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Recap: Slow second period, bad penalties sink Sabres 4-2 in Tampa

Recap: Slow second period, bad penalties sink Sabres 4-2 in Tampa

The Sabres had a good start tonight, but ultimately fell to the Lightning. All season long, the Buffalo Sabres have been such a hard team to judge. Has the onslaught of injuries to key players derailed an otherwise promising team, or is this a team whose depth is too thin to overcome such injuries? Do they let in goals at unfortunate times because they have weak goaltenders or because they have a weak defense that can’t clear the puck? How many times has their penalty kill been this close to killing it off, only to have a bad bounce or pass sink them? Tonight was another example of the...
Sabres at Lightning Game Thread

Sabres at Lightning Game Thread

Come join us for some chatter, banter, or just for the angry GIFs as the Sabres take on the Lightning. Game #41 Buffalo Sabres (16-15-9) at Tampa Bay Lightning (19-19-4) Puck drop: 7:30 p.m. EST | Amalie Arena | Tampa Bay, FL TV: MSG, SUN | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Lightning Blog: Raw Charge Projected Buffalo Lines 48 William Carrier - 90 Ryan O’Reilly - 21 Kyle Okposo82 Marcus Foligno - 15 Jack Eichel - 12 Brian Gionta9 Evander Kane - 23 Sam Reinhart - 56 Justin Bailey44 Nicolas Deslauriers - 28 Zemgus Girgensons - 26 Matt Moulson 29 Jake McCabe - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen47 Zach...
Sabres at Lightning Coverage: Game #41

Sabres at Lightning Coverage: Game #41

Ben Bishop returns from injury as the Sabres travel down to Tampa. Game #41 Buffalo Sabres (16-15-9) at Tampa Bay Lightning (19-19-4) Puck drop: 7:30 p.m. EST | Amalie Arena | Tampa Bay, FL TV: MSG, SUN | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Lightning Blog: Raw Charge Three Questions 1. Will Jack and Sam play together again, and will Reinhart continue his hot streak? They didn’t start the last game together, but when we saw Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart on the same line during the second period, we saw just how dangerous these two can be when paired together. They’re slated once again to...
Sabres at Lightning Preview: Bishop returns

Sabres at Lightning Preview: Bishop returns

Ben Bishop returns from injury as the Sabres travel down to Tampa. Game #41 Buffalo Sabres (16-15-9) at Tampa Bay Lightning (19-19-4) Puck drop: 7:30 p.m. EST | Amalie Arena | Tampa Bay, FL TV: MSG, SUN | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Lightning Blog: Raw Charge Three Questions 1. Will Jack and Sam play together again, and will Reinhart continue his hot streak? They didn’t start the last game together, but when we saw Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart on the same line during the second period, we saw just how dangerous these two can be when paired together. They’re slated once again to start...
Die By The Blade Jan 12, 2017
Sabres Links: Predators claim Grant, O’Reilly wants to show Buffalo winner

Sabres Links: Predators claim Grant, O’Reilly wants to show Buffalo winner

Do you care at all about the Sabres losing Grant? Sabres Links Ryan O’Reilly hopes to show Buffalo a winning team [Buffalo News] The Predators claimed Derek Grant off waivers yesterday [Sportsnet] Buffalo’s goaltenders are taking care of business [Buffalo News] Kyle Okposo has impressed with his strong work ethic [Sabres.com] The Sabres are surging midway through the season [Buffalo Hockey Beat]
Die By The Blade Jan 11, 2017
Sabres Links: Okposo ready for All-Star spotlight, Girgensons finding confidence

Sabres Links: Okposo ready for All-Star spotlight, Girgensons finding confidence

Sabres Links Sam Reinhart notched a goal and two assists in the Sabres’ 4-1 victory against the Flyers [Sabres.com] Kyle Okposo, the Sabres lone representative for this year’s All-Star Game, is ready for his LA closeup [Buffalo News] Buffalo waived Derek Grant, who failed to score a goal this season [Buffalo News] Zemgus Girgensons is finding confidence and goals lately [Buffalo Hockey Beat] Hudson Fasching will be in the Americans lineup tonight after missing two months with a groin injury [Twitter] Here’s a nice photo of Jack Eichel and Reinhart riding horses to brighten your day...
Die By The Blade Jan 10, 2017
Big second period lifts Sabres to 4-1 victory against Flyers

