re often the butt of everyone’s jokes, and fall victim to pranks around the locker...
Die By The Blade Dec 6, 2016
Sabres vs Oilers Recap: Risto’s first goal gives Buffalo the win

Sabres vs Oilers Recap: Risto’s first goal gives Buffalo the win

Buffalo looked to have run out of gas, only to finish strong After the last two days when first the Buffalo Bills blew a big lead and then the Buffalo Sabres gave up playing after 45 minutes, this was a letdown waiting to happen as the Sabres hosted a fast Edmonton Oilers team in the second game of a back-to-back. And after the Oil roared back to score three unanswered, many fans (including this writer), gave up hope. However, first Evander Kane then Rasmus Ristolainen scored within a minute and a half on either side of overtime to win the game. Analyst Rob Ray had predicted that the...
Sabres vs. Oilers Game Thread

Sabres vs. Oilers Game Thread

The Oilers bring the NHL’s leading scorer to town in a matchup of top draft picks. Game #26 Buffalo Sabres (9-10-6) vs. Edmonton Oilers (14-10-3) Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, SNW | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Oilers Blog: Copper & Blue Projected BUF Lines 48 William Carrier - 90 Ryan O’Reilly - 21 Kyle Okposo9 Evander Kane - 15 Jack Eichel - 23 Sam Reinhart82 Marcus Foligno - 22 Johan Larsson - 12 Brian Gionta26 Matt Moulson - 27 Derek Grant - 28 Zemgus Girgensons 29 Jake McCabe - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen45 Brendan Guhle - 6 Cody Franson41 Justin Falk...
Sabres vs. Oilers Coverage: Game #26

Sabres vs. Oilers Coverage: Game #26

The Sabres and Oilers face off tonight, with the top two picks of the 2015 Draft on opposite sides of the ice. Game #26 Buffalo Sabres (9-10-6) vs. Edmonton Oilers (14-10-3) Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, SNW | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Oilers Blog: Copper & Blue Two Questions 1. Will McDavid dominate Buffalo like he did last year? The NHL’s leading scorer comes to Buffalo tonight, and the last time McDavid was in town, he scored both goals in a 2-1 Edmonton win. He has 34 points in 27 games this season, and has taken the next step towards...
Sabres vs. Oilers preview: Eichel vs. McDavid

Sabres vs. Oilers preview: Eichel vs. McDavid

The Sabres and Oilers face off tonight, with the top two picks of the 2015 Draft on opposite sides of the ice. Game #26 Buffalo Sabres (9-10-6) vs. Edmonton Oilers (14-10-3) Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, SNW | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Oilers Blog: Copper & Blue Two Questions 1. Will McDavid dominate Buffalo like he did last year? The NHL’s leading scorer comes to Buffalo tonight, and the last time McDavid was in town, he scored both goals in a 2-1 Edmonton win. He has 34 points in 27 games this season, and has taken the next step towards challenging...
Die By The Blade Dec 6, 2016
Sabres Links: Burgdoerfer makes debut. Toronto waives Enroth, Eichel & McDavid face off

Sabres Links: Burgdoerfer makes debut. Toronto waives Enroth, Eichel & McDavid face off

It turns out Murray may have been right after all in not signing Enroth is summer Sabres Links The Sabres fell to the Capitals 3-2 in a shootout [Sabres.com] Jack Eichel and Connor McDavid are ready to play for the first time this season [NHL.com] Perseverance pays off for Erik Burgdoerfer [Buffalo News] Eichel tweaked his ankle against Washington, but he didn’t miss a shift [NHL.com] Around The League Toronto placed former Sabre Jhonas Enroth on waivers [Sportsnet] Projected first-overall pick Nolan Patrick is out for the World Juniors [TSN]
Sabres at Capitals recap: Sabres collapse late, lose 3-2 in OT

Sabres at Capitals recap: Sabres collapse late, lose 3-2 in OT

Despite a solid first two periods, the Sabres couldn’t hold on tonight in Washington. Good road games are often defined by their grind-it-out, game-controlling play by the visitors. They aren’t the prettiest wins, but the team in whites does enough to get the job done. Tonight, the Sabres played a solid road game for about 45 minutes...and then collapsed in the final ten to give the Washington Capitals a 3-2 victory in overtime. Buffalo would get off to a fast start thanks to Zemgus Girgensons, who looked like the Girgensons of old scoring his second goal of the season just five minutes...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Dec 5, 2016
Capitals vs. Sabres: Game 24 of 82

Capitals vs. Sabres: Game 24 of 82

The Caps return home looking to snap a season-long three-game losing streak as they host the Sabres Next Game: Washington Capitals vs. Buffalo Sabres Monday, December 5, 7:00 PM ET Verizon CenterBroadcast Info: CSN-DC; WFED-1500, Capitals Radio 24/7 Monday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Sabres Game Day Previews of this evening's battle against Buffalo from Vogs (plus game notes), NHL.com, AP, STATS LLC, Peerless, NoVa Caps, and be sure to visit our SB Nation pals over at Die by the Blade for the other side of tonight's matchup. Keep up with the latest Caps-related...
Sabres at Capitals Coverage: Game #25

