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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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LOS ANGELES -- It was a tie game inside the final three minutes. A real chance for the Buffalo Sabres' first win of the season was at hand but they blinked at crunch time Saturday in Staples Center. Both on the ice and behind the bench. Drew Doughty's power-play goal with exactly two minutes left capped a horrible few seconds for the Sabres, snapping a 2-2 game and s…

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LOS ANGELES -- Drew Doughty's goal with exactly two minutes left -- Los Angeles' third power-play goal of the night -- snapped a tie Saturday night and sent the Kings to a 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres before a sellout crowd of 18,230 in Staples Center. The disheartening loss dropped the Sabres to 0-4-1 on the season. The Kings improved to 3-0-1. Doughty's goal cam…

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LOS ANGELES – Jordan Nolan was focused on trying to help the Buffalo Sabres get their first win of the season here Saturday night. But returning to Staples Center certainly brought back memories of June 11, 2012. The Los Angeles Kings were one win away from the first Stanley Cup in their 45-year history heading into Game Six of the Cup final against New Jersey. They sco…

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LOS ANGELES -- It's a House of Horrors for the Buffalo Sabres when they come to Staples Center but they'll give it another try Saturday night when they meet the Los Angeles Kings in the second game of their four-game Western sojourn. Rick Jeanneret and Rob Ray are on the call on MSG and WGR Radio, with faceoff slated for 10:38 pm. Yep, it's going to be a late one. Th…

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The Buffalo Sabres have nine goals in four games and only three players have dented the scoresheet. Given their struggles on offense, the last place in the NHL they need to be Saturday night probably is Staples Center. The Sabres have been shut out four straight times — all by 2-0 scores — in the Los Angeles' Kings cavernous home arena, where they p…

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — When he was skating at HarborCenter with some Sabres in late August, Alex Iafallo was just an unknown NHL hopeful. Observers in Los Angeles thought the Eden native was an interesting college free agent signing from national runner-up Minnesota-Duluth who would get some seasoning in the AHL. "I didn't know very much about him," Sabres veteran Jason P…

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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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Jordan Nolan won Stanley Cups with the Los Angeles Kings in 2012 and 2014 but admitted Thursday he knew his time was up with the organization, as the Kings are retooling after winning just one playoff game the last three seasons. Nolan said he was disappointed to be put on waivers -- but could not have been happier with the result of the process. The son of two-time …