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TORONTO -- At the start of his Hall of Fame weekend, Dave Andreychuk spent plenty of time Friday afternoon thinking about where his NHL odyssey started. Memorial Auditorium is just a hole in the ground these days but it was the site where yet another Hall of Fame career was born. Andreychuk was taken by the Sabres at No. 16 in the 1982 draft, 10 spots after current c…

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Come Monday night, two of the Buffalo Sabres' trio of first-round draft picks from 1982 will be members of the Hockey Hall of Fame. One is current head coach Phil Housley, who became an honored member in 2015. The other is Dave Andreychuk, who will accept induction during this year's annual ceremony in Toronto. Housley's reaction: "Well, Scotty must have known something…

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This time, there was no snow job needed by Phil Housley. The Sabres really did play well Tuesday night in a full-marks, 3-1 victory over the Washington Capitals. There was such a good vibe in the dressing room after the game. Robin Lehner succinctly said that's how the Sabres should play every night. All for that. The praise was universal for the way Jake McCabe jumped …

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When you sketched out the Sabres' defense to start the season, it looked like this: First pair: Marco Scandella-Rasmus Ristolainen Second pair: Jake McCabe-Zach Bogosian Third pair: Nathan Beaulieu-Victor Antipin Ready if needed: Josh Gorges, Justin Falk, Taylor Fedun Of course, it hasn't worked out that way. Bogosian hasn't played a single game after being injure…

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Phil Housley says his positivity shouldn't be viewed as lack of accountability. The coach showed that to his struggling team Monday with a detailed meeting and hard practice. Housley seemed to be lowering expectations Saturday night when he said Buffalo played well in a 5-1 loss to Dallas. On Monday, he showed the 4-8-2 squad what it did wrong. "I tend to look at thi…

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It's one month into Phil Housley's coaching career, and it certainly hasn't gone well. The Sabres have been blown out and beaten up, falling to injuries and opposing offenses. With a record of 4-8-2, Buffalo's points percentage of .357 is second-last in the NHL, ahead of only hapless Arizona. "It's easy to be negative right now," Housley said. Somehow, the coach isn'…

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Think back five months, to that entertaining Stanley Cup final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators. Like any series, there were all kinds of subplots. Nashville fans — both inside and outside Bridgestone Arena — put on a show unlike any seen during the NHL's climactic event. P.K. Subban accused Sidney Crosby of saying he had bad breath. Predators…

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The Sabres haven't played since Saturday's 3-2 loss to San Jose. They don't play again until Thursday night in Arizona. So the long break gave coach Phil Housley a chance to drive the club during practice Tuesday in HarborCenter. Housley opted against a training-camp style review of his team's objectives on the ice within a game. Instead, he pushed hard for 70 minutes o…

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The first month of the schedule is gone. And just like so many others in recent years, it's a bad one in the standings for the Buffalo Sabres. Saturday's 3-2 loss to San Jose dropped the Sabres to 3-7-2. They are seventh out of eight teams in the Atlantic Division, 15th out of 16 in the Eastern Conference and 28th out of 31 overall. Photo Gallery: Sharks 3, Sabres 2 …

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It was a little over a year ago when Phil Housley and John Tortorella were part of the same coaching staff. Tortorella was the head coach for Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey last fall in Toronto. Housley was chosen as an assistant coach for the team and it was an opportunity for the aspiring head coach to pick up some pointers from a veteran. We…

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You wonder if the NHL and NBC have buyer's remorse on the Winter Classic right about now. The Rangers and the Sabres will be bringing a New York State of Mind to New Year's Day in Citi Field, but will anyone care to watch them by Jan. 1? Both teams entered their games Saturday 1-5-2 (and then both won). The Sabres had been outscored, 32-20, and the Rangers by 30-20. The…

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A 1-2-1 road trip, a 1-4-2 season record. The bottom lines for the Buffalo Sabres aren't pretty at this point. The team's uneven jaunt to the West Coast ended late Tuesday night with a 5-4 overtime loss to the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, a game that saw the Sabres wipe out a 4-1 deficit in the final 10 minutes of regulation. It was a mostly disappointing performa…

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The final seconds were ticking off the Honda Center clock Sunday night and Phil Housley was able to escape coach mode and allow himself a smile. Housley reached out to shake the hand of associate coach Davis Payne, who made sure to wait for the final horn before giving Housley an enthusiastic shake back. Housley then turned to his left. First-year NHL…

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LOS ANGELES -- It was a tie game inside the final three minutes. A real chance for the Buffalo Sabres' first win of the season was at hand but they blinked at crunch time Saturday in Staples Center. Both on the ice and behind the bench. Drew Doughty's power-play goal with exactly two minutes left capped a horrible few seconds for the Sabres, snapping a 2-2 game and s…

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LOS ANGELES -- It's a House of Horrors for the Buffalo Sabres when they come to Staples Center but they'll give it another try Saturday night when they meet the Los Angeles Kings in the second game of their four-game Western sojourn. Rick Jeanneret and Rob Ray are on the call on MSG and WGR Radio, with faceoff slated for 10:38 pm. Yep, it's going to be a late one. Th…