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Die By The Blade Apr 18, 2016

NHL Playoffs Open Thread 4/18/2016

Some breathing room tonight, only three games on After some consecutive four-game days of playoffs hockey, we get some space tonight with three games on tap. Coincidentally, all three series are poised at 2-0. The Washington Capitals are in Philadelphia to take on the Flyers, with the Caps leading the series 2-0. The home side tonight has a point or two to prove after being brushed aside so far, so expect another hard-hitting game. Puck drop is at 7pm EST. At 8:30pm EST, the Minnesota Wild will attempt to claw back into their series against the Dallas Stars on home ice. The Wild have been...
Die By The Blade Apr 17, 2016

VOTE: Which AIHL team(s) will DBTB support this summer?

The Aussies have been wooing Sabres fans pretty heavily After we introduced you to Australian hockey last week, plenty of you had voiced that they would like to change their votes based on what you'd read about the game and the teams. That was before some of the teams kicked their social media machines into gear and really got the votes cranking. The Sydney Bears reached out to us first, telling us about their team. Die By The Bears sounds pretty catchy. Then the Canberra Braves Twitter account decided to throw shade at first, before getting their community involved...
Die By The Blade Apr 16, 2016

NHL Playoffs Open Thread 4/16/2016

Four games on this fine playoff Saturday The Lightning lead the Red Wings 2-0 after winning both their home games. In Florida, the Panthers pulled one back to tie the series as they head to New York against the Islanders. There were some contentious moments involving the coaches' challenges during the Blackhawks game at the Blues, but that series is tied at one too. In the first game of the Ducks-Predators series, Nashville upset the home side Anaheim. There are four games again today, including an afternoon tilt as the Rangers are at the Penguins down one. The Flyers are at the Capitals,...
Die By The Blade Apr 16, 2016

Q&A about Australian hockey with Hockey Down Under

We talked to an AIHL blog about the game's development in Australia Looks like the Die By The Blade community took really well to the idea of supporting an Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL) team during this upcoming summer. Lots of you had questions about what 'Aussie-Rules' hockey looked like, so we sought out a prominent AIHL blog and shot them a few questions. Before we get into that though, the last game of the Australian hockey preseason was on Saturday afternoon Sydney time, which is a mere 14 hours ahead of Eastern Seaboard time. The Wilson Cup was being contested between Sydney...
Die By The Blade Apr 15, 2016

NHL Playoffs Open Thread 4/15/2016

Another four games on tonight Last night we saw some hard-hitting, fighting-laden hockey with the Capitals beating the Flyers 2-0, the Islanders edging the Panthers in a 5-4 barnburner, the Stars blanking a hapless Wild 4-0 and in the last game of the night the Sharks getting the better of the Kings 4-3. There's four games on tonight, including the first look at Nashville and Anaheim. Anaheim Ducks (P1) vs. Nashville Predators (WC1) Fri 4/15, 10:30pm: NSH @ ANA | NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports Sun 4/17, 10:30pm: NSH @ ANA | NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVA Sports Tue 4/19, 9:30pm: ANA @ NSH | USA, SN360, TVA...
Die By The Blade Apr 15, 2016

Amerks look to future entering last weekend of 2015-16

The Amerks hope to end their home season on a high note. Another season passes without a playoff sniff for the Amerks. Frustrating, at best, for players and fans alike. "Hey brother, it's time to put your hands up - 'cause we're building a stage together." (Bronze Radio Return, "Build a Stage") In all of this mess, Andrey Makarov got his first shutout of the season against the Lake Erie Monsters on April 10. That's the shining star in what was a disaster of a run for the Rochester squad. In the nine games since we discussed what needed to happen for the Amerks to make the playoffs, the...
Die By The Blade Apr 15, 2016

DBTB is going Down Under! We're following the Australian Ice Hockey League this summer!

