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Remember that old saying about someone who can't dance having two left feet? Meet a hockey team you might know. At this point, the Buffalo Sabres are playing with two left skates. Through 20 games of their season, it is utterly baffling to comprehend where this team is. If Jason Botterill and Phil Housley thought over the summer they had the answers that Tim Murray a…

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Through Friday's games. Preseason rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning. Stamkos is stampeding, with NHL-best 18 assists and 24 points in 14 games. (1) 2. Los Angeles Kings. Healthy Quick (8-2-1, 1.99/.939) is biggest reason for 10-2-1 start that's best in franchise history. (2) 3. St. Louis Blues.  Rolling along even as Bouwmeester and Berglund have…

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Robin Lehner knows what Tyrod Taylor has been going through. The quarterback in the NFL probably gets much of the blame for losses and too much of the credit for victories. You can make the same analogy about NHL goalies. "One hundred percent," Lehner told The Buffalo News Tuesday in KeyBank Center. "I've been following the Bills and a lot of people have been on him.…

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The first month of the schedule is gone. And just like so many others in recent years, it's a bad one in the standings for the Buffalo Sabres. Saturday's 3-2 loss to San Jose dropped the Sabres to 3-7-2. They are seventh out of eight teams in the Atlantic Division, 15th out of 16 in the Eastern Conference and 28th out of 31 overall. Photo Gallery: Sharks 3, Sabres 2 …

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A lot was expected from Victor Antipin. When you're signing a free agent from the KHL, this isn't like drafting an 18-year-old or waiting on a big prospect like Brendan Guhle to develop on defense. The word first came out back in March when the Sabres were in San Jose that former General Manager Tim Murray had just about locked up Antipin. It wasn't until the World Cham…

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Through Friday's games. Preseason rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning. With Stamkos back, they look Cup-ready as advertised (7) 2. Toronto Maple Leafs.  How much is Matthews going to get this summer on his extension? (5) 3. St. Louis Blues.   Stastny gets 600th career point in win over Avs. (3) 4. Los Angeles Kings. Seem to have quickly found th…

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Through Friday's games. Preseason rankings in parentheses. 1. Washington Capitals. Hottest start of Ovechkin's career puts him back on path to 50 again. (5) 2. Chicago Blackhawks. Quenneville hot over penalty for failed toenail challenge. (6) 3. St. Louis Blues.  Pieterangelo averaging over 26 minutes on blueline during 4-1 start. (17) 4. Detroit Red Wings.…

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As the slogan sort of says, it's time to Sharpen Our Swords about the ungodly opening of this Sabres season. It's only taken us three games to clearly deduce that, in fact, it wasn't all Dan Bylsma's fault. Even though the denizens of the dressing room at One Seymour H. Knox III Plaza wanted you to believe backward coaching was what last season was about. Well, the s…

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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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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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General Manager Jason Botterill confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the Buffalo Sabres will not have a captain at the start of the season. And like the Toronto Maple Leafs, it's possible they might go all season without one. So be it. After handing out $80 million of Terry Pegula's money, Botterill knows Jack Eichel is the captain of this team -- whether he has the lette…

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1. Pittsburgh Penguins. Champs start on top in bid for first three-peat since '80s Islanders. 2. Edmonton Oilers. No. 97 on a quest of his own to hoist the Cup just like No. 99 used to do. 3. Nashville Predators. Housley brings his style to Buffalo; too bad he can't bring the NHL's best atmosphere inside and outside an arena. 4. Anaheim Ducks. Ryan Miller's bes…

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The Buffalo Sabres have plenty of high-priced talent on their first two lines, but let's get real here. This is Jack Eichel's team. They're going as far as No. 15 can take them. Any analysis of their season starts and ends with Eichel. Both on the ice and off it. Big-money names like Ryan O'Reilly, Kyle Okposo, Evander Kane, Jason Pominville and Rasmus Ristolainen dot …

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Through Friday's games. Last week's ranking in parentheses. 1. Cleveland Indians.  Join 1954 and 1995 teams in winning 100+. First two lost World Series. (1) 2. Los Angeles Dodgers.  Went 10-6 after ending 11-game losing streak. (2) 3. Houston Astros.  Behind red-hot Verlander (5-0, 1.06), gave MLB a first since '03 by becoming third 100-win team. (3) 4. Was…

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Through Thursday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses. 1. Cleveland Indians.  A streak for all time makes them the favorite for October. (3) 2. Los Angeles Dodgers.  Overlooked element to stunning collapse: Nine straight home losses after 52-14 start in Chavez Ravine. (1) 3. Houston Astros. Four years after going 51-111, clinched first division title si…