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Rewind the clocks 10 years. I'm behind the wheel with smelly hockey equipment in the back seat and my 11-year-old, Sabres-loving, hockey-playing son in the front. It was the same year Buffalo became the first team to miss the playoffs after reaching the conference finals in consecutive seasons. We were driving home from a spring clinic at Hockey Outlet when he started t…

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The Chicago Blackhawks just aren't the Chicago Blackhawks anymore. It's downright jarring to see. Now, Patrick Kane is still Patrick Kane, one of the great players in the NHL. At least for the last eight games, Jonathan Toews looks like Captain Serious again in rolling up 11 points. But Brent Seabrook, Duncan Keith and Patrick Sharp are shells of their former selves and…

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Jack is back. Emily is visiting. So is Patrick. There's a lot going on today as the Sabres and Chicago Blackhawks meet in a 1 p.m. matinee in KeyBank Center that will be televised on MSG. Here are Five Things to Know about today's game: 1. Jack is back  After missing 15 games, Jack Eichel makes his return to the lineup today. He has 22 goals, 31 assists and 53 poi…

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Evander Kane has to rate as one of the most complex personalities to ever walk through the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room. But his time here was clearly over. Having watched his first two games with the San Jose Sharks, you're blown away by what he could mean to a good team, especially what he could bring to a playoff run. This corner has so many thoughts on Kane that th…

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We can argue ad nauseam about goalie interference or toenail challenges, or about the inconsistency of the Department of Player Safety (Credit Due Dept: They nailed it with that 10-game suspension for Alex Burrows' dirtbag attack of Taylor Hall). You can say skipping the Olympics is a disaster, I can say I'd rather watch the NHL season continue to play out. Those debate…

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It will be a tournament going on halfway across the world, in the middle of their season and with games often being played in the dead of night in the United States or Canada. And while many NHL players remain disappointed they won't be playing in the Pyeongchang Olympics, they still think it will be hockey worth watching. Out of sight, out of mind? No way. "More tha…

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TAMPA, Fla. -- At just 29 years old, South Buffalo native Patrick Kane is at a career crossroads. No longer is he one of the young superstars of the NHL. Instead, he's a wily veteran still capable of producing big numbers but now also trying to help a new generation of Chicago Blackhawks become stars in their own right. How stark is it to realize this is Kane's 11th sea…

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CHICAGO -- You can question strategy and execution all you want when you're talking about a last-place hockey team, but you can't say the Buffalo Sabres don't care. The scene around the United Center locker room late Friday night after an absolute crusher of an overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks told quite a tale. The Hawks won it, 3-2, as defenseman Gustav Forslin…

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CHICAGO -- Gustav Forsling's screened shot with 4.9 seconds left in overtime eluded Robin Lehner to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres Friday night in a heartbreaker at United Center. Forsling's shot was low to the ice and Lehner never saw it as Rasmus Ristolainen was directly in front of him. The goal came on Chicago's 51st shot of the nig…

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CHICAGO -- Cody Franson was quite a scapegoat at times last season as the Buffalo Sabres' defense corps struggled. The Sabres didn't re-sign Franson after the season and no one in the NHL bit all summer. The 30-year-old was left to sign a professional tryout offer in September. Lo and behold, Franson made the Chicago Blackhawks and was given a one-year deal for $1 milli…

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CHICAGO -- No team worth its salt is going to take the Buffalo Sabres lightly because nobody wants to blow the two points there to be taken against the NHL's worst team. The Chicago Blackhawks figure to be particularly focused Friday night in United Center as they try to break a five-game losing streak -- their longest in six years -- against a Buffalo team they've defeate…

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CHICAGO -- The Buffalo Sabres might get a bad timing award for showing up in The Windy City when they did. The Chicago Blackhawks take a five-game losing streak into Friday's matchup in United Center and looking to start a turnaround against a Buffalo club they've dominated in recent years. The Sabres have lost 11 straight to Chicago (0-9-2) and are 0-6-1 in their pr…

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CHICAGO -- The Blackhawks have lost five straight and have to be thinking the end of their streak can come Friday night in United Center. The Buffalo Sabres know what to expect. "It's going to be important to have a good start against this team and not let the crowd get into it because that sort of feeds their engine," Sabres coach Phil Housley said after practice late …

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Two games into a hockey season is no reason to panic but there's nevertheless a sense of growing concern in Pittsburgh, where the October schedule is really up against the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins. They suffered a 5-4 overtime loss Wednesday to St. Louis on Cup banner-raising night in PPG Paints Arena, then suffered the worst loss of the Sidney Crosby era…

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At least on the ice, this has been a normal training camp for Jack Eichel. While his agents continue to work with the Sabres on a long-term contract extension, Eichel goes about his business getting ready for the season with workouts, quiet morning practice sessions and meaningless exhibition games. It's a far cry from last September, when Eichel was in the middle of a …