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2015 NHL Central Scouting rankings sees McDavid, Eichel, Hanifin still at top

The release of Central Scouting's set of rankings for the upcoming draft means we get a whole new set of numbers to fight over. NHL Central Scouting has released their rankings for the 2015 draft, and as expected, Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel top the chart for North American skaters. As of right now, the Sabres will most likely hold one of the top two picks, and will be able to add a future superstar to their already impressive roster of prospects. However, Buffalo has two additional first rounders thanks to St. Louis and the New York Islanders, and while both picks will likely be late in...
Die By The Blade Jan 21, 2015

Sabres Links: McDavid still atop rankings, a look back on the '88 Sabres, Rinaldo's under fire

It's a bit of a quiet time for Sabres news while the team waits for the rest of the league to finish things off before the All-Star break. Sabres Links The '88-89 Sabres were featured in Grantland's "10 facts about a fun team" article yesterday [Grantland] Canisius is set to play Niagara tomorrow, and the News put together the top five moments from the local rivalry [Buffalo News] Around The League Not surprisingly, Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel remain at the top of Central Scouting's draft board [TSN] Zac Rinaldo's late hit on Kris Letang was at the center of a wild Penguins vs....

Sabres at Red Wings recap: Eleven and counting

The Sabres lost their eleventh straight game and found a fantastic new way to do it. It's truly amazing how the Buffalo Sabres continue to find new and interesting ways to lose hockey games. Their losing streak now stands at 11 after last night's 6-4 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. So how did they manage to do it last night? Buffalo jumped out to a three goal lead in the first period thanks to Drew Stafford, Tyler Ennis, and Chris Stewart (on the power play) and Sabres fans were thinking that this might be the one. Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn every now and then, right? But three...
Die By The Blade Jan 19, 2015

Sabres Links: McCormick done for the year, Varone running out of time, Amerks win in high-scoring affair

The only Sabre who will be playing in the coming days will be Zemgus Girgensons, allowing the rest of the team to try and regroup for the second half of the season. Sabres Links The Sabres lost their 11th straight vs. Detroit last night, their last game before the All-Star break [Sabres.com, Winging It In Motown] Ted Nolan said after the game that Cody McCormick is likely done for the season [Pro Hockey Talk] Goaltending certainly wasn't the highlight in the Americans 8-7 shootout win over Oklahoma City [Amerks.com] Phil Varone is running out of time to impress the Sabres [Buffalo Hockey...
Broad Street Hockey Jan 18, 2015

Flyers vs. Sabres by the numbers: An ugly win against the NHL's worst

Scoring chances for Saturday's 4-3 win over Buffalo. I don't think it's a stretch to call this one of the most underwhelming victories of the Flyers season. The Buffalo Sabres are one of the worst even strength teams in the last decade, let alone this year. And the Flyers were largely outplayed at 5v5. It look a stellar 2 for 3 night from the powerplay to help them keep pace. The guys in orange only mustered 7 even strength scoring chances TOTAL against arguably the worst defense in the NHL (30th in GA/G), and only 1 in an excruciatingly inept first period from both teams. Home/Away...

Sabres vs. Flyers recap: Ten in a row

The Sabres lost their tenth straight game last night, as the Flyers came back to earn a 4-3 win. The Buffalo Sabres have now lost ten hockey games in a row, and they've done it in quite a number of ways. There have been blowouts, snoozers, and a few games like last night, where the Sabres gave a solid effort, came close, and just couldn't find enough to seal the deal in the third period. Things started off well for Buffalo, and they actually scored the first goal courtesy of Zemgus Girgensons, and outshot the Flyers 8-7. This must be what good teams feel like!  But things quickly...

Sabres vs. Wild Complete Coverage: Game #45

The Sabres were completely demolished in an embarrassing loss to Minnesota. Game #45 Buffalo Sabres (14-27-3) vs.Minnesota Wild (18-19-5) Puck Drop: 7:00 pm EST | First Niagara Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, FS-N, FS-WI, Bell | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Wild Blog: Hockey Wilderness Three Questions 1. Both of these teams are mired in huge slumps. Will either of the take control of the game, or will this be an exercise in mutual futility? The Wild come in to tonight's matchup having lost four in a row, while the Sabres have lost their last eight. The Wild could get a spark tonight, as...

