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Die By The Blade Dec 2, 2016
Sabres recall Brendan Guhle from juniors

Sabres recall Brendan Guhle from juniors

The 19-year-old defenseman has impressed in camps The Sabres have recalled defenseman Brendan Guhle from the Prince George Cougars (WHL) on an emergency basis. The 19-year-old Edmonton, Alberta native was a second-round pick of the Sabres in 2015. Guhle has played 19 games this season between Prince George and the Prince Alberts Raiders, scoring five goals and two assists. He spent six games with the Rochester Americans last season following the conclusion of his junior season, scoring a goal and three assists. Last season he scored 10 goals and 18 assists in 63 games. He’s had strong...
Die By The Blade Dec 2, 2016
Make Sabres Hockey Fun Again

Make Sabres Hockey Fun Again

Six suggestions for the Buffalo Sabres game presentation crew Over the past two years, I’ve engaged in a slightly perverse and always sad tradition I call the Monday Morning Sigh of Shame. The morning after every Buffalo Bills home game, I skim through social media in search of insight that might help me celebrate a win or mourn an agonizing loss. My search for interesting analysis inevitably leads me to Twitter, which inevitably leads me to video of drunken Bills fans doing unspeakable things to themselves and each other, which inevitably leads to me exhaling a sizable and sorrowful...
Blueshirt Banter Dec 2, 2016
Bantering Points: 12/2/16

Bantering Points: 12/2/16

After falling to the Buffalo Sabres last night by a margin of 4-3, the New York Rangers continued they only thing they've been consistent at recently: Being inconsistent. Last night's regulation loss marked the eight consecutive game where New York has gotten a different result than the previous contest, and they'll look to continue that trend with a win tomorrow night against the Carolina Hurricanes. Here are today's news and links: Rangers News: Highlights: BUF 4, NYR 3 (Video via NHL.com) Steve Zipay recaps last night's 4-3 loss against the Buffalo Sabres (Newsday) Sean Hartnett thinks...
Die By The Blade Dec 2, 2016
Jack Eichel rallies Sabres past Rangers, 4-3

Jack Eichel rallies Sabres past Rangers, 4-3

With two late goals, Eichel propels the Buffalo Sabres to victory over New York Rangers. Without Jack Eichel, the Buffalo Sabres were 7-9-5. With Eichel, Buffalo is 2-0. Without Jack Eichel, the Sabres averaged 0.7 goals per game (exaggeration). With Eichel, Buffalo is averaging 4.5 goals a game. Without Jack Eichel, Buffalo would not have won their home game against the New York Rangers tonight. Scarily, one player IS making the difference for the team. His presence and talents are pushing the other players on the roster to be better. His return is electrifying a Buffalo fan base that has...
Blueshirt Banter Dec 1, 2016
Rangers Give Up Third Period Lead, Fall To Sabres 4-3

Rangers Give Up Third Period Lead, Fall To Sabres 4-3

The New York Rangers were unable to get the job done this evening, as they fell to the Buffalo Sabres by a final score of 4-3. After the Rangers grabbed the lead heading into the third period, the Sabres rattled off two goals courtesy of Jack Eichal, and never looked back. With the Rangers on the road, they looked to open up the game with a couple of strong shifts to set the tone. However, things took an interesting turn just 18 seconds into regulation, as the Sabres took the early 1-0 off of a fluke goal from center ice. Jake McCabe’s shot into the zone wound up deflecting off of Johan...
Sabres vs. Rangers Game Thread

Sabres vs. Rangers Game Thread

The Sabres host one of the NHL’s best tonight in the New York Rangers. Game #23 Buffalo Sabres (8-9-5) vs. New York Rangers (16-7-1) Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, MSG-B | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Rangers Blog: Blueshirt Banter 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 Ristolainen4 Josh Gorges - 6 Cody Franson41 Justin Falk - 38...
Sabres vs. Rangers Coverage: Game #23

Sabres vs. Rangers Coverage: Game #23

The Sabres will have their hands full with the high-powered Rangers tonight. Game #23 Buffalo Sabres (8-9-5) vs. New York Rangers (16-7-1) Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, MSG-B | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Rangers Blog: Blueshirt Banter One Question Will the Sabres be able to control the highest scoring team in the league? It’s no secret that the Rangers are the highest-scoring team in the NHL, and by a fairly wide margin. Their 88 goals this season is a whopping 14 ahead of the second place Flyers, and they’re scoring an average of 3.67 goals per...
Sabres vs. Rangers preview: NHL’s top offense comes to town