Big second period lifts Sabres to 4-1 victory against Flyers

Sam Reinhart had a goal and two assists in the winning effort The Sabres used a dominant second period to defeat the Flyers 4-1 tonight, earning a point for the fourth straight game in a streak that started with the first game of 2017. Anders Nilsson made 39 saves playing in place of the ill Robin Lehner, earning the unfortunate Ryan Miller shutout when Brayden Schenn scored on a beautiful shot with two minutes remaining in the game. Nilsson continued to make a case for him getting more playing time. The Sabres scored their first three goals in the second, igniting after a forgettable first...
Die By The Blade Jan 10, 2017
Sabres vs. Flyers Game Thread

Sabres vs. Flyers Game Thread

Buffalo looks to continue a three-game point streak tonight at home Game #40 Buffalo Sabres (15-15-9) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (21-15-6) Puck Drop: 7 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG-B, CSN-Philly | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Flyers Blog: Broad Street Hockey Projected BUF Lines 82 Marcus Foligno - 15 Jack Eichel - Brian Gionta 48 William Carrier - 90 Ryan O’Reily - 21 Kyle Okposo 9 Evander Kane - 23 Sam Reinhart - 56 Justin Bailey 44 Nick Deslauriers - 28 Zemgus Girgensons - 26 Matt Moulson 29 Jake McCabe - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen 47 Zack Bogosian - 6 Cody Franson 41 Justin...
Die By The Blade Jan 10, 2017
Sabres waive Derek Grant

Sabres waive Derek Grant

The preseason phenom’s first run with the Sabres has come to an end The Sabres have reportedly put forward Derek Grant on waivers today. The 26 year old played 35 games for the Sabres, the most games he’s played in a season in his NHL career. He failed to find the net in the regular season despite outstanding play in the preseason, totaling only three assists this season. Grant has played 75 games in his career without scoring a goal. He should have a large impact on Rochester if he clears waivers, as he scored 27 goals and 45 points in 36 games with the Stockton Heat last season.
Die By The Blade Jan 10, 2017
Kyle Okposo heading to the All-Star Game

Kyle Okposo heading to the All-Star Game

He’s the Sabres only representative heading to Los Angeles Kyle Okposo will be the lone Sabres representative at the 2017 All-Star Game, which will be played Jan. 29 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Okposo has 12 goals and 27 points this season, leading the Sabres in both categories. He’ll be joined on the Atlantic Division team by Nikita Kucherov, Brad Marchand, Auston Matthews, Frans Nielsen, Vincent Trocheck, Victor Hedman, Erik Karlsson, Shea Weber, Carey Price and Tuukka Rask. You can see all of the rosters here.
Die By The Blade Jan 10, 2017
Sabres vs. Flyers Preview: Bylsma shakes up lines

Sabres vs. Flyers Preview: Bylsma shakes up lines

Buffalo is back in action looking to continue its 2017 hot streak Game #40 Buffalo Sabres (15-15-9) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (21-15-6) Puck Drop: 7 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG-B, CSN-Philly | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Flyers Blog: Broad Street Hockey Two Questions 1. Can the Sabres continue their point streak? Buffalo has notched a point in the last three games, every one so far in 2017. Will a strong year for the Sabres continue tonight? 2. Will the missing Sabres see the ice? There were a few players missing from the morning skate today: Dmitry Kulikov, Josh Gorges and...
Die By The Blade Jan 9, 2017
Sabres Links: Laine has a concussion, Sabres finding identity

Sabres Links: Laine has a concussion, Sabres finding identity

Laine is out for an indefinite amount of time as he recovers Sabres Links The Sabres are finding an identity, and it’s still too early to make a call on who won the trade with Winnipeg [Buffalo News] Patrik Laine is out indefinitely with a concussion after the hit from Jake McCabe [TSN] Jets coach Paul Maurice said the hit wasn’t dirty [Winnipeg Free Press] Rasmus Ristolainen is turning the corner when it comes to fantasy [Sportsnet] Around The League Jonathan Toews had to wear a U.S. jersey after losing a bet with Patrick Kane [Sportsnet]
Die By The Blade Jan 8, 2017
Grading the Buffalo Sabres - Week ending 1/8/17

Grading the Buffalo Sabres - Week ending 1/8/17

Vote in the player grades polls for this last week Your Three Stars from last week: Jack Eichel, Rasmus Ristolainen and Evander Kane. The Three Goats are Dan Byslma, Nicolas Deslauriers and Derek Grant. Here is the LINK to the spreadsheet with all this season’s results. The Buffalo Sabres bounced back from the double disappointment at the hands of bitter division rivals Boston by putting together two wins and an overtime loss. Two of the games were challenging trips to New York and Chicago, and the Sabres returned home with three points from that journey. So far 2017 has been quite...
Recap: Sabres mount crazy comeback, beat Jets 4-3, Laine injured

