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Die By The Blade Feb 24, 2015

Sabres at Blue Jackets Complete Coverage

The Sabres face a third-string goalie for the second time in three games. Game #61 Buffalo Sabres (17-38-5) atColumbus Blue Jackets (26-28-4) Puck Drop: 7:00 pm EST | Nationwide Arena | Columbus, OH TV: MSG, Bell, FS-O | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Blue Jackets Blog: The Cannon Two Questions 1. Will Zadorov return to the lineup, or have to wait? The young defenseman came out with a nice apology for his suspension, but Ted Nolan said he was happy with how his defenders played against Nashville. Will Zadorov return to his pairing with Rasmus Ristolainen, or will Nolan stick with the...

Sabres at Blue Jackets preview: Will Zadorov return?

The Sabres travel to Columbus, but which young defensemen will be in the lineup tonight? Game #61 Buffalo Sabres (17-38-5) atColumbus Blue Jackets (26-28-4) Puck Drop: 7:00 pm EST | Nationwide Arena | Columbus, OH TV: MSG, Bell, FS-O | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Blue Jackets Blog: The Cannon Two Questions 1. Will Zadorov return to the lineup, or have to wait? The young defenseman came out with a nice apology for his suspension, but Ted Nolan said he was happy with how his defenders played against Nashville. Will Zadorov return to his pairing with Rasmus Ristolainen, or will Nolan...
Die By The Blade Feb 24, 2015

Sabres Links: Zadorov apologizes, McCabe's work earned him a call-up, Jackets shopping Wisniewski

Zadorov has had a weird season for the Sabres thus far. Are you worried about his breaking team rules? Sabres Links The Sabres are frustrated that Nikita Zadorov is often late, and he apologized at practice yesterday [Buffalo News] Coller: Process in Rochester earned Jake McCabe a return to Buffalo [WGR 550] Buffalo's last game against Nashville brought back great memories for Predators assistant and former Sabre Phil Housley [Predators.com] Around The League David Krejci is out 4-6 weeks with an MCL tear [Boston Globe] The Blue Jackets are shopping James Wisniewski ahead of next...

Sabres praised for usage of analytics

In a recent study of all 121 major sports teams, by ESPN.com, the Sabres were praised for their employment of analytics in their practices and drafting process. Analytics has been the hot topic in sports for the past few years, with hockey slowly adopting the type of advanced stats that have been around in other sports like baseball for years. The ever popular Shots Attempted (née Corsi) has been the spearhead of this new movement, but teams have also begun doing more futuristic things like tracking player biometrics during practices to give themselves a better understanding of how to use...

Sabres vs. Predators recap: Another classic Sabres game means an overtime loss

The Sabres were thoroughly outclassed by the Predators but still managed to come away with a loser point. For a few moments it seemed like the Buffalo Sabres might actually do the impossible. The worst team in the NHL was playing the best team in the NHL and it looked like the worst team was going to escape with a win despite being outclassed in every way except in net. The Buffalo Sabres went into the final five minutes of last night's game with a slim 1-0 lead, and it took a Nashville power play goal to tie things up and send the game to overtime, where the Preds would eventually win. The...
Die By The Blade Feb 23, 2015

Sabres Links: Miller injured, Zadorov suspended, Petersen makes 44 saves in win

The Sabres likely will need to delay their tribute to Ryan Miller, or just play it anyways, if he doesn't start against Buffalo. Sabres Links The Predators came back from behind to beat the Sabres in a shootout [Sabres.com, On The Forecheck] Nikita Zadorov was benched for violating team rules yesterday, so the Sabres called up Jake McCabe and Mark Pysyk [Buffalo Hockey Beat] Evander Kane looking for a fresh start with the Sabres [Buffalo News] Prospect Report: Cal Petersen made 44 saves in Notre Dame's victory over Jack Eichel and the Boston Terriers [Sabres Prospects] Around The...
On the Forecheck Feb 22, 2015

Nashville Predators 2, Buffalo Sabres 1(SO): Ribs Ties It, Fil Wins It

The Preds stage a late 3rd period rally to get it to overtime, then Forsberg seals the win with yet another highlight reel goal. The Predators went to North America's worst city to play North America's worst hockey team and got the win. Barely. In a game that they absolutely dominated, the Predators needed a late 3rd period goal and another solid shootout effort to come away with 2 points over Buffalo. Tyler Ennis scored for the Sabres and Mike Ribeiro did so for the Predators. Michal Neuvirth was solid in net for the Sabres. Not many spectacular saves (the one on Santorelli was...

