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How nervous are you about 30th place?

With four games left that could affect the Sabres standings, we want to know if you're feeling any anxiety over last place. Over the past two season, the Buffalo Sabres front office has had one clear goal - finish in 30th place this season and guarantee yourself one of the two generational prospects in the upcoming draft. For two seasons, they've been very successful in achieving that goal. And now, right as we're closing in on the finish line, there's a tiny chance that they won't meet that goal. There are four games left that could impact the Sabres final place in the standings. Any...

Design a New Sabres Third Jersey: Day 11 Voting

A few weeks ago we asked for your submissions for a new Sabres third jersey, and with over 60 submissions, it's time to vote for our favorites. We're going to be voting on four jerseys per day and we've broken the submissions up into two divisions (current modifications/goatheads and custom jerseys/butter knives) to find the winner. Voting on your favorite jersey is easy - in the SUBJECT LINE of your comment, simply type either 1 or 2 for the first pairing of the day, and 3 or 4 to vote on the second pairing, then feel free to comment on the jerseys in the body of your comment. Voting will...
Die By The Blade Apr 6, 2015

Sabres vs. Hurricanes Recap: Lindback stands strong as Buffalo beats Carolina 4-3

The Sabres gave up a metric ton of shots but still managed to beat the Hurricanes and put 30th place on hold. For Buffalo Sabres fans, it has been a never-ending, nightmarish, mind-numbing season. For pro-tankers, tonight was a chance for the team to clinch last-place in the NHL, and lay claim to their prize of McEichel. The Sabres players themselves, well, they had other plans. Mikhail Grigorenko continued to display progress in his development, as he potted the first goal of the game to make it 1-0 just five minutes into the first period. After a nice feed from Brian Gionta, Grigorenko...

Sabres vs. Hurricanes Complete Coverage: Game #80

We're down to the final three games of the season, and the Sabres can secure 30th place tonight with a loss in regulation. Game #80 Buffalo Sabres (22-49-8) vs.Carolina Hurricanes (29-38-11) Puck Drop: 7:00 pm EST | First Niagara Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, Bell, FS-CR | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Hurricanes Blog: Canes Country The Only Question That Matters 1. Will the Sabers clinch 30th place tonight with a regulation loss? Please, oh please. Let's retire the tank after tonight so we can get back to cheering for what we all want - Buffalo Sabres wins. Projected BUF lines Moulson...

Sabres vs. Hurricanes preview: Tonight could be the night

The Sabres can clinch 30th place with a regulation loss tonight and finally put us all out of our tanking misery. Game #80 Buffalo Sabres (22-49-8) vs.Carolina Hurricanes (29-38-11) Puck Drop: 7:00 pm EST | First Niagara Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, Bell, FS-CR | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Hurricanes Blog: Canes Country The Only Question That Matters 1. Will the Sabers clinch 30th place tonight with a regulation loss? Please, oh please. Let's retire the tank after tonight so we can get back to cheering for what we all want - Buffalo Sabres wins. Projected BUF lines Moulson - Larsson...

Sabres at Islanders recap: One loss closer to 30th

The Islanders shut out the Sabres to move Buffalo that much closer to securing last place. While their last few games have been nail-biting affairs, last night the Buffalo Sabres gave their fans ohping for 30th place a nice, relaxing 3-0 loss to the New York Islanders. In their final game at Nassau Coliseum, the Sabres were blanked by one of their own, former Sabres goalie Jaroslav Halak. The former Sabres great didn't have to work too hard for this shutout, stopping just 21 Sabres shots en route to the victory. The first period saw the Isles take a quick lead, when Kyle Okposo scored on...
Die By The Blade Apr 5, 2015

Arizona Coyotes win means the Sabres could clinch 30th on Monday

Sports Club Stats says there is a 98% chance the Sabres finish in last, securing either Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. The Sabres lost to the Islanders last night, and the Coyotes defeated San Jose a few hours later. The outcomes of the two games pushed the Coyotes four points ahead of the Sabres, getting the Sabres as close to the 30th spot as they've ever been. Sports Club Stats says there's now a 98% chance the Sabres finish in last, the highest it has been all season. Since Arizona holds the tiebreaker due to regulation victories, the Sabres would need to pick up five of six remaining...

