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It's official: Buffalo will host the 2016 NHL Draft

Commissioner Gary Bettman made the official proclamation today in the bowels of the First Niagara Center. The reports from late last week have been made official, as NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has announced today that the city of Buffalo will host the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Bettman also implied that the Buffalo Sabres will be in the running for future outdoor games, after hosting the original Winter Classic in 2008. For the Sabres' part, team president Ted Black said that he plans to bid on a future All-Star Game to come to Buffalo. The construction of the HARBORCENTER complex, as well...
Die By The Blade Oct 13, 2014

Buffalo Sabres vs. Anaheim Ducks Game Thread

Since you're hear talking about the game with us, it means you probably didn't get one of the free One Buffalo t-shirts.That's too bad. Everyone likes free t-shirts. Game #3 Buffalo Sabres (0-2-0) vs. Anaheim Ducks (1-1-0) Puck Drop: 3:00 pm EST | First Niagara Center | Buffalo, NYTV: MSG, Bell-TV | Radio: WGR 550SB Nation Anaheim Ducks Blog: Anaheim Calling Buffalo lines Moulson - Ennis - Stafford Hodgson - Girgensons - Gionta Foligno - Reinhart - Stewart Deslauriers- McCormick - Mitchell Gorges - Myers Benoit - Strachan Ristolainen - Weber Goal: Michal Neuvirth Let's Go Buffalo!
Canes Country Oct 13, 2014

Number To Know — Oct. 13, 2014

Today’s Number To Know shows that the Buffalo Sabres are off to an even rougher start than Carolina. Number To Know -21 — Buffalo’s average shot differential through two games. The Sabres rank last in the NHL in both shots for (22.5) and shots against (43.5) after the season’s first weekend.That's not new territory for the Sabres: they were last in the league in shots for last season (26.3) and 28th in shots allowed (34.3). Comparatively, Carolina is averaging 24 shots for (28th) and 28.5 shots against (T-16th) through two games, good for 22nd in shot differential.
Die By The Blade Oct 13, 2014
Buffalo Sabres vs. Anaheim Ducks preview: Monday afternoon hockey

Buffalo Sabres vs. Anaheim Ducks preview: Monday afternoon hockey

It's Columbus Day, meaning that the Sabres have afternoon hockey despite many still having to work. Game #3 Buffalo Sabres (0-2-0) vs. Anaheim Ducks (1-1-0) Puck Drop: 3:00 pm EST | First Niagara Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, Bell-TV | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Anaheim Ducks Blog: Anaheim Calling Three Questions 1. How will Tyson Scrachan look in his first game as a Sabre? Scrachan moves into the lineup in place of Andrej Meszaros, who didn't have the best game against Chicago on Saturday. Will Scrachan be any better, or will he prove that he belongs in Rochester once Mark Pysyk and Jake...
Die By The Blade Oct 12, 2014
Amerks vs. Bulldogs recap: Second verse, worst than the first

Amerks vs. Bulldogs recap: Second verse, worst than the first

The Amerks didn't fare nearly as well in their second outing, a matchup against the fresher, faster Hamilton Bulldogs. What went wrong tonight? Well. That depends on who you ask. The simple answer is that the Bulldogs scored more goals than the Amerks did. The simple answer is that the Amerks were coming on the bad side of back to back games, and the Bulldogs weren't. The simple answer, again, really depends on who you ask. "Don't you worry now: It's all about to change." (Hayden Calnin, Summer) If you ask Drew Bagnall, he would tell you that the team went into a defensive shell and that,...
Die By The Blade Oct 12, 2014

Sabres vs. Blackhawks Recap: Four Third Period Chicago Goals Leads To Runaway Victory

The Chicago Blackhawks scored four times in the third period to give themselves a 6-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Both Andrew Shaw and Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist while Brandon Saad finished the night with three assists. The Buffalo Sabres went into the United Center seen as severe underdogs against a Cup contending team that was having their home opener. For forty minutes, they seemed like they were going to get enough bounces to be able to hang with Chicago as well. But, the final twenty minutes proved deadly as Chicago poured on four goals on their way to a 6-2 victory on...
Second City Hockey Oct 11, 2014

