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Die By The Blade Apr 12, 2017
NHL Playoffs Open Thread 4/12/2017

NHL Playoffs Open Thread 4/12/2017

Five games on tonight The Buffalo Sabres season might have come to an end, but the NHL Playoffs will start tonight without them. Five first round series start tonight, with three in the Eastern Conference and two in the Western Conference. Here’s the full schedule for Wednesday’s games. All times Eastern. Wednesday, April 12 Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Game 1 New York Rangers at Montreal Canadiens Time: 7 p.m. TV: CBC, TVA Sports, NBCSN Stream: NBCSports.com Game 1: Boston Bruins at Ottawa Senators Time: 7 p.m. TV: CBC, TVA Sports, NHL Network Stream: NBCSports.com Game 1:...
GMTM: “I’m willing to take the knife”

GMTM: “I’m willing to take the knife”

Sabres GM Tim Murray had plenty to say in his season-ending press conference. The Buffalo Sabres GM, Tim Murray, gave his season-ending press conference today from the bowels of the KeyBank Center, and as per usual, he had plenty of interesting things to say in his season-ending remarks. Let’s jump right in with the things you need to know. On the season Murray put much of the blame on himself for this season, saying that he didn’t build the team well enough to withstand the injuries they suffered this season. Murray: "I stand here and take full responsibility."...
Die By The Blade Apr 11, 2017
The Winter of Our Discontent

The Winter of Our Discontent

Examining the Relationship Between Terry Pegula and Buffalo Sabres Fans Buffalonians are a hardy stock and we do our best to meet the winter season with courage and resourcefulness. We comb our hair with snow shovels, gargle with rock salt, and tunnel out of our kitchens for periodic expeditions in search of gas and milk and cold beer at affordable prices. Yet even the most courageous among us winds up kneeling in surrender to lake effect snow. Winter in Buffalo is not something to be enjoyed or embraced, it is something one survives. That winter survival instinct tends to heighten our...
Locker Clean Out: We Need More F-U Attitude

Locker Clean Out: We Need More F-U Attitude

All the news that’s fit to print from the Sabres locker clean out day. The Buffalo Sabres season is over, and the team gathered today to give their final remarks to the media and gather their things for summer vacation. Each player had their own take on the season, and here’s the news, thoughts and quotes that you need to hear. We Need To Be Better To start off, there were a number of cliched quotes about not being good enough, which, while being cliche, are also very true. "We fell short." Coach Bylsma's full 15-minute press conference this afternoon: https://t.co/kElQjm48k0...
Die By The Blade Apr 10, 2017
Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round Schedule Released

Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round Schedule Released

The back end of the season starts on Wednesday The Buffalo Sabres are out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs yet again, but the second half of the season will continue without them, starting Wednesday. Here is the complete first-round schedule (All times ET, subject to change): EASTERN CONFERENCE Montreal Canadiens (A1) vs. New York Rangers (WC1) Wednesday, April 12, 7pm: Rangers @ Canadiens | CBC, TVA Sports, NBCSN Friday, April 14, 7pm: Rangers @ Canadiens | CBC, TVA Sports, USA Sunday, April 16, 7pm: Canadiens @ Rangers | NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVA Sports Tuesday, April 18, 7pm: Canadiens @...
Die By The Blade Apr 10, 2017
Grading the Buffalo Sabres - The end could not come fast enough

Grading the Buffalo Sabres - The end could not come fast enough

Vote in the player grades polls for the last fortnight Your Three Stars from the last poll: the Power Play, Jack Eichel and the Penalty Kill. The Three Goats are Zemgus Girgensons, Justin Bailey and Casey Nelson. Here is the LINK to the spreadsheet with all of this season’s results. The last two weeks of the Buffalo Sabres regular season just seemed to drag on and on, and the fans (and most probably the players too) just needed to be put out of their misery. The Sabres end the season the sixth-worst team in the League, and will be picking sixth in the 2017 NHL Draft unless the lottery...
Die By The Blade Apr 10, 2017
Sabres Links: Sabres slide to division cellar, is Bylsma in trouble?

Sabres Links: Sabres slide to division cellar, is Bylsma in trouble?