Sabres vs. Predators Complete Coverage: Game #60

A tired and injured Sabres team has to take on the best in the NHL tonight as they face the Predators. Game #60 Buffalo Sabres (17-38-4) vs.Nashville Predators (39-13-7) Puck Drop: 6:00 pm EST | First Niagara Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, Bell, CSN | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Predators Blog: On the Forecheck Three Questions 1. Who's playing defense tonight? Gorges - injured. Weber - injured. Strachan - sick. Zadorov - suspended. That leaves Zach Bogosian, Andrej Meszaros, Andre Benoit, and Rasmus Ristolainen to get paired with two call ups. My guess at the time of this writing would...

Sabres vs. Predators preview: Who's playing defense?

The Sabers blue line is in shambles, but they'll have to scrape something together to face the Predators tonight. Game #60 Buffalo Sabres (17-38-4) vs.Nashville Predators (39-13-7) Puck Drop: 6:00 pm EST | First Niagara Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, Bell, CSN | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Predators Blog: On the Forecheck Three Questions 1. Who's playing defense tonight? Gorges - injured. Weber - injured. Strachan - sick. Zadorov - suspended. That leaves Zach Bogosian, Andrej Meszaros, Andre Benoit, and Rasmus Ristolainen to get paired with two call ups. My guess at the time of this...
On the Forecheck Feb 22, 2015

Nashville Predators @ Buffalo Sabres Preview: Rebounding In Buffalo

The Predators were able to get out of Philly with a point, but they look to get back to winning ways with a visit to Buffalo. It has been a rough week for the Preds as they are coming off yet another loss, and playing sloppy in the last two games. Timing and scheduling is everything though, and with that comes a trip to the last place Sabres. Let's not waste anytime and get right into this preview. The Buffalo Sabres More from our team sites Buffalo Sabres blog Die By The Blade There isn't much to say about the Sabres this year. They are at the bottom of the league in almost...

Josh Gorges done for the season, Zadorov suspended again

One of Buffalo's most reliable defensemen is having season-ending surgery, while one of their most promising youngsters has been suspended for the second time this season. The Sabres defense has recently been ravaged by trades and injury, and today we officially found out that one of their top players will be out for the rest of the season. Gorges is having lower body surgery and is done for the season. Two defensemen will be recalled from Rochester for tonight. — Paul Hamilton (@pham1717) February 22, 2015 Josh Gorges has played on the top pairing all of this season, has serves as...
Die By The Blade Feb 21, 2015

Sabres Links: Kane arrives in Buffalo, Gorges could be done for the season, Reinhart hits 300 points

Evander Kane has arrived in Buffalo, and the Sabres will have a press conference to introduce him today. Sabres Links Mackenzie Skapski shut the door on the Sabres, as the Rangers beat Buffalo 3-1 [Sabres.com, Blue Shirt Banter] Evander Kane has finally arrived in Buffalo, and he talked to Dan Dunleavy last night [Sabres.com] Josh Gorges may be done for the year [Buffalo News] There have reportedly been no contract talks between the Sabres and Michal Neuvirth [Pro Hockey Talk] Andre Benoit is starting to play big minutes [Buffalo Hockey Beat] Sam Reinhart became the first Kootenay player...
Blueshirt Banter Feb 20, 2015

Rangers vs. Sabres Recap: Skapski Earns First Career Win as Rangers Defeat Sabres 3-1

The New York Rangers defeated the Buffalo Sabres tonight by a score of 3-1, and Mackenzie Skapski earned his first career NHL win. After a disappointing shootout loss against the Vancouver Canucks, the New York Rangers responded tonight with a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Along with the two points, Mackenzie Skapski also earned his first career NHL win in the first start of his young professional career. Rick Nash was credited with the game-winning goal tonight, and he notched his 37th goal of the season. Prior to tonight's game, the Rangers mentioned on the MSG broadcast how they...
Blueshirt Banter Feb 20, 2015