What better way to kill the summer doldrums than with more hockey? The summer months, especially for teams out of the playoffs, are usually filled with draft speculation, free agent wishes, and dreams of hockey coming back in October. Thanks to a campaign started by SB Nation blogs Stanley Cup of Chowder and Pension Plan Puppets, you don't need to wait that long -  Die By The Blade will be joining them and picking a team to root for and follow this summer in the Australian Ice Hockey League! Here's a primer on the game down under, courtesy of Wikipedia - The Australian Ice Hockey...
Die By The Blade Apr 14, 2016

NHL Playoffs Open Thread 4/14/2016

It'll be a busy night with four games on The playoffs were off to a flying start last night. The Lightning edged the Red Wings 3-2 in an up and down game. Rookie goalie Jeff Zatkoff keyed the Penguins to a 5-2 win over the Rangers, who saw their goalie Henrik Lundqvist leave the game. Finally, the Blues ground down the defending Stanley Cup champions the Blackhawks 1-0 in overtime. Tonight we have four games, so they'll be plenty of channel-flipping going on. Here are the schedules for the four series that start tonight - Washington Capitals (M1) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (WC2) Thu 4/14,...

Sabres season in review: Looking back on our predictions

Before the season started, your humble DBTB staff took their best guess at the team's record and Eichel's final stat line. How close did we come? At the beginning of every year, we get to have the fun of predicting what's to come. On the other hand, at the end of every year, many of us get to laugh at how wrong we were, and a few lucky ones get to brag. This season was no different, and back in October we polled some of the DBTB writers to give us their predictions on Jack Eichel's final stat line, the Sabres point total, and where they would finish in the East. As you can see from the...
Die By The Blade Apr 13, 2016

NHL Playoffs Open Thread 4/13/2016

Three games on tap tonight The Buffalo Sabres season might have come to an end, but the NHL Playoffs will start tonight without them. Here's one image that encapsulates the playoffs for you, courtesy of NHL.com - Here are the schedules for the three series that start tonight - Tampa Bay Lightning (A2) vs. Detroit Red Wings (A3) Wed 4/13, 7pm: DET @ TBL | NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports Fri 4/15, 7pm: DET @ TBL | CNBC, CBC, TVA Sports Sun 4/17, 7pm: TBL @ DET | CNBC, CBC, TVA Sports Tue 4/19, 7pm: TBL @ DET | NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports *Thu 4/21, TBD: DET @ TBL | TBD *Sun 4/24,...

NHL Central Scouting final rankings released

Let the draft speculation begin! With the close of the season, many teams are looking to the playoffs, which start tonight. Other teams, including the Sabres, are looking forward to the 2016 NHL Draft. There are a few big milestones on the way to hosting the big event in Buffalo, and one of them is the release of NHL Central Scouting's final rankings, which happened earlier this week. Check out the rankings here. You can check out the rankings by following the link above, but the big story to come out of the release was the rise of North American winger Pierre-Luc Dubois from #7 in the...

Highlights from the Sabres season-ending press conference

Sabres GM Tim Murray and head coach Dan Bylsma had plenty to say in their season-ending press conference. Here's what you need to know. The Buffalo Sabres 2015-16 campaign was a success in some respects, but a failure in others. The Sabres officially closed the book on this year with a press conference featuring GM Tim Murray and head coach Dan Bylsma. They had plenty to say in the 40+ minutes of questioning, but here are some of the highlights. Team and player outlook The organization's goal next year is to make the playoffs. Might seem obvious, but it's nice to hear it from the horse's...
Die By The Blade Apr 11, 2016

Sabres place Cal O'Reilly on waivers

The veteran forward spent more time in the NHL this season than he had since 2011-12. The Sabres have placed forward Cal O'Reilly on waivers according to TVA's Renaud Lavoie. O'Reilly, 29, scored three goals and four assists in 20 games with the Sabres. In 44 games with the Americans he scored six goals and dished out 22 assists. He's signed through next season. If O'Reilly clears waivers, he'd be able to play in the Americans final three games of the season, April 15 vs. Albany and the 16th and 17th against the Toronto Marlies.
Die By The Blade Apr 11, 2016