And the long off-season begins today Sabres Links The Sabres season game to a fitting end, falling 4-2 to Tampa Bay [Sabres.com] Linus Ullmark and Alex Nylander made a mark in the season finale [Buffalo News] Sliding to the division cellar is a tough way to end the season [Buffalo News] Is Dan Bylsma’s job in trouble? [Buffalo News] Around The League The Stars parted way with Lindy Ruff [Dallas Morning News] Brian Bickell scored a shootout goal in his final game [TSN]
Recap: Sabres fall short in finale, lose 4-2

Recap: Sabres fall short in finale, lose 4-2

Despite a slightly better effort, the Sabres still lost in their season finale. This season has been full of stories and intrigue for the Buffalo Sabres, just not the kinds they were hoping for. And now, after months of injuries, Eichel madness, blown games, angry Ristolainen tweets, and arguments, it was mercifully time to put this season to bed in Tampa Bay. Buffalo would open the scoring thanks to a wicked shot from Will Carrier, his fifth of the season. His line, along with Evan Rodrigues and Alex Nylander, was one of the lone bright spots on the night. Nylander would record his first...
Sabres at Lightning Game Thread

Sabres at Lightning Game Thread

Come join us for one last ride as the Sabres take on the Lightning. Game #82 Buffalo Sabres (33-36-12) at Tampa Bay Lightning (41-30-10) Puck Drop: 5:00 p.m. EST | Amalie Arena | Tampa, FL TV: MSG, SUN | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Lightning Blog: Raw Charge Projected Buffalo Lines 9 Evander Kane -- 90 Ryan O'Reilly -- 12 Brian Gionta23 Sam Reinhart -- 15 Jack Eichel -- 63 Tyler Ennis70 Alexander Nylander -- 71 Evan Rodrigues -- 48 William Carrier26 Matt Moulson — 28 Zemgus Girgensons -- 44 Nicolas Deslauriers 77 Dmitry Kulikov — 55 Rasmus Ristolainen29 Jake McCabe — 47 Zach...
Sabres at Lightning Coverage: Game #82

Sabres at Lightning Coverage: Game #82

We’ve reached the final game of the season. Thank goodness. Game #82 Buffalo Sabres (33-36-12) at Tampa Bay Lightning (41-30-10) Puck Drop: 5:00 p.m. EST | Amalie Arena | Tampa, FL TV: MSG, SUN | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Lightning Blog: Raw Charge Two Questions 1. Will the Sabres give us anything to cheer for today, or a repeat performance of yesterday? In the first of their final two road games in Florida, the Sabres were blanked 3-0 by the also-out-of-it Panthers. Tonight, they face a Lightning team that just missed the playoffs in the finale, with Tampa Bay’s Fan Appreciation...
Recap: Sabres fall flat in Florida, lose 3-0

Recap: Sabres fall flat in Florida, lose 3-0

The Sabres were shutout in their second last game of the season. The Buffalo Sabres are ending their season with a weekend road trip in Florida, and if their first game last night is any indication, this season will be going out with a whimper rather than a bang. The Sabres couldn’t put any of their 30 shots past James Reimer, and Jonathan Huberdeau scored two goals as Florida snapped a six-game losing streak to take down the Sabres 3-0. After a scoreless first period, the Panthers opened things up on a shot that snuck through Robin Lehner’s short side which ended up being the game...
Sabres at Panthers Game Thread

Sabres at Panthers Game Thread

Come just us for the second-last time this season as the Sabres face the Panthers. Game #81 Buffalo Sabres (33-35-12) at Florida Panthers (33-36-11) Puck Drop: 7:00 p.m. EST | BB&T Center | Sunrise, FL TV: MSG, FS-F, NHL.tv | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Panthers Blog: Litter Box Cats Projected Buffalo Lines 9 Evander Kane -- 90 Ryan O'Reilly -- 12 Brian Gionta26 Matt Moulson -- 15 Jack Eichel -- 23 Sam Reinhart63 Tyler Ennis-- 71 Evan Rodrigues -- 70 Alexander Nylander28 Zemgus Girgensons -- 42 Sean Malone -- 44 Nicolas Deslauriers 77 Dmitry Kulikov — 55 Rasmus Ristolainen 41 Justin...
Sabres at Panthers Coverage: Game #81

Sabres at Panthers Coverage: Game #81

Another youngster makes their first start as the Sabres face the Panthers in the penultimate game of the season. Game #81 Buffalo Sabres (33-35-12) at Florida Panthers (33-36-11) Puck Drop: 7:00 p.m. EST | BB&T Center | Sunrise, FL TV: MSG, FS-F, NHL.tv | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Panthers Blog: Litter Box Cats Two Questions 1. How will Sean Malone look in his NHL debut? Drafted in Round Six of the 2013 NHL draft, Sean Malone makes his NHL debut tonight after playing for four years at Harvard. This season, Malone averaged over a point per game in the NCAA with 42 points in 36 games....
Kyle Okposo released from hospital

