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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Buffalo Sabres managed more than 30 shots on goal for just the ninth time this year. They got 45 more saves from red-hot goaltender Michal Neuvirth. They took advantage of a brutally shaky rookie goaltender to score four goals for just the second time since the calendar turned to 2015. But the aftermath of Tuesday’s solid 4-2 win over the Columbus Blu…

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Nikita Zadorov's funky alarm clock cost him Sunday's game against Nashville but he might get back on the ice tonight in Nationwide Arena. That's because Nicolas Deslauriers did not attend today's morning skate due to illness. The Sabres have no extra forwards on hand so coach Ted Nolan said he would have to go with seven defensemen if Deslauriers can't p…

Nikita Zadorov promises to set more alarm clocks. A louder wakeup call might come from Mark Pysyk taking his ice time.Zadorov, scratched by the Sabres on Sunday after failing to arrive for a morning meeting, returned to the team Monday in a contrite mood. For the second time in a month, he delivered an apology for showing up late.“It was my mistake 100 percent, …

Michal Neuvirth, set to make his sixth start in 10 days, had the option to rest Monday. Nearly all of his Sabres teammates did. Despite a five-game run that would make any goaltender jealous, the Buffalo netminder was on the ice.“We had an optional skate, but I felt like I had to work on a couple things,” said Neuvirth, who had a one-on-one session with goali…

For the second time in a month, Nikita Zadorov apologized to the Sabres for being late. "I got late for the meeting," Zadorov said Monday, confirming that his tardiness Sunday was the reason for being scratched against Nashville. "I just feel sorry it happened. I couldn’t do that. It was my mistake 100 percent. No excuses. I couldn’t do that. "I spoke with the team, said…

Ryan Miller was supposed to return to Buffalo this week for the first time since getting traded last year. It's not going to happen. The goaltender flew back to Vancouver on Monday after getting injured Sunday night during the Canucks' game in Long Island. Miller reportedly will have an MRI to determine the extent of the injury. [bn_youtube id="Lkmen3-Y9c0"] The 34-year…

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While the Sabres lost in a shootout to the NHL’s best team Sunday night, Nikita Zadorov’s equipment sat unused in his stall. When the rookie defenseman will use it again has yet to be determined.For the second time in a month, Buffalo benched Zadorov for disciplinary reasons. The 19-year-old, who was suspended after reporting late from the All-Star break, ran…

The Sabres are proud of the defense depth in their organization. They’re starting to see a lot of it.After a run of injuries, illnesses and indiscretions, Buffalo was forced to recall Mark Pysyk and Jake McCabe from Rochester on Sunday for the Sabres’ 2-1 shootout loss to Nashville. With Josh Gorges done for the season and Mike Weber on the shelf for at least…

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Nikita Zadorov has officially progressed from goofy kid to question mark. The big defenseman has the look of a future standout all over him on the ice. But the problem is making sure he’s ready to take the ice.Focus, maturity and professionalism remain in doubt for the 19-year-old. These are things the Sabres clearly seem to be trying to get under control right now …

The Sabres' defense reinforcements have arrived. Mark Pysyk and Jake McCabe are back in Buffalo. The Sabres recalled the two defensemen Sunday afternoon due to the absences of four blue-liners. They will play Sunday night against Nashville. Pysyk has been with the Sabres twice this season, recording one goal in four games. McCabe spent the final seven games of last seas…

For the second time in a month, Nikita Zadorov is out of the Sabres' lineup for disciplinary reasons. The 19-year-old defenseman, who was suspended by the team after reporting late from the All-Star break, ran afoul of coach Ted Nolan again Sunday morning. Zadorov is benched for at least Sunday's game against Nashville. "It’s for team reasons right now, and we’ll deal wi…

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Wearing a sling, a Sabres sweatshirt and a confident smile, Evander Kane didn’t look like a bad teammate, immature kid or a quitter, some of the descriptions that have accompanied him lately. He looked like a happy young man eager to embrace his fresh start.“I’m looking forward to moving on to bigger and better things here in Buffalo,” Kane said…

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Evander Kane sure left some terrible last impressions in Winnipeg. As for first impressions in Buffalo, things went much better.Kane went all “fresh start” on us during his introductory news conference with the Buffalo media Saturday in First Niagara Center. The Sabres were big on the clean-slate theories when the blockbuster with Winnipeg was announced 11 da…

(Through Friday night’s games, last week in parentheses)1. Nashville Predators. We finally get to see what all the fuss is about Sunday night. (2) 2. St. Louis Blues. Still hoping to catch Preds, avoid first-round matchup with Hawks. (3) 3. New York Islanders. Dear Hockey Gods: Rangers-Isles playoff series, please. (7) 4. Tampa Bay Lightning. Could be All-Florida fi…

When the NHL exited the All-Star break, Florida was the only team that had a chance to make the last spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race interesting. Well, it’s interesting.Boston has played a bigger role than the Panthers, though.While Florida entered the weekend on a respectable 4-2-2 run, the Bruins have stumbled. They’ll go into Chicago on Sunday …