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Andy Boron / Die By The Blade 23 hours ago
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...

Sabres at Hurricanes recap: Sabres earn first win in shootout

The Sabres now have a number other than 0 in the win column, thanks to an eight-round shootout win in Carolina. It took four games and a contest against another injury-riddled bottom-dweller, but the Buffalo Sabres finally have their first win of the season, beating the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 in the shootout. The Sabres played their best game of the season, and while they still gave up a ton of shot attempts, they looked like the better team through the first 40 minutes. Marcus Foligno opened the scoring in the first period with a nice toe-drag snap shot past Cam Ward, and after 20 minutes...

Buffalo Sabres at Carolina Hurricanes preview: Battle for the basement

Quite possibly the two worst teams in the league face off tonight on national television. The battle for the basement begins tonight! 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...

Buffalo Sabres vs. Anaheim Ducks Complete Coverage: Game #3

The Sabres were outclassed in every way in a 5-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. Game #3 Buffalo Sabres (0-2-0) vs. Anaheim Ducks (1-1-0) Puck Drop: 3:00 pm EST | First Niagara Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, Bell-TV | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Anaheim Ducks Blog: Anaheim Calling Three Questions 1. How will Tyson Strachan look in his first game as a Sabre? Strachan moves into the lineup in place of Andrej Meszaros, who didn't have the best game against Chicago on Saturday. Will Strachan be any better, or will he prove that he belongs in Rochester once Mark Pysyk and Jake McCabe return from...

Sabres vs. Ducks recap: Sabres muster just 12 shots in 5-1 rout

Is the season over yet? The Anaheim Ducks are a good hockey team - last season they finished first in the Western Conference. The Buffalo Sabres are a bad hockey team - last year, they were worst in the East. Sometimes that's all the analysis you need. The Sabres were routed today by the Anaheim Ducks by a score of 5-1, and the game truly showed the talent disparity between one of the best teams in the league and one of the worst. The Sabres were outshot by the incredible score of 44-12 - yes, you read that right. Buffalo's anemic offense never truly threatened Frederik Andersen, despite a...

It's official: Buffalo will host the 2016 NHL Draft

Commissioner Gary Bettman made the official proclamation today in the bowels of the First Niagara Center. The reports from late last week have been made official, as NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has announced today that the city of Buffalo will host the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Bettman also implied that the Buffalo Sabres will be in the running for future outdoor games, after hosting the original Winter Classic in 2008. For the Sabres' part, team president Ted Black said that he plans to bid on a future All-Star Game to come to Buffalo. The construction of the HARBORCENTER complex, as well...
Die By The Blade Oct 13, 2014

Buffalo Sabres vs. Anaheim Ducks Game Thread

Since you're hear talking about the game with us, it means you probably didn't get one of the free One Buffalo t-shirts.That's too bad. Everyone likes free t-shirts. Game #3 Buffalo Sabres (0-2-0) vs. Anaheim Ducks (1-1-0) Puck Drop: 3:00 pm EST | First Niagara Center | Buffalo, NYTV: MSG, Bell-TV | Radio: WGR 550SB Nation Anaheim Ducks Blog: Anaheim Calling Buffalo lines Moulson - Ennis - Stafford Hodgson - Girgensons - Gionta Foligno - Reinhart - Stewart Deslauriers- McCormick - Mitchell Gorges - Myers Benoit - Strachan Ristolainen - Weber Goal: Michal Neuvirth Let's Go Buffalo!
Canes Country Oct 13, 2014

Number To Know — Oct. 13, 2014

Today’s Number To Know shows that the Buffalo Sabres are off to an even rougher start than Carolina. Number To Know -21 — Buffalo’s average shot differential through two games. The Sabres rank last in the NHL in both shots for (22.5) and shots against (43.5) after the season’s first weekend.That's not new territory for the Sabres: they were last in the league in shots for last season (26.3) and 28th in shots allowed (34.3). Comparatively, Carolina is averaging 24 shots for (28th) and 28.5 shots against (T-16th) through two games, good for 22nd in shot differential.
Die By The Blade Oct 13, 2014
Buffalo Sabres vs. Anaheim Ducks preview: Monday afternoon hockey

Buffalo Sabres vs. Anaheim Ducks preview: Monday afternoon hockey

It's Columbus Day, meaning that the Sabres have afternoon hockey despite many still having to work. Game #3 Buffalo Sabres (0-2-0) vs. Anaheim Ducks (1-1-0) Puck Drop: 3:00 pm EST | First Niagara Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, Bell-TV | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Anaheim Ducks Blog: Anaheim Calling Three Questions 1. How will Tyson Scrachan look in his first game as a Sabre? Scrachan moves into the lineup in place of Andrej Meszaros, who didn't have the best game against Chicago on Saturday. Will Scrachan be any better, or will he prove that he belongs in Rochester once Mark Pysyk and Jake...

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