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John Vogl

This is my 15th season writing about the Sabres for The Buffalo News.


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The appeal of behind-the-scenes shows like "Road to the Winter Classic" is fans get a look at athletes' lives. The grimaces are front and center. The fun pops off the screen and into the viewers' living rooms. There are a lot more grimaces than fun in Buffalo as filming of the series gets underway. It's not the ideal time to put recording devices near the Buffalo Sabres…

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There might be a magical scoring line in the Sabres' dressing room. There might not be. Phil Housley will keep trying to find it. The Buffalo coach again switched his lines at practice Wednesday. The Sabres have been shut out in two straight games and rank last in the NHL in scoring, so Housley will shuffle until something clicks. "When you're not winning, you're …

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Phil Housley was talking about dirty goals, about guys getting to the net and creating screens and havoc. "When's the last time we got one of those?" the Buffalo Sabres coach said in a mocking tone. Housley's question was rhetorical, but there is a real answer. It's not pretty. The Sabres have played 233 minutes, 5 seconds of hockey since their last dirty goal. Ja…

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It hasn't been hard to put up good numbers against the Buffalo Sabres in recent years. Tampa Bay is taking it to a different level. The Lightning left KeyBank Center with a 2-0 victory Tuesday, continuing their astounding stretch of success. Tampa is 15-2-1 against the Sabres in the last 18 games, and on an 11-2-1 run in Buffalo. The Sabres continue to run in the opp…

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One of the benefits to playing in the Winter Classic is being part of an NHL documentary series. The shows featuring the Buffalo Sabres will be easily accessible. The NHL's "Road to the Winter Classic" is moving to NBCSN. The behind-the-scenes series was on HBO for its first three seasons and EPIX the last three seasons. ESPN first reported the move of the show, which i…

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As weary Buffalo Sabres fans settle in for the 25th game of the season, they can take solace in the fact this isn't the worst start in franchise history. It's awfully close, though. The Sabres are 6-14-4 heading into Tuesday's matchup with Tampa Bay in KeyBank Center. It's only one victory more than the worst 25-game starts ever. Here they are:   * 2013…

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Jacob Josefson's ankle is turning into his Achilles' heel. Just three games after returning from an ankle injury, the Buffalo Sabres center tweaked the ankle again. Coach Phil Housley announced Monday that Josefson will miss the next four to six weeks. "It's tough," Housley said in KeyBank Center. "It's difficult when you lose a guy like that. He sort of put everybod…

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After the Sabres finished practice Monday, Buffalo coaches Phil Housley and Davis Payne met with Rasmus Ristolainen at the blue line. "I want more from myself, and I think they want more from myself, too, and for everyone," the defenseman said. Not surprisingly, the conversation included the Sabres' struggling power play, which will have a new look Tuesday when Tampa…

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Jacob Josefson's ankle is turning into his Achilles' heel. Just three games after returning from an ankle injury, the Buffalo Sabres center tweaked the ankle again. Coach Phil Housley announced Monday that Josefson will miss the next four to six weeks. "It's tough," Housley said in KeyBank Center. "It's difficult when you lose a guy like that. He sort of put everybod…

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Phil Housley has seen enough. There's no execution on the Buffalo Sabres' power play, so it's time for the coach to execute it. "We've got to do some hard looking at it," Housley said. The coach inherited the NHL's top power play, but he can be forgiven for not believing it. The Sabres are 30th in the 31-team league, and they've been blanked in 17 of their 24 games. …

MONTREAL — Seth Griffith got another chance to show what he could do. Now he’s headed to Rochester or another team. The Buffalo Sabres placed the forward on waivers Sunday. Other NHL teams have until noon Monday to claim him. If not, the Sabres can send Griffith to the Amerks. Griffith has two goals, one assist and 14 shots in 18 games. He had been a healthy scratch …

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MONTREAL – The problem with a terrible start is it doesn't allow for any leeway. Take Saturday night, for example. In virtually any other situation, the Buffalo Sabres' latest loss would have been chalked up to running into a hot goaltender. Montreal's Carey Price made a triumphant return after missing 10 games with an injury, stopping all 36 shots he faced to beat Buff…

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MONTREAL – There was no doubt who the fans came to see. Montreal goaltender Carey Price had barely stepped onto the ice Saturday when the sellout crowd started chanting, "Carey, Carey, Carey." Buffalo would have liked to see the all-world goalie miss one more game. They might have had a chance to win. Price, who had been out since Nov. 2 with a lower-body injury, bla…

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MONTREAL – Josh Gorges felt he was playing well, and the numbers back him up. He learned that's not enough. The defenseman needs to do more if he wants to stay in the Buffalo Sabres' lineup. After returning to health and playing in six straight games, Gorges was a healthy scratch Friday against Edmonton. He played Saturday against Montreal, so it was a short hiatus. …

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MONTREAL – The Sabres needed more than two weeks to earn one victory. They can pick up two in 24 hours. Here are Five Things to Know as the Sabres visit the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. 1. Going streaking OK, so two wins hardly constitutes a winning streak. But after going 0-5-2, the Sabres would love to build off Friday's 3-1 victory over Edmonton. "I…