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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. "Whe…

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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…

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It didn't end well for Nathan Beaulieu in Montreal last season. The outlook is promising in Buffalo for him this year. So he's got a little bit of a message to send come Thursday night, when the Sabres open their season against the Canadiens in KeyBank Center. "I definitely have a chip on my shoulder," Beaulieu said matter-of-factly Tuesday in HarborCenter. "I was in Mo…

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Before the Sabres took the ice, they got together on the golf course. There was a long-drive contest, and Phil Housley was interested to see who bombed the ball longest. Once he learned it was Marco Scandella, the coach broke into a big grin. "It was good to see a D-man hit the long drive," the former defenseman said. The blue-liners have to keep soaring for Buffa…

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The Sabres did some number crunching Monday. Buffalo fans who still have their old Jason Pominville jerseys will be pleased. Pominville, reacquired this offseason, will wear his familiar No. 29 when the Sabres return to the ice next month. Defenseman Jake McCabe gave up No. 29 and will switch to No. 19, the number he wore in college at Wisconsin. The Sabres announced…