Kyle Okposo released from hospital

Okposo health has been “improving” and today he was released from Buffalo General. The mysterious injury that put Kyle Okposo in the Neurological ICU at Buffalo General Hospital has had his teammates and fans worried for Okposo’s health. Today, everyone got some good news: Okposo was released from the hospital, and reports are that his condition is improving. First reported by Tom Martin of WIVB News 4 and the Associated Press, Okposo’s relief comes as welcome news to his teammates. His condition had been described as “a cloud” hanging over the team as they practice yesterday....
Sabres assign Brendan Guhle to Rochester

Sabres assign Brendan Guhle to Rochester

The great blue line hope will finish his season with the Amerks. Brendan Guhle played a few games with the Buffalo Sabres earlier this season - and looked good doing it - but he’ll finish this season in Rochester. Guhle’s season with Prince George of the WHL came to an end earlier this week, and the Sabres officially announced today that they’ve assigned him to the Amerks. The ‘Merks also announced they’ve signed forward Alexandre Goulet to a PTO. Drafted in Round 2 of the 2015 draft, Guhle is the best defensive prospect the Sabres have in their system, and the only one with a...
Die By The Blade Apr 6, 2017
Sabres Links: O’Reilly frustrated, Gionta tries to groom next captain

Sabres Links: O’Reilly frustrated, Gionta tries to groom next captain

Who do you think the next captain of the Sabres will be? Sabres Links The Sabres defeated Montreal 2-1 on Fan Appreciation night [NHL.com] Kyle Okposo was in the Neuro Surgical ICU last night and will miss the rest of the season [Buffalo News] Ryan O’Reilly was very honest yesterday, discussing how frustrated he is with how the season went [Buffalo Hockey Beat] Brian Gionta is trying to groom the next Sabres captain [WGR 550] Harrington: How many Sabres will be back come next season? [Buffalo News] Dmitry Kulikov is one of the Russians who said they won’t go to the KHL to play in the...
Recap: Sabres win home finale 2-1

Recap: Sabres win home finale 2-1

Fan Appreciation Night was successfully appreciated by the fans at home. A few days after playing one of their worst home games of the season, the Buffalo Sabres gave their home fans a fine send-off to the season by beating the Montreal Canadiens by a score of 2-1 in the team’s home finale. On Fan Appreciation Night, Buffalo appeased the hometown crowd by opening the scoring in the first period, as Rasmus Ristolainen slammed home a shot from the point, with assists to Gorges and Eichel. The Sabres would score the next goal as well, with Tyler Ennis putting a sweet little tip past Carey...
Kyle Okposo hospitalized in ICU

Kyle Okposo hospitalized in ICU

Okposo will miss the rest of the season with an unknown ailment. The fact that Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo has missed the past few games with “an illness” is not concerning. The act that it was revealed today that he has been hospitalized and is in intensive care certainly is. WGR’s Paul Hamilton first reported today on the radio that Okposo had been admitted to the Neuro Surgical ICU at Buffalo General Hospital. Sabres coach Dan Bylsma did not reveal any sort of diagnosis or specifics to Okposo’s condition, but said that his situation was, “Very concerning.” The quotes...
Sabres vs. Canadiens Game Thread

Sabres vs. Canadiens Game Thread

Come tell us how Appreciated you feel as a Sabres Fan in tonight’s game thread. Game #80 Buffalo Sabres (32-35-12) vs. Montreal Canadiens (46-24-9) Puck Drop: 7:30 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, SN | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Canadiens Blog: Eyes on the Prize Projected Buffalo Lines 9 Evander Kane -- 90 Ryan O'Reilly -- 12 Brian Gionta82 Marcus Foligno -- 15 Jack Eichel -- 23 Sam Reinhart63 Tyler Ennis-- 71 Evan Rodrigues -- 70 Alexander Nylander44 Nicolas Deslauriers -- 28 Zemgus Girgensons -- 26 Matt Moulson 77 Dmitry Kulikov — 55 Rasmus Ristolainen 41 Justin...
2016-17 Game 80: Montreal Canadiens vs. Buffalo Sabres

2016-17 Game 80: Montreal Canadiens vs. Buffalo Sabres

This article was published as a workaround while the site is under development, and will be deleted shortly.For information on the game on Wednesday, April 5 between the Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres, please read our game preview, and follow along in our game thread.

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