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You can go through all kinds of reasons why the Buffalo Sabres are enduring another season headed to nowhere. Poor drafting, bad contracts, poor trades, negative impacts of tanking, transition of constant change at coach and general manager can all be cited. But it's really very simple and has been for several years now. The Sabres flat-out don't score nearly enough …

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ST. PAUL, Minn -- Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno got feted in Buffalo in November. Thursday night in XCel Energy Center, the welcome mat was put out for Marco Scandella, Jason Pominville and coach Phil Housley. During the first television timeout, Scandella and Pominville were greeted by the Minnesota Wild in a brief video on the arena's massive video board. Scandella s…

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- There was an Old Home Days feel around the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room today in XCel Energy Center. The Sabres' game against the Minnesota Wild is the first game back in town for former Wild standouts Marco Scandella and Jason Pominville, as well as the first game as a head coach in his hometown for first-year Buffalo bench boss Phil Housley. "It's …

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NEW YORK – Ryan O'Reilly didn't have the words to describe the birth of his first child. He didn't need any. The glow and smile said everything. "There's nothing like it," O'Reilly said Wednesday, four days after welcoming Jameson Keane O'Reilly to the world. "Seeing him born, I was bawling my eyes out watching this little person come to life and just seeing a little…

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So if you think the Sabres have issues deciding what to do about Evander Kane, just wait until you ponder the next few months in Ottawa and Los Angeles. Franchise defensemen Erik Karlsson and Drew Doughty are free agents following the 2018-19 season and both admitted last week that what's going to happen after next season is already on their minds during this one. Th…

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BOSTON – Jason Pominville had just been penalized for a faceoff violation, and he quickly started a discussion with the officials. He looked angry. In reality, the Sabres forward just wanted to know what he did wrong. The crackdown on faceoff violations continues to be a work in progress for NHL players and officials. Judging by Pominville's comments, the adjustment …

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SUMMERLIN, Nevada — It took a review by the National Hockey League but Sabres forward Sam Reinhart officially has his first goal of the season. The NHL has changed the scoring on the game-winning goal from Sunday's 3-1 victory in Anaheim, crediting the goal to Reinhart on an assist from Benoit Pouliot with 31.3 seconds left in the second period. Reinhart said after the …

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – How did you spend your summer vacation? For Norris Trophy winner Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, one of the answers would be at a Buffalo Bisons game. Burns and nearly two dozen friends and family members showed up unannounced at the Bisons' July 1 game against Syracuse in Coca-Cola Field to celebrate a bachelor party for longtime friend and Toron…

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- It's only mid-October but you can already feel the exasperation bubbling in the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room. The Sabres don't have much going on right now in the wake of Thursday's 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks in SAP Center that opened their four-game road trip. They're 0-3-1, tied with Arizona for the worst record in the NHL and off to their wo…

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There's no use asking Jason Pominville if this is how he imagined it. This was so far out of the realm of possibility that he couldn't picture it in even his wildest dreams. Yet there he was Thursday night, skating to center ice in the Sabres' arena with the fans gleefully welcoming him back. The roars reverberated in his helmet not once but twice more as he scored Buff…

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Buffalo fans walked in ready to party. They chanted after the drop of the puck, loudly cheered power plays and jeered penalty calls. It was noticeably different from the library atmosphere of recent seasons. Victories could make it even better. The Sabres dropped their season opener in KeyBank Center as Montreal left with a 3-2 shootout victory. Jonathan Drouin sc…

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Connor McDavid is already wearing the "C" in Edmonton. In Toronto, the Leafs are going without a captain this season so they can clearly anoint Auston Matthews to the role next year. It sounds like the same thing is going on in Buffalo. There are always several leaders on any hockey team and it's easy to wonder if we make too much over who the actual captain is. That gu…

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NHL teams are well-known for often dining together as a group on the road -- and sticking the entire bill on one player. Sometimes they'll throw everyone's credit card in a hat and draw one, with the unlucky "winner" picking up the tab. And sometimes, the lucky recipient of a big-money contract has to spend on his teammates first before he can spend on himself. It sound…

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The Buffalo Sabres hit the reset button in the offseason, hiring General Manager Jason Botterill and coach Phil Housley, then making some roster adjustments. Sure, the Sabres’ six-season playoff drought is like a rounding error for suffering Bills fans, but the suffering is real. To get a handle on how the new-look Sabres are viewed by outside members of the hockey medi…

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Jack Eichel has the skills to be a superstar. That was evident long before he scored the overtime winner Tuesday night. One problem the Sabres have had is finding someone who can finish his passes. Eichel had 33 assists last season, and it's not a stretch to say he could have had 45 or 50. Too often, he'd dance around the opponent's zone, slip the p…