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It will be a big week in the Big Apple and environs for the Buffalo Sabres. It's three games in six days, including a spot in the NHL's premier regular season showcase. Certainly the league and the Sabres were hoping that Buffalo was not going to be in last place in the Eastern Conference heading into this stretch but that's where the Sabres will likely be when they pla…

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The Buffalo Sabres are going to be out of town for much of the World Junior Championship, with Tuesday's initial set of four games one of the few chances they'll have to check out the action at KeyBank Center and HarborCenter. The tourney's opening is a flashback for many members on the team. Defenseman Jake McCabe, for one, captained Team USA to its 2013 title in Ufa, …

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The cherished moments worked both ways. For the patients in Roswell Park Cancer Institute and their families, it was a chance to spend time with athletes they watch on television. For the Buffalo Sabres, it was an opportunity to see the fighting spirit of sick children, meet adults going through tough times and shake the hands of selfless caregivers. The Sabres' holi…

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DENVER -- For one night at least, a lot went right for the Buffalo Sabres. They opened the scoring Tuesday and led for the first time in five games. A defenseman scored a goal -- a first on the season -- and it stood after a lengthy replay review. Evander Kane snapped a six-game drought. The team didn't have any broken spirit after giving up a pair of power-play goals. …

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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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You can't ensure yourself a playoff berth in October but you can definitely put yourself in uphill-climb mode if you hit Halloween in the wake of a sluggish month. The Buffalo Sabres know that lesson far too well in recent years. They opened another season Thursday night in KeyBank Center hoping to avoid the pitfalls of recent years. The 3-2 shootout loss to Montreal…

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The Buffalo Sabres finalized their opening night roster Tuesday and, as expected, their most unlikely choice at forward is free-agent signee Seth Griffith. Griffith, who split time last year between Toronto, Florida and the minors, saw time on the top line in the third period of Friday's preseason finale against the New York Islanders. He was back with Jack Eichel and E…

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It's been a revolving door of injuries for the Buffalo Sabres on defense and here's the update after practice Tuesday in HarborCenter, the second-last workout before Thursday's season opener against Montreal in KeyBank Center: ** Jake McCabe returned to the ice and practiced for the first time since suffering a shoulder injury Sept. 22 in Toronto. "Today's practice w…

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The retooling of the defense was a major storyline for the Buffalo Sabres' summer. But when the club hit the ice for practice Sunday morning in HarborCenter -- essentially the first workout with its regular season roster -- the blueline corps was a tad disheveled. It could mean that, just like last year, the Sabres are going to lean heavily on Rasmus Ristolainen. Jak…

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Before the Sabres took the ice, they got together on the golf course. There was a long-drive contest, and Phil Housley was interested to see who bombed the ball longest. Once he learned it was Marco Scandella, the coach broke into a big grin. "It was good to see a D-man hit the long drive," the former defenseman said. The blue-liners have to keep soaring for Buffa…

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The Sabres did some number crunching Monday. Buffalo fans who still have their old Jason Pominville jerseys will be pleased. Pominville, reacquired this offseason, will wear his familiar No. 29 when the Sabres return to the ice next month. Defenseman Jake McCabe gave up No. 29 and will switch to No. 19, the number he wore in college at Wisconsin. The Sabres announced…