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Sabres vs. Red Wings preview: Make hockey great again

Sabres vs. Red Wings preview: Make hockey great again

I’ll even settle for good. Game #45 Buffalo Sabres (17-18-9) vs. Detroit Red Wings (20-19-6) Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, FS-D | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Red Wings Blog: Winging it in Motown Two Questions 1. How will the Sabres play in the second period? Buffalo has scored the first goal in five straight games, but has lost three of those games thanks to a terrible second period effort. The problem with the Sabres is that when they’re off, they’re really off, doing things like allowing three goals in ten minutes against Toronto. Consistency has...
Die By The Blade Jan 19, 2017
The Scapegoat

The Scapegoat

One Sabres Fan’s Quest To Become a Better Human Being I remember the first object of my Sabres scorn almost as clearly as I remember my first girlfriend. History tells us that Lawrence Morely Hillman played for 15 different teams and won six Stanley Cups over the course of a 22 year career, but I remember Larry Hillman as the slowest skater I have ever seen in a Buffalo Sabres uniform. In the era of touch icing, watching Hillman skate from the attacking zone all the way back to his own end to get to the puck first was like watching The Little Engine That Could slowly chug his way up...
Die By The Blade Jan 18, 2017
The 2016 Die By The Blade community stats are here!

The 2016 Die By The Blade community stats are here!

Some of you were very active last year. And now the moment you all have been waiting breathlessly for, the 2016 user stats for Die By The Blade! But before we go into that, we’d like to start off by saying a very big thank you to all of you wonderful Buffalo Sabres fans who have come here day or night, rain or shine, win or lose. You are what makes the DBTB community one of the greatest in the SB Nation Hockey world, so give yourself a pat on the back. DBTB is just outside the top 10 of the SBN Hockey sites in terms of page views with nearly 3.4 million hits in 2016 - we are still well...
Recap: Sabres blow another early lead, lose to Leafs 4-3

Recap: Sabres blow another early lead, lose to Leafs 4-3

A familiar story leads to another loss to a divisional opponent. As a comedian says when dusting off an old chestnut of a joke - stop me if you’ve heard this one before. There wasn’t anything funny about the Sabres blowing yet another first period lead en route to a 4-3 loss to the Maple Leafs - another key divisional loss to a team that Buffalo is trailing in the standings. The Sabres got off to another hot start last night, scoring two in the first thanks to both Kyle Okposo and Evander Kane, a start which continued a positive trend of the team coming out hot right out of the...
Die By The Blade Jan 18, 2017
Sabres Links: Okposo finds the score sheet, Lehner has outburst

Sabres Links: Okposo finds the score sheet, Lehner has outburst

This season really hasn’t been fun, which is really unfortunate Sabres Links The Sabres blew a 2-0 lead and lost to the Maple Leafs [Sabres.com] Kyle Okposo got back on the Sabres’ scoreboard [Buffalo News] Taylor Fedun is waiting for another goal [Buffalo Hockey Beat] Robin Lehner’s outburst sums up Sabres inability to string together wins [Sportsnet] Sportsnet also analyzed the five rebuilding teams, including the Sabres, to see where they all stack up [Sportsnet] Around The League The Islanders fired Jack Capuano, naming Doug Weight the interim head coach [TSN]
Sabres at Maple Leafs Game Thread

Sabres at Maple Leafs Game Thread

Time to yell, scream, and meme tonight’s game featuring the Sabres taking on the Maple Leafs. Game #44 Buffalo Sabres (17-17-9) at Toronto Maple Leafs (20-13-8) Puck drop: 7:30 p.m. EST | Air Canada Centre | Toronto, ON TV: MSG, SNO, NHL.tv | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Leafs Blog: Pension Plan Puppets Projected Buffalo Lines 63 Tyler Ennis - 90 Ryan O’Reilly - 21 Kyle Okposo82 Marcus Foligno - 15 Jack Eichel - 23 Sam Reinhart9 Evander Kane - 28 Zemgus Girgensons - 12 Brian Gionta48 William Carrier - 19 Cal O’Reilly - 26 Matt Moulson 29 Jake McCabe - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen47 Zach...
Sabres at Maple Leafs Coverage: Game #44

Sabres at Maple Leafs Coverage: Game #44

The first matchup between top prospects takes place tonight in Toronto. Game #44 Buffalo Sabres (17-17-9) at Toronto Maple Leafs (20-13-8) Puck drop: 7:30 p.m. EST | Air Canada Centre | Toronto, ON TV: MSG, SNO, NHL.tv | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Leafs Blog: Pension Plan Puppets Three Questions 1. Eichel vs. Matthews, who is the more ? The first time these two teams played,a 2-1 Leafs win back on November 3, Jack Eichel was still sidelined with his high ankle sprain. Now that he’s back on the ice, we finally get to see the matchup between two franchise saviors that hockey fans have...
Sabres at Maple Leafs preview: Eichel vs. Matthews