Blackhawks vs. Sabres game thread: Part 3

A busy second period didn't lead to any scoring and it's still 2-2 entering the third period at the United Center. Here's your thread for the third period and beyond. Both teams had some opportunities in the second period but it remains 2-2 between the Blackhawks and Sabres with 20 minutes in regulation. Buffalo goalie Jhonas Enroth has found some rhythm after a cold start and is now 26-of-28 overall against Chicago shot attempts through two periods. If there's one thing that been strikingly apparent the past hour or so, it's the struggles of David Rundblad, so we'll see how much playing...
Second City Hockey Oct 11, 2014

Blackhawks vs. Sabres: Madhouse on Madison hosts home opener Saturday night

Buffalo makes a visit to the United Center on Saturday night as the Blackhawks kick off their home schedule for the 2014-15 season. The Chicago Blackhawks head home to the friendly confines of the United Center on Saturday night for their home opener against the Buffalo Sabres. The Madhouse on Madison should be absolutely bumping for the big game, and I think it's fair to say we're all excited for the sweet, sweet return of hockey to Chicago. Coming off an underwhelming 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars in the season opener on Thursday, the Blackhawks are looking to rebound with a stronger...

Sabres at Blackhawks Complete Coverage: Game #2

The Sabres travel to The Windy City to face the Blackhawks in Chicago's home opener. Game #2 Buffalo Sabres (0-1-0) at Chicago Blackhawks (1-0-0) Puck Drop - 8:30pm EST | United Center | Chicago, ILTV - MSG, Bell-TV, CSN-CH | Radio - WGR 550 - AMSB Nation Blackhawks Blog - Second City Hockey Three Questions 1. How will the center swap work out?The Sabres swapped second and third line centers, as Zemgus Girgensons will play between Hodgson and Gionta, while Sam Reinhart moves down to work with Foligno and Stewart. In the opener, Girgensons' line was the best on the ice, wreaking havok...
Sabres at Blackhawks Preview: Buffalo tries to bounce back in Chicago

Sabres at Blackhawks Preview: Buffalo tries to bounce back in Chicago

After a loss in their season opener, the Sabres travel to Chicago to take on the powerhouse Blackhawks. Game #2 Buffalo Sabres (0-1-0) at Chicago Blackhawks (1-0-0) Puck Drop - 8:30pm EST | United Center | Chicago, ILTV - MSG, Bell-TV, CSN-CH | Radio - WGR 550 - AMSB Nation Blackhawks Blog - Second City Hockey Three Questions 1. How will the center swap work out?The Sabres swapped second and third line centers, as Zemgus Girgensons will play between Hodgson and Gionta, while Sam Reinhart moves down to work with Foligno and Stewart. In the opener, Girgensons' line was the best on the...
Second City Hockey Oct 11, 2014
Blackhawks vs. Sabres game preview 2014: Buffalo visits Madhouse on Madison for home opener

Blackhawks vs. Sabres game preview 2014: Buffalo visits Madhouse on Madison for home opener

The Blackhawks return to the United Center on Saturday night for their 2014-15 home opener against the Sabres. Can the boys stay unbeaten? The Chicago Blackhawks head home to the friendly confines of the United Center on Saturday night for their home opener against the Buffalo Sabres. The Madhouse on Madison should be absolutely bumping for the big game, and I think it's fair to say we're all excited for the sweet, sweet return of hockey to Chicago. Coming off an underwhelming 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars in the season opener on Thursday, the Blackhawks are looking to rebound with a...
Die By The Blade Oct 11, 2014

Amerks beat Flames 6-1, victory overshadowed by violence

Joel Armia scored on a nasty penalty shot and the Amerks netted six goals, but Trevor Gillies pounding William Carrier's head into the ice is, sadly, the lasting impact of the Amerks 2014-15 home opener. Amerks Coach Chadd Cassidy had only one thing to say about Adirondack Flames "forward" Trevor Gillies' actions against Rochester's William Carrier Friday night: "If there's room for that in hockey, I'm not sure I want to coach anymore." "The whole world's sitting on a ticking bomb ... and it's about to explode." (Aloe Blacc, Ticking Bomb) This will not be yet another internet diatribe...
Die By The Blade Oct 10, 2014

Report: Sabres to host 2017 NHL All-Star Game

The annual gathering of the league's best is the latest event to come to Buffalo. The Sabres will reportedly host the 2017 All-Star game according to James Fink of Business First. Buffalo hasn't hosted the game since 1978. Gary Bettman will reportedly be in the city on Monday as part of the announcement. More to come.
Sabres trade rumors: Detroit interested in Myers?