Buffalo Sabres Inside The Numbers: Josh Gorges

This video feature looks at the players' jersey numbers Do you often wonder why certain players wear certain numbers? Sometimes it's a lucky number, sometimes it's what their favorite player growing up wore, and sometimes they simply didn't have a choice when they joined a team and never bothered to change it later. Here we look at the Buffalo Sabres' Josh Gorges and why he wears the '4'. Video courtesy of the Buffalo Sabres Former players to have worn the '4' for Buffalo include: Mike McMahon (1971) Tracy Pratt (1972-1974) Jerry Korab (1974-1985) John Van Boxmeer (1981-1983) Mark...
Die By The Blade Apr 10, 2016

Buffalo Sabres Locker Cleanout Day

Comments from the Sabres as the season ends The Buffalo Sabres had their locker cleanout day today. As yet another season comes to an end without Buffalo making the playoffs, it is the future that the fans will be eager for as the Sabres showed towards the end of this 2015-16 season what they are capable of. The Sabres garnered 47 points in the second half of the season, which replicated in the first half would equate to a 94-point haul that would have been enough to get a wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference. Here is a recap of the Sabres clearing out their lockers earlier today from...
Die By The Blade Apr 10, 2016

DBTB's 2016 NHL Playoffs Bracket Challenge

Can you predict how the playoffs will shake out? It's yet another season for the Buffalo Sabres without playoff hockey, but on the form shown by the team in the last quarter of the season, it shouldn't be long before we're going to Sabres games hopefully past Memorial Day. Here's your chance to show off your hockey smarts and pick the perfect NHL playoffs bracket. It's easy to play, just go to the 2016 NHL Bracket Challenge and sign up using your NHL id. Join the DBTB group and any other fan groups that you would like, make your picks and then settle in for the playoffs. It's that easy. ...
Die By The Blade Apr 9, 2016

Rate the Buffalo Sabres at the New York Islanders

Vote on how the Sabres did tonight The Buffalo Sabres ended the 2015-16 season on a winning note, winning 4-3 in overtime at the New York Islanders. Captain Brian Gionta had two goals on the night, including the gamewinner. Matt Moulson got the first goal as rookie Evan Rodrigues scored his first NHL goal in his second game up with the Sabres. Voting, as always, is pretty simple. Click on the scale to rate the following players from 1(poor) to 5 (amazing), and click submit when you're done. Loading...

Sabres at Islanders Coverage: Game #82

The final game of the 2015-16 season has the Sabres traveling to Brooklyn to face the Islanders. Game #82 Buffalo Sabres (34-36-11) atNew York Islanders (45-26-9) Puck Drop: 7:30 pm EST | Barclays Center | Brooklyn, NY TV: MSG, Bell, NHL.TV | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Blue Islanders Blog: Lighthouse Hockey Three Questions 1. Which of the rookies will play tonight? With no morning skate today, we're not sure if Cole Schneider or Evan Rodrigues will play tonight. It's doubtful that Jason Kasdorf will get another shot, as the team really should let Chad Johnson take the final game, and...
Die By The Blade Apr 8, 2016

Rate the Buffalo Sabres against the Columbus Blue Jackets

Vote on how the Sabres did on Fan Appreciation Night Buffalo Sabres fans will have left the First Niagara Center distinctly dissatisfied tonight after watching a very flat performance by their team on what was dubbed 'Fan Appreciation Night'. With three debutants in the side, Buffalo was never quite in this game and Columbus showed off their speed to avenge 4-0 and 4-1 losses from earlier in the season. Voting, as always, is pretty simple. Click on the scale to rate the following players from 1(poor) to 5 (amazing), and click submit when you're done. Loading...

Sabres vs. Blue Jackets recap: Sabres don't appreciate fans, lose 4-1 in final home game

Sloppy play, missed chances, injuries, and a crop of newbies led to the Sabres losing 4-1 to Columbus on Fan Appreciation Night. The Buffalo Sabres are a team that's been out of playoff contention for a while now, but you wouldn't know it by their recent play. They've played a consistent, strong game over the past two months and had even seemed to figure how to win in the First Niagara Center, something they've struggled with all season. Things were looking up, and the team was on a quest to finish over .500 for the first time in years. And then, on Fan Appreciation Night, it all came...

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