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The Sabres thought they were gaining traction, then they slipped in Ottawa. Here are Five Things to Know as they try to find solid ground Saturday afternoon against the Los Angeles Kings. 1. Attention to detail Buffalo had won three of four games heading in Ottawa on Thursday. Though the Sabres had the lead in the final minute before suffering a 3-2 overtime loss,…

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Frankly, the way Jack Eichel's injury was being portrayed Sunday was quite a bit better than you would have expected. Especially after seeing the gruesome manner in which his right leg caved in Saturday night in Boston. Linemate/roommate Sam Reinhart said Eichel felt better after his latest high ankle sprain than he did when he suffered the same injury on the opposite l…

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CALGARY – After the worst loss of a rough season, lineup changes were a no-brainer. Nick Baptiste is among those who will benefit. The right winger will be in the Sabres' lineup for the first time since Nov. 14 when Buffalo visits the Calgary Flames on Monday night. "I'm excited," Baptiste said in Scotiabank Saddledome. "It's been a little while since I've been back …

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Nick Baptiste's time on the sidelines could be over. The winger joined the Sabres for their trip to Arizona and Dallas, but he didn't play. Baptiste spent all of Monday's practice on a line with center Sam Reinhart and right wing Seth Griffith. Their audition could continue Tuesday when Washington visits KeyBank Center. The Sabres recalled Baptiste from Rochester las…

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GLENDALE, Ariz. – When last season ended, Nick Baptiste essentially said it was Buffalo or bust this year. Until this week, the right winger wasn't with Buffalo. "I have a lot more to give," Baptiste admitted Thursday. "I've got better in me, just all around in my game." The stark realization came recently in Rochester. He got sent down during training camp after fai…

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GLENDALE, Ariz. – When last season ended, Nick Baptiste essentially said it was Buffalo or bust this year. Until this week, the right winger wasn't with Buffalo. "I have a lot more to give," Baptiste admitted Thursday. "I've got better in me, just all around in my game." The stark realization came recently in Rochester. He got sent down during training camp after fai…

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Just before practice opened Wednesday in HarborCenter, the Sabres announced they have recalled winger Nicholas Baptiste from Rochester and after the workout coach Phil Housley revealed Justin Bailey is battling a lower-body injury. Both players will be on the Sabres' upcoming road trip, which features games Thursday in Arizona and Saturday in Dallas. "We thought we'd…

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Victor Antipin's progression on the ice is kind of like having a conversation with the rookie from Kazakhstan: It's slow and steady, with improvement coming each day. The KHL signee scored his first goal of the preseason in Wednesday's 5-4 loss at Pittsburgh and was by far the most engaged with the play that he's been at any point thus far with the Buffalo Sabres. "I…

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No production, no chance of cracking the lineup. That's pretty much the scenario for Nick Baptiste, who didn't do much of anything to make a dent in the Sabres' right wing derby and was sent to Rochester Thursday morning. Baptiste only played in two of the team's five exhibition games and had just one shot on goal. Free agent signee Seth Griffith and returnee Justin Bai…

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Justin Bailey and Nick Baptiste can count. They know the Sabres have 15 healthy forwards, including five right wingers. They know that Buffalo will dress 12 forwards and use four right wingers. What they don't know is if they'll be part of those final numbers when the season starts. As expected, there is competition at right wing as the Sabres move toward their final…

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Sabres fans who still have their old Jason Pominville jerseys can wear them again. He is going to continue to wear No. 29. The Sabres did some number crunching Monday, announcing uniforms for 13 players. 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 swi…

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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…

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Nick Baptiste is in Buffalo for his third development camp, a veteran among the group. That doesn’t mean he has nothing to prove. “That’s why I’m here,” Baptiste said. “I’ve got to prove that I can play in the NHL and have the ability to do that. That’s what’s motivating me right now.” Baptiste was considered one of the Sabres top forward prospects before Jack Eichel and…