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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning.  Road-weary club just 10-8-1 since 29-8-2 start. (1) 2. Vegas Golden Knights.  Marchessault up to 55 points in 54 games. (2) 3. Boston Bruins.  Opened five-game roadie Saturday in Vancouver. (3). 4. Nashville Predators. Fisher aiming for March 1 return. (7) 5. Winnipeg Jets.…

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Through Thursday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning. Defense struggling without Hedman: Gave up 15 goals on four-game Western roadie. (1) 2. Vegas Golden Knights. Karlsson had 18 goals in first 183 NHL games, has 29 in 54 games this season. (2) 3. Boston Bruins. Rask's point streak in goal hits 21 games at 19-0-2. (4). 4. Winni…

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning.  Fabulous job as All-Star host. Might we all return for Cup final? (1) 2. Vegas Golden Knights.  The amazing tale continues: Most wins ever for an expansion team. (2) 3. Winnipeg Jets. Are 18-3-2 at home and in midst of 10-game homestand, longest in NHL since '10-11 Lightning's 12…

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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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At All-Star break. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning.  Home team is only club with more than two players at All-Star Game. (2) 2. Vegas Golden Knights. Loss to Islanders snaps home point streak at 12 games.  (1) 3. Boston Bruins. Point streak of 18 games (14-0-4) is longest since 1968-69 season. (3) 4. Nashville Predators. Vegas is gam…

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Vegas Golden Knights.  Best story in the NHL in years. Swept Lightning. Legitimate chance for deep playoff run. (2) 2. Tampa Bay Lightning.  Role as All-Star host could snap them out of their boredom. (1) 3. Boston Bruins.  Fifteen-game point streak blowing away Leafs in Atlantic standing. (6) 4. W…

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Jason Botterill certainly wants to get at least a prize in the sky for Evander Kane. So how can you blame the Sabres' general manager for shooting for the stars and the moon? What TSN is reporting as the Sabres' latest demands, a four-piece return for Kane that includes a first-round draft pick, seems unlikely to actually take place by the Feb. 26 trade deadline. But al…

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Voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame is a complicated enough process. You spend weeks collecting your thoughts, poring over stats (real and analytic), researching as many conflicting points of view as you can find and sometimes just staring at the ballot in your hand. Then you open your email one November day and Joe Morgan throws everything into a tizzy. Yep, that J…

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So you think we're done talking about droughts, right? Not on this watch. The way things are going for the Sabres, they'll have you smashing tables for an entirely different reason. Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane signed off for the season on Tuesday, and that puts the spotlight in the 716 clearly on Phil Housley and Jason Botterill. Just guessing here, but nobody i…

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning.  Even in defeat, Vasilevskiy impressive with 37 saves vs. Habs. (1) 2. Vegas Golden Knights.  Won in Chicago a night after eight-game winning streak ended in St. Louis. (2) 3. Winnipeg Jets. Speedy lineup was a tough matchup for Sabres.  (8) 4. St. Louis Blues.  Schenn makes em…

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NEW YORK -- Since we're all swept up by The Process these days, let's spend a little time looking at how it's going on the other side of the Pegula Sports empire as we hit the new year. Initial Reaction: Meh. The Sabres are not the team we saw in October and November, and that's a relief. Any way that you, Phil Housley, Jason Botterill or any player wants to spin it,…

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning.  Kucherov keeps rolling on, maintaining 118-point pace. (1) 2. Vegas Golden Knights.  Mind-boggling facts keep piling up: First expansion team ever to win six games in a row. (2) 3. New Jersey Devils.  Hall got hosed on toenail challenge Friday. (8) https://twitter.com/PR_NHL/s…

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It's the day after Christmas, a holiday they call "Boxing Day" on the other side of the Peace Bridge. We've got the greatest under-20 hockey players in the world in our midst for the next 10 days. I should be in a good mood. The World Junior Championship was the bomb when it made its debut here seven years ago. So why am I thinking this event's boom is going to go bust …

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Seven years ago, there was a lot of curiosity when the World Junior Championship hit town for the first time. We didn't know what we would see. Now, a lot of us know what to expect. Trust me on this one: Get ready for a wild 10 days downtown. And a crazy afternoon out in Orchard Park. The Swedes, the Finns and the Russians will always put on a good show. There will b…

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning. On pace to score 314 goals, which would be NHL's highest total since '95-96 Pens, Avs and Wings. (1) 2. Vegas Golden Knights. Send Xmas cards to Panthers for Marchessault (team-high 31 points) and Smith (25 points). (5) 3. Los Angeles Kings. Gaborik and Brown both hit 1,000-game p…