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Latest Sabres

Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Nashville Predators.  Wrapped up first Presidents' Trophy in franchise history. (1) 2. Tampa Bay Lightning. Gourde sets franchise rookie mark for goals and points. (3) 3. Winnipeg Jets.  Lot of pressure on team that has never won a playoff game in its second reincarnation. (5) 4. Boston Bruins.  No…

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Nashville Predators.  Set up for first division title and first Presidents' Trophy. (1) 2. Boston Bruins. Emerging as East favorite to get to the Cup final. (3) 3. Tampa Bay Lightning.  Looking like they may slip out of Atlantic title and into dangerous first-rounder with Leafs. (2) 4. Vegas Golden…

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Nashville Predators.  Franchise record point streak snapped at 15 (14-0-1) in home thrashing by Leafs. (1) 2. Tampa Bay Lightning.  Already set team mark for goals in a season (265) during 7-6 win over Islanders. (2) 3. Boston Bruins.  Chara pays homage to Orr on Instagram in advance of No. 4's 70th b…

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Nashville Predators.  Stanley Cup favorite hits town here Monday night on 13-0-1 rush to the finish. (2) 2. Tampa Bay Lightning.  Concern growing that Vasilevskiy may be wearing down. (1) 3. Boston Bruins.  Just about locked into home ice vs. Leafs but can they catch Bolts? (4) 4. Vegas Golden Knig…

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning.  Won first four in March after closing February with overtime loss to Sabres (1) 2. Nashville Predators. Ten straight wins and emerging as a Cup favorite.  (2) 3. Boston Bruins. Old friend Gionta tallies on breakaway for first goal with new team. (4) 4. Vegas Golden Knights.  F…

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Through Thursday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning.  Sensational OT goal by ex-Griff Conacher is the winner in Dallas. (2)  2. Nashville Predators.  Moved atop West after outscoring foes, 29-12, in six-game winning streak. (3) 3. Vegas Golden Knights.  Swept by Kings in home-and-home for first two-game skid in more than five …

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Vegas Golden Knights.  Smashing all expansion records, leading tight Presidents Trophy chase with 21 games left. (2) 2. Tampa Bay Lightning.  Kunitz, owner of four Cups, gets 600th career point. (1) 3. Nashville Predators.  Expect a big move up front to join return of Fisher. (4) 4. Boston Bruins. …

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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…