Sabres vs. Rangers preview: NHL’s top offense comes to town

The Sabres will have their hands full with the high-powered Rangers tonight. Game #23 Buffalo Sabres (8-9-5) vs. New York Rangers (16-7-1) Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. EST | First Niagara Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, MSG-B | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Rangers Blog: Blueshirt Banter One Question Will the Sabres be able to control the highest scoring team in the league? It’s no secret that the Rangers are the highest-scoring team in the NHL, and by a fairly wide margin. Their 88 goals this season is a whopping 14 ahead of the second place Flyers, and they’re scoring an average of 3.67 goals...
Die By The Blade Nov 30, 2016

Buffalo Sabres Player Grades: Week ending 11/27/16

Three stars, and three goats, from last week First of all let me start off with an apology for slacking off on these posts. You all have been great about doing the player grades polls on Sundays/Mondays whenever I put them up, but I have been slower than Josh Gorges back-checking on an odd-man rush in getting to compile the results, by which time the results are mostly irrelevant as a lot more has happened. Second - here are all the weekly reports compiled into one spreadsheet for those who want to go back and find those miserable weeks when we scored less than a goal a game. The turnout...

Recap: Eichel shines as Sabres win 5-4, Lehner injured

The return of Jack Eichel was all you wanted it to be, but it didn’t come without a cost. The Buffalo Sabres got three things last night that they desperately needed - Jack Eichel returned to the ice, they exploded for five goals, and most importantly, they got a much-needed win over the Ottawa Senators. Eichel’s debut was everything Sabres fans wanted and more. Six minutes into the game, the Sabres went on the power play, and it only took seven seconds for Eichel to remind everyone what a special player he is. A sharp, cross-ice pass gave Kyle Okposo a free path to the net, and he...

Sabres at Senators Coverage: Game #22

The Sabres welcome Jack Eichel back to the lineup as they travel to Ottawa to face the Sens. Game #22 Buffalo Sabres (7-9-5) at Ottawa Senators (14-7-1) Puck drop: 7:30 p.m. EST | Canadian Tire Centre | Ottawa, Ont. TV: MSG-B, TSN5, RDS2 | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Senators Blog: Silver Seven Three Questions 1. How does Eichel look in his return? This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for - Jack is back and with him comes a huge influx of offensive potency. Not only because Eichel is talented in his own right, but because his return helps balance the Sabres scoring depth quite...
Silver Seven Nov 29, 2016

Full coverage, Game 23: Buffalo Sabres @ Ottawa Senators

Full coverage of the game between the Ottawa Senators and the Buffalo Sabres on 29 November 2016. The Ottawa Senators are on a season high four-game winning streak and will look to extend it to five games when they host the struggling Buffalo Sabres. Ottawa has vaulted into second place in the Atlantic Division and in a tie for fourth overall in the NHL. On the other hand, the Sabres are in last place in the division and already six points out of the final wild card spot. Ottawa is not expected to make any changes to the lineup. Meanwhile, my fantasy team (and the Sabres) will welcome Jack...

Sabres at Senators preview: Jack is back

The Sabres welcome Jack Eichel back to the lineup as they travel to Ottawa to face the Sens. Game #22 Buffalo Sabres (7-9-5) at Ottawa Senators (14-7-1) Puck drop: 7:30 p.m. EST | Canadian Tire Centre | Ottawa, Ont. TV: MSG-B, TSN5, RDS2 | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Senators Blog: Silver Seven Three Questions 1. How does Eichel look in his return? This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for - Jack is back and with him comes a huge influx of offensive potency. Not only because Eichel is talented in his own right, but because his return helps balance the Sabres scoring depth quite...