New York Islanders vs. Buffalo Sabres: Everything is just fine.

I'm sure this is also "superstition." The New York Islanders' last game, a shootout loss in Columbus, was just fine so everything is the same tonight as the Sabres makes their final visit Nassau Coliseum. (Ducks for daily litany of fan lineup complaints to resume.) Lineup selection, or not-optimizing-the-lineup selection, has been the hot topic among Isles fans for a month or more as players have returned to health and the Isles have had multiple post-deadline extras to juggle. So while their full degree of health is never clear to the public, it's difficult to see players like Calvin de...
Die By The Blade Apr 4, 2015

Sabres at Islanders Complete Coverage

It's the last trip ever to Nassau Coliseum for the Sabres. History! Game #79 Buffalo Sabres (22-48-8) vs.New York Islanders (45-27-6) Puck Drop: 7:00 pm EST | Nassau Coliseum | New York, NY TV: MSG, Bell TV | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Islanders Blog: Lighthouse Hockey Three Questions 1. Will the ghosts of Sabres goalies past come back to haunt the Sabres? Sabre legend Jaroslav Halak is in net tonight, meaning we won't see Michal Neuvirth tonight. Will Halak shut down the Sabres, and in a way do his old team a favor? 2. Will Matt Moulson return to action and make a difference against...
Die By The Blade Apr 4, 2015

Sabres at Islanders preview: Ghosts of Sabres goalies past

The Sabres play for a second night in a row against a struggling Islanders team. Game #79 Buffalo Sabres (22-48-8) vs.New York Islanders (45-27-6) Puck Drop: 7:00 pm EST | Nassau Coliseum | New York, NY TV: MSG, Bell TV | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Islanders Blog: Lighthouse Hockey Three Questions 1. Will the ghosts of Sabres goalies past come back to haunt the Sabres? Sabre legend Jaroslav Halak is in net tonight, meaning we won't see Michal Neuvirth tonight. Will Halak shut down the Sabres, and in a way do his old team a favor? 2. Will Matt Moulson return to action and make a...
Die By The Blade Apr 4, 2015

Sabres vs. Blackhawks Recap: Toews becomes Buffalo hero in Chicago's 4-3 win

Jonathan Toews. Jonathan Toews. Jonathan Toews. It was so very very close. The Sabres were almost tied with the Arizona Coyotes for the 30th position. Jonathan Toews made sure that didn't happen, scoring two goals in the final two minutes in Chicago's 4-3 victory. The game began exactly as many would expect, with Chicago roaring out to a quick 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Duncan Kieth and Patrick Sharp and some questionable play by Anders Lindback. The Blackhawks talent was on display, but the Sabres did begin to turn the tide late in the period. They were only outshot by one. The Sabres...
Second City Hockey Apr 3, 2015

Jonathan Toews carries Blackhawks past Sabres in late comeback

The Blackhawks, perhaps unsurprisingly, needed a couple of late goals from the Captain in order to dispatch of the lowly Sabres on Friday night. Well, that was something. In last night's recap, I noted that I was more concerned with the Chicago Blackhawks knocking off the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night than against Vancouver on Thursday night. That absolutely turned out to be the case, as the Hawks needed a couple of late goals from Jonathan Toews in order to survive the league's worst club on the road. It certainly looked as if the Hawks were ready to trounce the Sabres and head right back...
Second City Hockey Apr 3, 2015

Blackhawks vs. Sabres: Chicago looks to stay hot in Buffalo

Scott Darling is in net as the Hawks face the lowly Sabres on Friday night in Buffalo. Scott Darling will get the start and Patrick Kane will travel with the team as the Chicago Blackhawks visit the Buffalo Sabres on Friday at the First Niagara Center. Chicago (47-24-6) mounted a third-period comeback to edge the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 and have been rolling ever since. The Blackhakws picked up wins over the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks to reach 100 points for the fifth time since 2008-09, and after clinching their seventh consecutive playoff berth Thursday, they sit three points back...
Second City Hockey Apr 3, 2015