Sabres at Capitals Coverage: Game #25

The Sabres take a heavily injured blue line with them as they travel to Washington to face the Capitals. Game #25 Buffalo Sabres (9-10-5) at Washington Capitals (13-7-3) Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. EST | Verizon Center | Washington, DC TV: MSG, CN-DC | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Capitals Blog: Jaspers’ Rink Three Questions 1. Can the Sabres contain Washington’s top line? If you haven’t been paying close attention, you might not know that the Capitals and Sabres share many of the same scoring woes. Washington is 22nd in the league in scoring, and has as many issues with secondary...
Sabres at Capitals preview: Who’s playing defense?

Sabres at Capitals preview: Who’s playing defense?

The Sabres take a heavily injured blue line with them as they travel to Washington to face the Capitals. Game #25 Buffalo Sabres (9-10-5) at Washington Capitals (13-7-3) Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. EST | Verizon Center | Washington, DC TV: MSG, CN-DC | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Capitals Blog: Jaspers’ Rink Three Questions 1. Can the Sabres contain Washington’s top line? If you haven’t been paying close attention, you might not know that the Capitals and Sabres share many of the same scoring woes. Washington is 22nd in the league in scoring, and has as many issues with secondary scoring as...
Die By The Blade Dec 5, 2016
Sabres Links: Gorges out weeks, Kulikov returns, Guhle impresses

Sabres Links: Gorges out weeks, Kulikov returns, Guhle impresses

As one defenseman leaves, another one enters Sabres Links Josh Gorges is out for weeks, but Dmitry Kulikov returned to practice [Buffalo News] Brendan Guhle proves he can play in the NHL [Buffalo News] Harrington: No rest for the defense as injury situation deepens [Buffalo News] Jack Eichel’s return makes him a strong fantasy option and helps Evander Kane [Sportsnet] Around The League Erik Johnson is out 6-8 weeks [TSN]
Die By The Blade Dec 4, 2016
Grading the Buffalo Sabres - Week ending 12/04/16

Grading the Buffalo Sabres - Week ending 12/04/16

Vote in the player grades polls for this last week The Buffalo Sabres got a very important cog back from injury as Jack Eichel played his first three games of the season, and immediately sparked an offensive revival. The difference was immediately noticeable as the Sabres looked a different team, potting ten goals in three games after struggling to score more than once for almost a dozen games before that. Evander Kane finally scored his first of the season, Sam Reinhart looked great and the trickle down effect was noticed all over the squad. Even emergency recall from juniors Brendan...
Die By The Blade Dec 3, 2016
Recap: Sabres foiled again by Rask, fall to Bruins

Recap: Sabres foiled again by Rask, fall to Bruins

Buffalo loses matinee game to Boston 2-1 It was always going to be somewhat unrealistic that the Buffalo Sabres would continue to score at their newfound 4.5 goals per game clip since the return of Jack Eichel. However, it was old foe Tuuka Rask who shut the home side down this afternoon, making 35 saves to lead the Bruins to a 2-1 win. David Krejci had put the visitors ahead with five minutes to play in the first period, deflecting a shot from defenseman Brandon Carlo onto the crossbar and past Sabres starting goalie Robin Lehner for his fourth goal of the season. The Sabres looked to...
Die By The Blade Dec 3, 2016
Sabres vs Bruins Coverage: Game #24

Sabres vs Bruins Coverage: Game #24

Young defenseman Brendan Guhle gets a matinee show NHL debut Game #24 Buffalo Sabres (9-9-5) vs. Boston Bruins (13-10-1) Puck drop: 1:00 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG-B, NESN, NHL.TV | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Bruins Blog: Stanley Cup of Chowder Three Questions 1. How will Brendan Guhle look in his first full NHL game? The 19-year-old defenseman has been turning heads in the WHL this season with some astounding goals for first the Prince Albert Raiders and then the Prince George Cougars. In his NHL debut though, he's going to get asked to do some defense work against...
Die By The Blade Dec 3, 2016
Sabres vs Bruins Game Thread

Sabres vs Bruins Game Thread

Sabres resume hostilities in matinee tilt with the hated Bruins Game #24 Buffalo Sabres (9-9-5) vs. Boston Bruins (13-10-1) Puck drop: 1:00 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG-B, NESN, NHL.TV | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Bruins Blog: Stanley Cup of Chowder Projected BUF Lines 26 Matt Moulson - 90 Ryan O’Reilly - 21 Kyle Okposo9 Evander Kane - 15 Jack Eichel - 23 Sam Reinhart82 Marcus Foligno - 22 Johan Larsson - 12 Brian Gionta48 William Carrier - 27 Derek Grant - 28 Zemgus Girgensons 29 Jake McCabe - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen45 Brendan Guhle - 6 Cody Franson41 Justin Falk - 38...

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