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With the Montreal Canadiens in town, Nathan Beaulieu joined old teammates for dinner Thursday. He chewed on a healthy scratch Friday. The Buffalo Sabres defenseman watched his two NHL teams face each other in KeyBank Center. A minor upper-body ailment kept Beaulieu away from an optional morning skate, but coach Phil Housley made it clear that was not why Beaulieu was…

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Only three home games remain for the Buffalo Sabres, starting with Friday's visit by Montreal. Here are Five Things to Know as the Sabres hope to impress the folks in KeyBank Center. 1. It's Friday night Friday was historically the Sabres' big home date. This will be only the seventh (and final) Friday home game. The Sabres haven't hosted a Friday night game since…

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Nathan Beaulieu doesn't mince words when it comes to the Toronto Maple Leafs. "I've had hatred for them since I was born," the Buffalo Sabres defenseman said Thursday night. "Growing up close to Toronto, I was never a Leafs fan." Beaulieu obviously gets pumped up for games against the Leafs, but his team wasn't ready for the start of this one. So late in the first pe…

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EDMONTON, Alberta – Nathan Beaulieu's trip to western Canada was a short one. The Sabres defenseman likely suffered a concussion just 3:11 into Monday's game in Calgary. After flying to Edmonton following the contest, he hitched a ride back to Buffalo on Tuesday for evaluation and treatment. It's believed to be the second concussion of the season for Beaulieu, who ab…

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CALGARY – Chad Johnson gave the Sabres a chance to win. Jack Eichel made sure they did. Eichel ripped home a one-timer with 1:30 gone in overtime Monday, delivering a much-needed pick-me-up to Buffalo in the form of a 2-1 victory. Johnson, a Calgary resident who had a solid season for Calgary last year, stopped 32 of 33 shots in his homecoming. The Sabres celebrated …

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The cherished moments worked both ways. For the patients in Roswell Park Cancer Institute and their families, it was a chance to spend time with athletes they watch on television. For the Buffalo Sabres, it was an opportunity to see the fighting spirit of sick children, meet adults going through tough times and shake the hands of selfless caregivers. The Sabres' holi…

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Nathan Beaulieu lost so much weight last week that he refuses to even dole the exact figure. "A ton," the Sabres defenseman said Monday. "I lost an extreme amount of weight and was pretty weak." Flu-like symptoms rocked the 200-pound Beaulieu, who returned to practice in KeyBank Center after failing to join Buffalo on its three-game road trip. He's questionable for T…

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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…

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After an unwelcome spin on the rumor mill, Carey Price is ready for a twirl on the ice. The Montreal Canadiens' star goaltender, who has been out since Nov. 2 with a lower-body injury, will return Saturday when the Buffalo Sabres visit Bell Centre. Price dealt with more than an injury during his time away. Rumors enveloped the goaltender and his family. The biggest w…

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MONTREAL -- Benoit Pouliot has been so productive of late, the last thing he wanted to do was sit out a game when he wasn't hurt. It looked like that was a possibility Saturday morning, as Pouliot had a phone hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety for a hit Friday night on Florida's Keith Yandle. But the Sabres got good news Saturday afternoon when the leagu…

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BOSTON – Less than 24 hours after a brutal loss to Vancouver, the Sabres are back at it. Here are Three Things to Know as Buffalo visits Boston on Saturday in TD Garden (7 p.m., MSG, WGR-AM 550). 1. Rebound expected It wasn't easy to watch Friday's 4-2 loss to Vancouver the first time, but coach Phil Housley reviewed the film again. It still wasn't easy. "When …

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It wasn't supposed to be like this. Everyone in the Sabres' organization was thrilled for a fresh start. Yet after three games, the SOS has been issued. Same Old Sabres. The distress flag came out of storage following the 6-3 loss to the Islanders on Saturday. It was waving by the second intermission of Monday's 6-2 loss to New Jersey. Surprisingly, things are cal…

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The one thing as high as Nathan Beaulieu's turnover total was his frustration level. After the Sabres fished another of his giveaways out of the net, the new defenseman had to do something. He found a willing combatant in New Jersey's Miles Wood, so the duo dropped the gloves. Beaulieu took out his discontent on the top of Woods' skull. Maybe the Sabres should stick …

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You can't ensure yourself a playoff berth in October but you can definitely put yourself in uphill-climb mode if you hit Halloween in the wake of a sluggish month. The Buffalo Sabres know that lesson far too well in recent years. They opened another season Thursday night in KeyBank Center hoping to avoid the pitfalls of recent years. The 3-2 shootout loss to Montreal…

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You want hockey coverage? It's everywhere in today's editions of The Buffalo News and Buffalonews.com. We've got your top-line approach to Jack Eichel's contract extension and the entire 2017-18 season for both the Sabres and NHL with our annual NHL Preview Section. We'll have the latest from practice on Wednesday morning on the eve of the season opener against Montreal…