Recap: Sabres mount crazy comeback, beat Jets 4-3, Laine injured

A phenomenal third period gave the Sabres a fun, come-from-behind win against Winnipeg. If you were watching the game - or Twitter - after two periods, you would have thought the Sabres had laid yet another egg at home against the Winnipeg Jets. But if you watched the third period, you saw the Sabres mount an incredible comeback, sending the Jets home with a 4-3 loss, and without one of their best players. Buffalo started the game like they did the last two, coming out like a house afire. Unfortunately, thanks to a complete team brainfart, they gave up the first goal. Zemgus Girgensons went...
Sabres vs. Jets Game Thread

Sabres vs. Jets Game Thread

Come join us as the Sabres look to play poor hosts to the Winnipeg Jets. Game #39 Buffalo Sabres (14-15-9) vs. Winnipeg Jets (19-19-3) Puck drop: 1:00 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG-B | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Jets Blog: Arctic Ice Hockey Projected BUF Lines 82 Marcus Foligno - 15 Jack Eichel - 21 Kyle Okposo 9 Evander Kane - 23 Sam Reinhart - 56 Justin Bailey27 Derek Grant - 90 Ryan O’Reilly - 12 Brian Gionta44 Nicolas Deslauriers - 28 Zemgus Girgensons - 26 Matt Moulson 29 Jake McCabe - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen4 Josh Gorges - 47 Zach Bogosian41 Justin Falk - 6 Cody...
Sabres vs. Jets Coverage: Game #39

Sabres vs. Jets Coverage: Game #39

Buffalo looks to continue its point streak against a Winnipeg team fighting for the playoffs. Game #39 Buffalo Sabres (14-15-9) vs. Winnipeg Jets (19-19-3) Puck drop: 1:00 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG-B | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Jets Blog: Arctic Ice Hockey Three Questions 1. Can Jack Eichel channel his frustration? Even with the Sabres getting three out of a possible four points against the Rangers and Chicago, Eichel wasn’t pleased with the final result when he talked to the media due to the collapse against the Blackhawks. "I think that’s the problem,"...
Die By The Blade Jan 7, 2017
Sabres vs. Jets Preview: Some Saturday afternoon hockey

Sabres vs. Jets Preview: Some Saturday afternoon hockey

Buffalo looks to continue its point streak against a Winnipeg team fighting for the playoffs Game #39 Buffalo Sabres (14-15-9) vs. Winnipeg Jets (19-19-3) Puck drop: 1:00 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG-B | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation’s Jets Blog: Arctic Ice Hockey Three Questions 1. Can Jack Eichel channel his frustration? Even with the Sabres getting three out of a possible four points against the Rangers and Chicago, Eichel wasn’t pleased with the final result when he talked to the media due to the collapse against the Blackhawks. “I think that’s the problem,”...
Die By The Blade Jan 7, 2017
Sabres Links: Nilsson impressive, penalty kill struggling

Sabres Links: Nilsson impressive, penalty kill struggling

Is Nilsson pushing Lehner for the starting goalie spot? Sabres Links The Sabres are finding success on the power play but frustration on the penalty kill [Buffalo News] Anders Nilsson impresses in limited role [Buffalo Hockey Beat] The Sabres’ Americans celebrated the World Junior Championship [Buffalo News] Rochester beat Syracuse in a shootout [Amerks.com]
Die By The Blade Jan 6, 2017
Sabres Links: Fitzgerald and U.S. win gold, Ullmark and Schneider head to All-Star Game

Sabres Links: Fitzgerald and U.S. win gold, Ullmark and Schneider head to All-Star Game

The U.S. is the first team to ever defeat Canada twice in a World Junior tournament Sabres Links The Sabres blew a late lead to lose to the Blackhawks in overtime [Sabres.com] Marcus Foligno was impressed by his brother and the Blue Jackets win streak, while Linus Ullmark and Cole Schneider were selected to the AHL All-Star Game [Buffalo News] Casey Fitzgerald and the U.S. defeated Canada to win gold at the World Juniors [TSN] Alex Nylander was voted to the tournament’s All-Star team [Twitter] Around The League The Capitals ended the Blue Jackets win streak at 16 games [TSN]
Recap: Sabres fall in overtime to Blackhawks 4-3

Recap: Sabres fall in overtime to Blackhawks 4-3

The Sabres lost in overtime yet again. The Pegula family has petitioned the hockey world for many things - for the draft, for the combine, for the World Juniors, for the first overall pick - that one didn’t go so well. At some point this season, they may want to petition the NHL to get rid of overtime, seeing as how they can’t seem to win a game that goes past 60 minutes. It was a shame too, because the Sabres got away with a poor start tonight. They were outshot 20-6 in the first period, but managed to end the first stanza tied 1-1 thanks to Marcus Foligno, who scored his sixth of the...

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