Sabres at Maple Leafs preview: Eichel vs. Matthews

The first matchup between top prospects takes place tonight in Toronto. Game #44 Buffalo Sabres (17-17-9) at Toronto Maple Leafs (20-13-8) Puck drop: 7:30 p.m. EST | Air Canada Centre | Toronto, ON TV: MSG, SNO, NHL.tv | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Leafs Blog: Pension Plan Puppets Three Questions 1. Eichel vs. Matthews, who is the more ? The first time these two teams played,a 2-1 Leafs win back on November 3, Jack Eichel was still sidelined with his high ankle sprain. Now that he’s back on the ice, we finally get to see the matchup between two franchise saviors that hockey fans have...
Die By The Blade Jan 17, 2017
Sabres Links: Reinhart and Eichel back together, Sabres need consistency

Sabres Links: Reinhart and Eichel back together, Sabres need consistency

For every good Sabres game, there is a bad one these days Sabres Links Jack Eichel scored two goals and Tyler Ennis scored in his return in the Sabres’ 4-1 victory against Lindy Ruff and Dallas [Sabres.com] Together again, Eichel and Sam Reinhart excel [Buffalo News] The Sabres know they need more consistency [Buffalo Hockey Beat] Jamie Benn blew up in frustration due to the Stars’ loss [Dallas Morning News] Harrington: Attacking should be the Sabres’ primary method [Buffalo News]
Recap: Eichel powers Sabres to 4-1 win over Stars

Recap: Eichel powers Sabres to 4-1 win over Stars

Jack Eichel dominated today as the Sabres took down an old nemesis. Fans of the Buffalo Sabres will never say no to a win over the Dallas Stars, and today was no exception, as the Sabres earned a hard-fought 4-1 victory over the Stars. The catalyst for this game was Jack Eichel, who powered the Sabres offense all afternoon. He had a career-high ten shots, won 68% of his faceoffs, and scored both a power play and an empty net goal to go along with a number of typically impressive Eichel passes in the 4-1 win. The game got off to a fast start thank to the returning Tyler Ennis, who scored...
Die By The Blade Jan 16, 2017
Sabres vs Stars Game Thread

Sabres vs Stars Game Thread

Come join us for some chatter, banter, or just for the angry GIFs as the Sabres take on the Stars. Game #42 Buffalo Sabres (16-17-9) vs Dallas Stars (18-18-8) Puck drop: 1:00 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG-B, FS-SW | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Stars Blog: Defending Big D Projected Buffalo Lines 63 Tyler Ennis - 90 Ryan O’Reilly - 21 Kyle Okposo82 Marcus Foligno - 15 Jack Eichel - 23 Sam Reinhart9 Evander Kane - 28 Zemus Girgensons - 12 Brian Gionta48 William Carrier - 44 Nicolas Deslauriers - 26 Matt Moulson 29 Jake McCabe - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen47 Zach Bogosian - 6...
Die By The Blade Jan 15, 2017
Grading the Buffalo Sabres - Week ending 1/15/17

Grading the Buffalo Sabres - Week ending 1/15/17

Vote in the player grades polls for this last week Your Three Stars from last week: Ryan O’Reilly, Marcus Foligno and Anders Nilsson. The Three Goats are Nicolas Deslauriers, Derek Grant and Zach Bogosian. Here is the LINK to the spreadsheet with all this season’s results. The Buffalo Sabres are such a yo-yo team right now. They followed up a bad week with a great week and then pormptly had another bad week. After a solid win over the Flyers to get the week started right, the team flew south and so did their performances, with two poor losses against the Lightning and the Hurricanes....
Recap: Sabres implode after one, lose to Canes 5-2

Recap: Sabres implode after one, lose to Canes 5-2

The Sabres terrible second period doomed them in Carolina. If you’re a dog lover, the word “woof”generally brings about positive feelings, of love, companionship, and happiness. If you’re a Buffalo Sabres fan, the word “woof” generally describes the second period. The Sabres absolutely bombed period two against the Carolina Hurricanes, letting in three goals in seven minutes leading to a 5-2 loss to Carolina, who sweeps the season series against Buffalo. The Sabres second period was one of the worst we’ve seen in years - and I’m including the tank years in that sentence -...
Canes Country Jan 13, 2017
Recap and Rank ‘Em: Skinner, McGinn lead ‘Canes Past Sabres