Sabres vs. Wild recap: Every time I think we've hit bottom...

The Sabres were absolutely demolished tonight by a team that many thought were almost as bad as Buffalo. It just keeps getting worse as the Wild by a laughable 7-0 score. The Buffalo Sabres lost their franchise record ninth straight game tonight, and boy did they do it in spectacular fashion. The Sabres lost to the Minnesota Wild, a team playing so poorly lately that many thought they could fire their coach if this game went sour, by the amazing score of 7-0. We'll start by saying that some of those goals were unfortunate deflections, but still. The Sabres lost 7-0 in an era where most...
Hockey Wilderness Jan 15, 2015

Recap: Dubnyk gets a shutout in debut as wild roll over Sabres 7-0

The losing streak is over folks! The Wild put the beat down on a Sabres squad that has been out of it all season. When you're feeling down, and your hockey team is in the dumps, just book a trip to Buffalo for a much needed pick-me-up game against the Sabres. The Wild came into tonight's game on a 6 game losing streak, with a coach on the ropes and a newly acquired netminder in Devan Dubnyk. The Buffalo Sabres were just what the doctor ordered for a team battling the losing bug. The Wild would get the game going early. They dominated in the shot department, and it lead to first period goals...
Hockey Wilderness Jan 15, 2015

Game 43: Minnesota Wild vs Buffalo Sabres

There's a new goalie in town. Tonight recently acquired Devan Dubnyk makes his debut start for the Wild as Minnesota is in Buffalo. Dubnyk caught a red-eye flight and made the pregame skate this morning and Mr. Russo told us that he'll indeed be between the pipes for the Wild tonight. The 6-5, 210 pound Dubnyk played five seasons in Edmonton before losing his starting job and being traded twice last season. After landing in Arizona, he worked with goaltending coach Sean Burke on getting his game back and by the looks of it he may have done just that. Dubnyk has never seen the Sabres in his...

Sabres vs. Wild preview: Two slumps enter, one slump leaves

Two teams that are a combined 3-15-2 in their last 20 games face off tonight in Buffalo, and the world will be watching. Game #45 Buffalo Sabres (14-27-3) vs.Minnesota Wild (18-19-5) Puck Drop: 7:00 pm EST | First Niagara Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, FS-N, FS-WI, Bell | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Wild Blog: Hockey Wilderness Three Questions 1. Both of these teams are mired in huge slumps. Will either of the take control of the game, or will this be an exercise in mutual futility? The Wild come in to tonight's matchup having lost four in a row, while the Sabres have lost their last...

Watch Dominik Hasek's number retirement ceremony, check out photos from last night

All the sights and sounds from a special night for Sabres fans. It was a special evening for Buffalo Sabres fans last night, as Dominik Hasek had his number 39 raised to the rafters - an honor long-deserved for the greatest goaltender in franchise history. The night featured a number of Hasek-centric events and items, highlighted by the Dominator's speech and his banner raising. In case you couldn't be there, couldn't watch it, or just want to relive the night, here are some of the highlights we've collected from around the web. Before the game, Mayor Byron Brown officially declared it...
Winging It In Motown Jan 14, 2015

Detroit Red Wings Game Analysis, After-Action Report for Tuesday Jan 13th: Detroit Red Wings 3 - Buffalo Sabres 1

The Red Wings traveled to Buffalo for a Tuesday night tilt against the Buffalo Sabres on the night that Dominik Hasek's #39 went to the rafters of the First Niagara center. Fittingly, a Czech goaltender who scares people when he wanders out of his crease got the victory in a 3-1 Detroit win. Box Score Here The refs gave the Wings twice as many power play opportunities as the Sabres, which ws deserved but kind of weird in the specific things that they decided to call. Detroit won the special teams battle handily, going 1/4 on the power play and also scoring a shorthanded goal in one of...