Eichel full participant at practice, could play Tuesday in Ottawa

Eichel’s return is any day now, and it could be as soon as tomorrow. For weeks, Buffalo Sabres fans have longed to see the team’s franchise center take the ice. As soon as tomorrow, that wait could be over. Eichel centered a line with Evander Kane and Sam Reinhart at practice today, and was on the top power play unit - a big indication that he could be playing tomorrow night against the Ottawa Senators. Both Eichel and Sabres coach Dan Bylsma played coy after practice, with neither confirming that the young center will play tomorrow night, though Bylsma did note that the team would call...
Die By The Blade Nov 28, 2016

Grading the Buffalo Sabres - Week ending 11/27/16

We’re doing the player grades polls every week Despite the return of top line center Ryan O’Reilly, the Buffalo Sabres couldn’t put together a decent run of form, ending the week with one win, one loss in regulation and a shootout loss. The steady flow of players back and forth the I-90 from Rochester to the parent club in Buffalo continued unabated for yet another week, but there was additional respite on the way with star Jack Eichel finally hitting the ice with a return aimed in the next couple of weeks. As always, we’ve got all the forwards and defensemen who played over the...

Sabres at Capitals recap: With offense still napping, Buffalo loses 3-1 to Washington

The Sabres aren’t giving their fans much to cheer for these days. At my house this Thanksgiving, the Buffalo Sabres were in the same boat as politics, religion, and the new Beauty and the Beast trailer - they were not discussed, because only pain and suffering would follow. Tonight, Sabres fans found only pain and suffering in front of their TV screens, as the Sabres lost another snoozer, this time to the Washington Capitals by a score of 3-1. The first two periods of the game were awful for the Sabres. They were outshot 25-18, outscored 2-0, and none of their chances looked very...
Sabres at Capitals Game Thread

Sabres at Capitals Game Thread

The Sabres travel to our nation’s capitals to take on the, uh, Capitals. Game #21 Buffalo Sabres (7-8-5) at Washington Capitals (12-5-0) Puck drop: 5:00 p.m. EST | Verizon Center | Washington, DC TV: MSG-B, CSN-DC | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Capitals Blog: Jaspers’ Rink Projected BUF Lines 82 Marcus Foligno - 90 Ryan O’Reilly - 21 Kyle Okposo48 William Carrier - 23 Sam Reinhart - 26 Matt Moulson9 Evander Kane - 23 Johan Larsson - 12 Brian Gionta28 Zemgus Girgensons - 19 Cal O’Reilly - 27 Derek Grant 4 Josh Gorges - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen29 Jake McCabe - 6 Cody Franson41 Justin...
Japers' Rink Nov 25, 2016

Capitals vs. Sabres: Game 20 of 82

The Caps wrap up their homestand with a visit from the Sabres Next Game: Washington Capitals vs. Buffalo Sabres Friday, November 25, 5:00 PM ET Verizon CenterBroadcast Info: CSN-DC; WFED-1500, Capitals Radio 24/7 Friday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Sabres Game Day Previews of this evening's battle against Buffalo from Vogs, AP, 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. After missing the last six weeks with a high ankle sprain, Jack Eichel was back on the ice yesterday - but won't be with the Sabres at...

Sabres at Capitals preview: Black Friday showdown

The Sabres travel to Washington for an early evening contest. Game #21 Buffalo Sabres (7-8-5) at Washington Capitals (12-5-0) Puck drop: 5:00 p.m. EST | Verizon Center | Washington, DC TV: MSG-B, CSN-DC | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Capitals Blog: Jaspers’ Rink Three Questions 1. Can Buffalo stop Ovechkin? Ovie’s going to have good numbers against any team, but he’s averaging over a point per game against the Sabres with 41 points (26+15) in 39 games against the blue and gold, and scored a hat trick on Wednesday. Watch out for #8. 2. Where da goals at? After scoring four in a...
Die By The Blade Nov 24, 2016

Thomas Vanek leads the charge in 2-1 Sabres loss

The former Sabre got a bit of revenge. Thomas Vanek has still got it. The former Sabre scored the winning shootout goal and an assist on Detroit’s only tally in regulation in the Red Wings’ 2-1 victory against the Sabres. Vanek got the best of the Sabres on the Red Wings goal, leading the charge on a 2-on-1 with Gustav Nyquist. Josh Gorges was hung out to dry once Taylor Fedun went off for a line change. Gorges stuck with Vanek, who executed a stellar spin move to set up Nyquist perfectly. After numerous scoring opportunities throughout the game, it was a garbage goal that finally got...

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