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An 82-game schedule in the National Hockey League can wreak havoc on a player's body. Even the lucky ones who don't miss time with an injury are battling some physical ailments – bumps, bruises, exhausted muscles that need time to recover. But the season also takes a toll mentally. It's a grind, even if you're on a winning team. And just like learning how to take care o…

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The New York Islanders will be in KeyBank Center to finish the Sabres' homestand Thursday night and their lone visit of the season comes as they are building one of the most fascinating storylines going in the NHL right now. The Isles entered Saturday in last place in the Metropolitan Division -- but just one point out of a wild-card slot. They announced on Monday they'…

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So if you were an empty seat Thursday night in KeyBank Center, you came close to outnumbering live bodies in the stands. The empties, and those who actually did attend a Thursday night affair against the who-cares Florida Panthers, saw a disastrous final nine minutes of the first period followed by a pretty solid showing in the second and third period. And ultimately, a…

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The Sabres thought they should have had a five-minute power play in the first period Tuesday night. The NHL apparently agrees with them. New Jersey forward Taylor Hall has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowed under the CBA, for his boarding penalty against Sabres winger Kyle Okposo during the Devils' 3-1 win in KeyBank Center. Hall was only given a minor penalty on…

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New Jersey forward Taylor Hall has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowed under the CBA, for his boarding penalty against Sabres winger Kyle Okposo in the first period Tuesday night in KeyBank Center. Hall was only given a minor penalty on the play, perhaps in part because Okposo immediately hopped to his feet and was uninjured. But the league's ruling today clearly ind…

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The Buffalo Sabres are treading water, trying not to sink into the basement of the NHL standings. In the words of Vito Corleone: How did things ever get this far? Before the season, we polled a panel of NHL media figures around the league for their opinions on the team. Now, after the All-Star break, we revisited some of our panelists to get their take on the struggling…

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TAMPA -- Back in the fall, there were few experts locally or across North America who pegged the Buffalo Sabres as a playoff team. But virtually no one pegged them to fall off a cliff, either. After the disappointment of last year's 78-point campaign and the much-ballyhooed hirings of coach Phil Housley and General Manager Jason Botterill, the most common consensus was …

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VANCOUVER – Hockey has always been something Kyle Okposo could do in his sleep. Hockey and sleep have more in common than he thought. The Buffalo Sabres forward has done a lot of soul-searching this season. But as losses and pointless nights pounded on his psyche, Okposo knew he needed to do more than just look in the mirror. "It's not just, 'Oh, I hope I'm going to …

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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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A stalk of celery dipped into malaise is what 2017 Buffalo sports tasted like. The year was dominated by upheaval for the Bills and Sabres, with the biggest stories involving people being fired or traded. Record playoff slumps persist. The Bandits were terrible. The Bisons finished 21 games out of first place. None of the Big Four basketball programs made the NCAA To…

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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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As part of the NHL's 100-year anniversary, the league sponsored an online vote for the greatest moment of its first century of play and the bracket-style "tournament" was an interesting process to follow. Just think of all the things that got notice. Bobby Orr's flying-through-the-air goal that won the 1970 Stanley Cup. Wayne Gretzky's 50 goals in 39 games. Or his 77th …

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HAZELWOOD, Mo. — Kyle Okposo found a seam in the slot, took a Scott Wilson pass and sniped the top corner on Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford on Friday night in Chicago. It's the kind of play the Buffalo Sabres need to see a lot more of this year. It was Okposo's first goal in six games — and first against a goalie in 13 games because his previous tally Nov. 24 agai…

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Matt Moulson is one of Kyle Okposo's best friends. Moulson opened his house to Jack Eichel, who considers himself part of the family. As expected, the news that Buffalo is waiving Moulson hit them hard. "It's tough when you lose a guy like that," an emotional Okposo said Monday. "He's been my best friend for a while. He means a lot to me. It's tough news, but at the …

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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…