For once, the Buffalo Sabres made it interesting. It took them nearly 50 minutes to do it, but they made it interesting nonetheless.
They still lost.
Buffalo's winless skid reached six games Monday night with a 3-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Sabres are 0-4-2 in the last six and fell to 5-12-4 this season.
After pulling within a goal with 3:32 remaining…
So about all that line shuffling ....
Phil Housley did what any self-respecting NHL coach would do Monday with the worst offensive team in the NHL. It was time to play musical chairs with his forward combinations. Of course, the way the Buffalo Sabres are going lately, it had a deck-chairs-on-the-Titanic feel.
That's especially true when you're trying to score agains…
The Buffalo Sabres host the Columbus Blue Jackets at 7 p.m. in KeyBank Center.
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It's been the best offensive start for Evander Kane in his nine years in the National Hockey League.
Through the first 20 games, he scored 11 goals, the quickest start of his career.
He scored again on Monday night, his team-best 12th of the season, pulling up in the faceoff circle and firing a shot past Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky for the Buffalo Sabres sec…
Amid the Sabres' losing streak and the shifting of the lines involving Jack Eichel, there is plenty to talk about.
The News' Mike Harrington will be taking your questions from Key Bank Arena on Monday night at 6:30 in advance of the Sabres' game against Columbus.
Follow Mike at @ByMHarrington.
Here are some of the questions with Mike's answers below:
Justin Falk smiles when remember that season. It was two years ago when he was with the Lake Erie Monsters, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets. While Falk split his season between the clubs, he was part of the Cleveland-based team's run to win the Calder Cup in 2016.
That run to a championship has made all the difference. For the Blue Jack…
We're going to move past all the hockey coach cliches here. Phil Housley went through his Rolodex of them to us Monday morning in four minutes: just get a different look, fresh combinations, better balance. He even hit my favorite: We don't number lines. Even though, of course, coaches and GMs routinely talk about their "top six" and "bottom six" forwards.
So let's call…
It's a dismal, gray, Monday in Buffalo, matching the mood of many Western New York sports fans after the Buffalo Bills dismal performance on Sunday. Can the Sabres lift the region's sporting spirits? It will be a tall order when the Sabres host the Columbus Blue Jackets at 7 p.m. Monday in KeyBank Center.
Here's what you need to know for the game:
1. The Blue Jackets…
After going winless in the last five games, Buffalo Sabres coach Phil Housley revamped the line combinations Monday.
Skating in the morning in KeyBank Center in advance of tonight's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Housley moved center Jack Eichel to the third line with Zemgus Girgensons and Jason Pominville.
Ryan O'Reilly centered the top line with Evander Ka…
The Sabres could become part of dubious Buffalo history Monday night.
It's the fourth straight day of games for Buffalo's premier sports teams, and fans couldn't be blamed if they'd rather have a break. The first three days featured forgettable losses by the Sabres and Bills.
Since the Sabres were founded in 1970, the teams have combined to lose four days in a row ju…
When Jason Pominville became a regular in the National Hockey League lineup, he was 23 years old.
So he did what most 23-year-olds who spent their life playing hockey and working toward an NHL career did — he thought about hockey. All. The. Time.
He still thinks about hockey away from the rink, but not nearly as much now. Not with his two kids, Jayden (8) and Kayle…
Chad Johnson has lived a nomadic hockey life. He has played for a different organization each of the past seven seasons.
No matter where Johnson has been, one fundamental truth has remained constant.
"At the end of the day," the Buffalo Sabres goaltender said Saturday, "you just have to do your job or somebody else will."
It might be time for Buffalo to start look…
For a few minutes Saturday night, it appeared the Buffalo Sabres would win despite playing an ugly, ugly game.
They got the result they deserved.
The Sabres didn't show a pulse until the third period. It was enough to lift them into a 1-1 tie with Carolina, but the Hurricanes quickly scored to extend the Sabres' winless streak.
Buffalo suffered a 3-1 loss, falling…
Remember that old saying about someone who can't dance having two left feet?
Meet a hockey team you might know. At this point, the Buffalo Sabres are playing with two left skates.
Through 20 games of their season, it is utterly baffling to comprehend where this team is. If Jason Botterill and Phil Housley thought over the summer they had the answers that Tim Murray a…
The Buffalo Sabres host the Carolina Hurricanes at 7 p.m. in KeyBank Center.
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