Recap and Rank ‘Em: Skinner, McGinn lead ‘Canes Past Sabres

The Hurricanes took care of business on home ice once again as they wrapped up their season series against the Buffalo Sabres with a resounding victory. The Buffalo Sabres came into Raleigh on Friday night a very fatigued team. Tonight’s tilt against the Hurricanes was their third in four nights and the second half of a back-to-back. Goalie Anders Nilsson was the starter for all three of those contests. The Sabres sure didn’t show any of that fatigue off the hop. They had 7 of the game’s first 10 shots on goal, including a tally from rookie Will Carrier off of an uncharacteristic...
Sabres at Hurricanes Coverage: Game #42

Sabres at Hurricanes Coverage: Game #42

Fresh off a loss in Tampa, the Sabres travel to play Carolina tonight. Game #42 Buffalo Sabres (16-16-9) at Carolina Hurricanes (19-15-7) Puck drop: 7:30 p.m. EST | PNC Arena | Raleigh, NC TV: MSG, FS-C | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Hurricanes Blog: Canes Country Three Questions 1. How will special teams play out tonight? The Sabres and Hurricanes are meeting for the third time in the past few weeks, and each time, their special teams have matched up strength for strength, and weakness for weakness. Carolina’s penalty kill is the best in the NHL, and the Sabres still have a top-10...
Canes Country Jan 13, 2017
Behind Enemy Lines: Buffalo Sabres battling to score, fighting through injuries

Behind Enemy Lines: Buffalo Sabres battling to score, fighting through injuries

The offensively-challenged Sabres make their final trip of the season to Raleigh tonight. The Buffalo Sabres enter PNC Arena for the final time this season on the back end of a back-to-back. After falling 4-2 to the Tampa Bay Lightning, they will look to avenge their two previous defeats at the hands of the Hurricanes. The Sabres will be without starting netminder Robin Lehner, as he continues to battle flu-like symptoms, and defenseman Josh Gorges who is still nursing a hip injury. So far this season the Sabres have struggled to put together any sort of consistent play and are currently...
Sabres at Hurricanes preview: Back-to-back

Sabres at Hurricanes preview: Back-to-back

Fresh off a loss in Tampa, the Sabres travel to play Carolina tonight. Game #42 Buffalo Sabres (16-16-9) at Carolina Hurricanes (19-15-7) Puck drop: 7:30 p.m. EST | PNC Arena | Raleigh, NC TV: MSG, FS-C | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Hurricanes Blog: Canes Country Three Questions 1. How will special teams play out tonight? The Sabres and Hurricanes are meeting for the third time in the past few weeks, and each time, their special teams have matched up strength for strength, and weakness for weakness. Carolina’s penalty kill is the best in the NHL, and the Sabres still have a top-10 power...
Canes Country Jan 13, 2017
Sabres at Hurricanes: Game Preview, Notes, Statistics, How to Watch

Sabres at Hurricanes: Game Preview, Notes, Statistics, How to Watch

The Hurricanes look to take down the Sabres for the third time in less than a month. Buffalo Sabres (16-16-9) at Carolina Hurricanes (19-15-7)Friday, January 13, 2017 - 7:30 pmPNC Arena – Raleigh, NCFOX Sports Carolinas - 99.9 The Fan - WRALSportsFan Web and AppSB Nation Rival Blog: Die By The Blade Game Notes The first game of a back to back situation at home for the Hurricanes will feature the pesky Buffalo Sabres in their third and final matchup of the season. The Canes will go for the season sweep as they defeated the Sabres on December 17th (2-1 via the shootout) in Raleigh...
Recap: Slow second period, bad penalties sink Sabres 4-2 in Tampa

Recap: Slow second period, bad penalties sink Sabres 4-2 in Tampa

The Sabres had a good start tonight, but ultimately fell to the Lightning. All season long, the Buffalo Sabres have been such a hard team to judge. Has the onslaught of injuries to key players derailed an otherwise promising team, or is this a team whose depth is too thin to overcome such injuries? Do they let in goals at unfortunate times because they have weak goaltenders or because they have a weak defense that can’t clear the puck? How many times has their penalty kill been this close to killing it off, only to have a bad bounce or pass sink them? Tonight was another example of the...
Sabres at Lightning Game Thread

Sabres at Lightning Game Thread

Come join us for some chatter, banter, or just for the angry GIFs as the Sabres take on the Lightning. Game #41 Buffalo Sabres (16-15-9) at Tampa Bay Lightning (19-19-4) Puck drop: 7:30 p.m. EST | Amalie Arena | Tampa Bay, FL TV: MSG, SUN | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Lightning Blog: Raw Charge Projected Buffalo Lines 48 William Carrier - 90 Ryan O’Reilly - 21 Kyle Okposo82 Marcus Foligno - 15 Jack Eichel - 12 Brian Gionta9 Evander Kane - 23 Sam Reinhart - 56 Justin Bailey44 Nicolas Deslauriers - 28 Zemgus Girgensons - 26 Matt Moulson 29 Jake McCabe - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen47 Zach...

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