Rangers vs. Sabres Preview: Mackenzie Skapski Will Make His NHL Debut Tonight

Mackenzie Skapski will make his NHL debut tonight against the Buffalo Sabres. The New York Rangers will pass the torch over to Mackenzie Skapski for at least one night, as the 20-year old rookie is expected to make his first NHL start tonight against the Buffalo Sabres. Since being recalled from the Hartford Wolfpack over two weeks ago, Skapski has been serving as the regular backup behind Cam Talbot. With Talbot starting last night in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks, the Rangers elected to start Skapski tonight, given that it was the second game of a back-to-back. The Rangers...

Sabres at Flyers recap: Sabres get shootout win

Brian Flynn sealed the deal with his shootout winner to give the Sabres their first victory in the past five games. The Buffalo Sabres have been keeping games close recently, but haven't managed to seal the deal. Last night, that changed thanks to Brian Flynn's shootout winner and Michal Neuvirth's 36 saves. Flynn's goal was a move he "works on a lot", he said after the game. His sweet dipsy-doodle past Ray Emery gave the Sabres their first win in five tries, and their third point out of their last four. After a first period that ended tied 1-1, the second period began with a bang as Brian...

Sabres at Flyers Game Thread

Can the Sabres win an impossible three games in the month of February? They'll try again tonight against the Flyers. Game #58 Buffalo Sabres (16-37-4) vs.Philadelphia Flyers (24-23-10) Puck Drop: 8:00 pm EST | Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA TV: MSG, Bell, CSN | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Flyers Blog: Broad Street Hockey Projected BUF lines Stewart - Girgensons - EnnisMoulson - Mitchell - GiontaFoligno - Flynn - DeslauriersLarsson - Ellis - Hodgson Benoit - BogosianZadorov - RistolainenWeber - Meszaros Goal: Michal Neuvirth Let's go, Buffalo!

Sabres at Flyers Complete Coverage: Game #58

The Sabres look to get back to their winning (?) ways as they take on the Flyers. Game #58 Buffalo Sabres (16-37-4) vs.Philadelphia Flyers (24-23-10) Puck Drop: 8:00 pm EST | Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA TV: MSG, Bell, CSN | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Flyers Blog: Broad Street Hockey Three Questions 1. Which power play will help their team more tonight? The Flyers have the fourth best power play in the NHL, but the third worst penalty kill. Of course, the Sabres are dead last in both categories, but can they take advantage of the poor Philly PK? 2. Can the Sabres shut down...

Sabres at Flyers preview: Five close games, one point

The Sabres have kept it close recently, but don't have much to show for it. Can they finally win one tonight in Philadelphia? Game #58 Buffalo Sabres (16-37-4) vs.Philadelphia Flyers (24-23-10) Puck Drop: 8:00 pm EST | Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA TV: MSG, Bell, CSN | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Flyers Blog: Broad Street Hockey Three Questions 1. Which power play will help their team more tonight? The Flyers have the fourth best power play in the NHL, but the third worst penalty kill. Of course, the Sabres are dead last in both categories, but can they take advantage of the...

Who is the current face of the Buffalo Sabres?

With the departure of Drew Stafford, the last vestiges of the old Sabres are gone. For years and years of mediocre hockey, the Buffalo Sabres were defined by a core of players whose defining trait was that they simply were here for a long time. Ryan Miller, Thomas Vanek, and Jason Pominville were some of the headliners, guys who played well but never quite well enough. They were the source of many an argument both in the comments on this site and at the local watering hole. They were, for all intents and purposes, the faces of the franchise. But with the departure of Drew Stafford and Tyler...

Sabres at Devils recap: Shootout loss

The Sabres earned a loser point, falling in the shootout to the Devils 2-1. The Buffalo Sabres are slowly moving up the NHL food chain, going from horrible losses to close losses to shootout losses, as they fell to the New Jersey Devils in the skills competition 2-1. The Sabres were down early thanks to a Patrick Elias goal that would stand until midway through the third period, when Tyler Ennis would tie things up. However, the Sabres shootout magic seemed to have vanished with the departure of Jhonas Enroth, as Michal Neuvirth couldn't make a save and none of the Sabres could find the...

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