Sabres vs. Red Wings recap: Sabres can't channel Hasek's magic, lose 3-1

The Sabres set a new franchise record for futility with their eighth straight regulation loss on the same night they retired the number of on of their all-time greats. Tonight's game began with a look back at the 1990's, to an undermanned Buffalo Sabres team that worked hard but was constantly outshot, was coached by Ted Nolan to varying degrees of success, and managed to somehow gel together and become a great team based mostly on the strength of their all-world goaltender. Tonight's game ended with an undermanned, Ted Nolan-coached squad outshot and outscored by a superior Red Wings team....

Sabres vs. Red Wings preview: Hasek gets his number retired

The greatest goalie ever to play the game gets his number raised to the rafters tonight as the Sabres host the Red Wings. Game #44 Buffalo Sabres (14-26-3) atDetroit Red Wings (22-11-9) Puck Drop: 7:00 pm EST | First Niagara Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG, FS-D, SN1 | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Red Wings Blog: Winging It In Motown Three Questions 1. Let's be honest, tonight is all about Dominik Hasek. What will his number retirement ceremony look like? Tonight will be one of the most special nights of the year for Sabres fans, as one of the franchise's all-time greats will have his...

Buffalo Sabres vs. Detroit Red Wings: Game #44 Complete Coverage

Dominik Hasek gets his number 39 retired as the Red Wings come to town. Later this year, Dominik Hasek will take his rightful place in the pantheon of Sabres greats as the team announced today that Hasek will have his #39 jersey retired on January 13, when the Sabres fittingly host the Detroit Red Wings. Hasek was inducted into the Sabres Hall of Fame last season (also in a game versus Detroit) and will become the seventh member of the Sabres to have his jersey retired. While his time here ended controversially, there's no question that Hasek was one of the best, if not the best, to ever...
Die By The Blade Jan 11, 2015

Rochester recap: Barons find fortune in Rochester

Rochester comes up blank against Oklahoma City in Matt Hackett's first game back. I can’t seem to see the Amerks winning. I read about them winning. I see tweets about them winning. But I missed Friday’s game against Lake Erie and, subsequently, missed the win. What I didn't miss on Saturday night, however, was Matt Hackett’s season debut and boy, was that something to behold. "… But he told us where to stand." (Richard O’Brien, Science Fiction/Double Feature) No, that’s not sarcasm. I know sometimes it can be hard to tell with me, but I promise. Matt Hackett played like it...
Die By The Blade Jan 11, 2015

McCormick out "a while" with a blood clot

The Sabres grinder will be sitting out after discovery of a dangerous clot in his leg. Ted Nolan told the media this morning that forward Cody McCormick has been hospitalized with a blood clot in his calf. Nolan said that based on his hospitalization it's likely rather serious, and McCormick will be out "a while." This time of illness is rather unpredictable, and could likely lead to McCormick being out months. McCormick blocked a shot earlier this month, which could be the origin of the clot. Questions arose this morning at practice after Tim Murray pulled Ted Nolan away for a discussion....

Sabres at Lightning recap: Better effort, same result as Sabres lose 2-1

Another poor second period dooms the Sabres, but they gave the first-place Lightning a run for their money in a 2-1 loss. The Buffalo Sabres went in to last night's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning coming off of a string of blowouts. Having lost their last three games by a combined score of 15-4, facing the top team in the Eastern Conference, and having played the night before, the safe bet was to expect another blowout loss. While the shot and faceoff stats from last night suggest one team dominating the other, the Sabres rode a red-hot Michal Neuvirth as long as they could, and gave...

Sabres at Lightning Complete Coverage: Game #43

Worst takes on first as the Sabres travel to Tampa Bay. Game #43 Buffalo Sabres (14-25-3) atTampa Bay Lightning (26-12-4) Puck Drop: 7:30 pm EST | Amalie Arena | Tampa, FL TV: MSG, Sun | Radio: WGR 550 SB Nation Lightning Blog: Raw Charge Three Questions 1. Will this game be a bloodbath, or will the Sabres manage to keep it close, or even - gasp - win? The Lightning are the top team in the Eastern Conference, while the Sabres are 1-9-1 in their last 11 games and have fallen to 14th place in the East. This contest should be an easy win for Tampa, but that's why they play the games....

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