Blackhawks vs. Sabres preview: Chicago aims for fourth straight win

Scott Darling will start as Chicago needs one win to become the best road team in franchise history. Scott Darling will get the start and Patrick Kane will travel with the team as the Chicago Blackhawks visit the Buffalo Sabres on Friday at the First Niagara Center. Chicago (47-24-6) mounted a third-period comeback to edge the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 and have been rolling ever since. The Blackhakws picked up wins over the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks to reach 100 points for the fifth time since 2008-09, and after clinching their seventh consecutive playoff berth Thursday, they sit...
Die By The Blade Apr 3, 2015

Sabres vs. Blackhawks Complete Coverage: Game #78

Chicago beat up on the Sabres pretty good last time around. Will they defeat a less potent Sabres roster the second time around? Game #78 Buffalo Sabres (22-47-8) vs.Chicago Blackhawks (47-24-6) Puck Drop: 7:00 pm EST | First Niagara Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, Bell TV | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Blackhawks Blog: Second City Hockey Three Questions 1. Can the Sabres ragtag team of underdogs continue to produce? The Sabres roster may look more like a Rochester Americans roster, but some of the players have really started to produce lately. That starts with Johan Larsson, who has...
Die By The Blade Apr 3, 2015

Sabres vs. Blackhawks preview: Will the ragtag Sabres win again?

The Sabres winning streak may end tonight now that they are no longer playing the 29th or 28th ranked team. Game #78 Buffalo Sabres (22-47-8) vs.Chicago Blackhawks (47-24-6) Puck Drop: 7:00 pm EST | First Niagara Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, Bell TV | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Blackhawks Blog: Second City Hockey Three Questions 1. Can the Sabres ragtag team of underdogs continue to produce? The Sabres roster may look more like a Rochester Americans roster, but some of the players have really started to produce lately. That starts with Johan Larsson, who has four points in the last...
Die By The Blade Apr 2, 2015

Recap: Sabres pull off heartbreaking win against Leafs

The lead on 30th place is down to just two points after the Sabres managed a comeback win against the Leafs. For the past decade, this is typically the time of the year that the Buffalo Sabres start getting me depressed, as the team is either barely missing the playoffs or getting bounced out of the first round. This season, the Sabres are frustrating for a completely different reason - winning games at one of the only times in franchise history when it is counterproductive to their future. Last nights victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs has Buffalo clinging to a two point "lead" for...

Sabres vs. Leafs Complete Coverage: Game #77

Two bad hockey teams face off at the close of the season. Game #77 Buffalo Sabres (21-47-8) vs.Maple Leafs (29-42-6) Puck Drop: 7:30 pm EST | First Niagara Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, SN | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Leafs Blog: Pension Plan Puppets Three Questions 1. Who will play on defense tonight with Ristolainen out? Rasmus has the flu tonight, and likely won't play. With the defensive pairings rotating during this morning's practice, who will be playing together when the two teams take the ice? 2. Who will the crowd root for tonight? Will we get another crowd that cheers for...

Sabres vs. Leafs preview: Two tanking teams tangle tonight

Alliteration! Game #77 Buffalo Sabres (21-47-8) vs.Maple Leafs (29-42-6) Puck Drop: 7:30 pm EST | First Niagara Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, SN | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Leafs Blog: Pension Plan Puppets Three Questions 1. Who will play on defense tonight with Ristolainen out? Rasmus has the flu tonight, and likely won't play. With the defensive pairings rotating during this morning's practice, who will be playing together when the two teams take the ice? 2. Who will the crowd root for tonight? Will we get another crowd that cheers for the away team? Will the LEafs fans cheer for...

Mark Pysyk won't play again this year, as mystery injury lingers

Nobody can figure out what's wrong with Mark Pysyk, and setbacks have caused the young defenseman's season to end prematurely. A few weeks ago, Mark Pysyk, the promising young Sabres defensive prospect, collapsed during a game of pickup basketball. At the time, doctors couldn't figure out the reason why Pysyk collapsed, and while he was recently cleared to return to practice, the young blue liner's mystery injury has now sidelined him for the rest of this season. Earlier today, Kevin Oklobzija of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reported that the Sabres and Amerks have shut down Pysyk...

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