Sabres trade rumors: Detroit interested in Myers?

It's never to early to start speculating about possible trades, especially for a team in Buffalo's position. We're only one game into the 2014-15 season, but there's already some serious trade rumors swirling around the Buffalo Sabres. On last night's Insider Trading segment on TSN, ace reporters Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger reported that Tyler Myers name is (quietly) on the trading block, and that the Detroit Red Wings have expressed interested in the big blueliner. They also mentioned that Sabres GM Tim Murray might be interested in acting early on a few of his impending unrestricted...

Sabres vs. Blue Jackets recap: Meet the new Sabres, same as the old Sabres

Do you remember last year? Because this game was very similar to that. Stop me if you've heard this one before. The Buffalo Sabres opened their season tonight against Columbus with an eye on improvement after an awful campaign in 2013-14. However, they were outgunned, outshot, and outscored 3-1 by the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight, and the only thing keeping it that close were the mostly stellar play of their goaltender, who made a few fantastic saves that stymied the opponent's numerious odd-man rushes. Sound familiar? It should, because that was the storyline for the Sabres last season,...

Buffalo Sabres vs. Columbus Blue Jackets: Previews and notes for the season opener

The next Buffalo Sabres season gets underway tonight, as the Sabres host the Blue Jackets. Here's all the news and notes you need to get ready for tonight's game. Game #1! Buffalo Sabres (0-0-0) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (0-0-0) Puck Drop - 7:00pm EST | First Niagara Center | Buffalo, NYTV - MSG, Bell-TV | Radio - WGR 550 - AMSB Nation Blue Jackets Blog - The Cannon Three Questions 1. Hockey!That's not a question. Hockey?Yes, it's back! But let's go with a real question here. How will #2 pick Sam Reinhart look in his NHL debut?Reinhart had a fairly quiet preseason, but now things will...

Buffalo Sabres vs. Columbus Blue Jackets preview: The season begins

The 2014-15 Sabres hockey season gets underway tonight at home against the Blue Jackets. Hockey is back, people! Game #1! Buffalo Sabres (0-0-0) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (0-0-0) Puck Drop - 7:00pm EST | First Niagara Center | Buffalo, NYTV - MSG, Bell-TV | Radio - WGR 550 - AMSB Nation Blue Jackets Blog - The Cannon Three Questions 1. Hockey!That's not a question. Hockey?Yes, it's back! But let's go with a real question here. How will #2 pick Sam Reinhart look in his NHL debut?Reinhart had a fairly quiet preseason, but now things will ramp up another notch, both for the young center...
Buffalo Sabres season preview: How much better will the Sabres be this year?

Buffalo Sabres season preview: How much better will the Sabres be this year?

With a number of key additions this year, it's virtually impossible for the Sabres to finish with a worse record than they did last year. But just how much better should we expect them to be? Last year, the Buffalo Sabres trotted out one of the worst teams the NHL has seen this decade. They had a historically bad offense, their defense was combination of disappointments and guys who checked out in December, they traded away their franchise forward and goalie, fired a coach, and their front office was a mess with both Pat LaFontaine and Darcy Regier leaving to various degrees of...
Die By The Blade Oct 8, 2014

The return of the DBTB Picks Game - TANK WARS

Also known as the "What Would You Rather Be Doing Than Watching The Buffalo Sabres Play" game. For those of you who have been here long enough, you'll know we usually have a couple of picks games we play during the season, where you pick winners to Buffalo Sabres games, as well as over-under's on a bunch of categories. Managing that spreadsheet does tend to become a burden when the games start coming thick and fast, so I'll have to come up with something new on that front, but until then we'll just use the comments section here. The previous iteration of this game was called the Buffalo...

Die By The Blade Primer: How to use this website and what we're all about

Over the past 18 months, DBTB has more than doubled our number of users that visit the site. Today we offer a refresher course for newbies and veterans alike, letting you know how to take advantage of the SB Nation platform, and letting you know what our site is all about. The 2014-15 NHL season is just a few days away, and a new year for the Buffalo Sabres has brought with it many new users to our humble site - we've doubled our user base in the past 18 months alone. Today, we're posting our annual guide to using and enjoying Die By The Blade, with our mission statement, a few simple...

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