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When Evander Kane turns on the charm, he owns the room. There was no doubt the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room belonged to him Wednesday. Kane knows he has to make the most of it while he can. As the minutes ticked toward Monday's NHL trade deadline and the left winger's inevitable departure, his megawatt smile and wit were on full display. Kane is among the most talke…

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The countdown to Feb. 26 is on. Things have been awfully quiet in the NHL in recent days, save for the big Los Angeles-Ottawa trade that involved Dion Phaneuf and Marian Gaborik packing. That's all about to change as the NHL's trade deadline day approaches. The Sabres are expected to be a prominent seller, with the likes of Evander Kane, Benoit Pouliot, Robin Lehner and…

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OTTAWA — In their previous four road games, the Buffalo Sabres were in control. Calgary. Edmonton. Vancouver. Boston. Check. Check. Check. Check. Four wins, virtually nothing to quibble about. The Sabres nearly extended their road winning streak to five games for the first time since 2006 Thursday night but it wasn't nearly the same kind of game. There were mistak…

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This corner did lots of pondering Tuesday that didn't have much to do with the Sabres and Anaheim Ducks. It was game 53 of a season going nowhere, the merciful start of the final 30 games of a campaign where the playoffs were a pipe dream before Thanksgiving. It ended with another bizarre overtime loss to drop Buffalo to a ghastly 14-39 in real math. The bottom line que…

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Bar down and in. Off the toe and out. Off the post and out. That's the trio of talking points everyone trudging out of KeyBank Center will ponder from the Sabres' 1-0 loss Saturday night to the St. Louis Blues, a taut thriller where inches made a world of difference. Bar Down: The Blues won the game on defenseman Carl Gunnarsson's goal with 5:41 left, a snapsho…

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The Buffalo Sabres are treading water, trying not to sink into the basement of the NHL standings. In the words of Vito Corleone: How did things ever get this far? Before the season, we polled a panel of NHL media figures around the league for their opinions on the team. Now, after the All-Star break, we revisited some of our panelists to get their take on the struggling…

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TAMPA -- Back in the fall, there were few experts locally or across North America who pegged the Buffalo Sabres as a playoff team. But virtually no one pegged them to fall off a cliff, either. After the disappointment of last year's 78-point campaign and the much-ballyhooed hirings of coach Phil Housley and General Manager Jason Botterill, the most common consensus was …

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VANCOUVER – The Buffalo Sabres goaltender was wearing Robin Lehner's equipment. But when he took off the mask Thursday at the morning skate, it looked nothing like Robin Lehner. It's a new-look Lehner. The goalie has shed his long locks and beard. He's a short-haired, clean-shaven guy who looks like he is heading to a job interview. It's all because he's visiting …

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VANCOUVER – Going back to Dec. 23, the Sabres' net was a go-to zone for the opponent. It was an 11-game onslaught that had Robin Lehner and Chad Johnson grasping at air and debating whether to change their equipment, styles and routines. So as much as anyone in the dressing room, the goaltenders are relishing the fun of the last two games. Johnson stopped 32 of 33 sh…

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Robin Lehner wants some of those goals back. He knows he needs to play better. The puck, at times, has gotten smaller on him. Lehner has let in some bad goals, particularly over the last two weeks. He's been pulled in three of his last five starts. Over that span he has an 0-4-0 record as backup Chad Johnson was tagged with the losing decision in a 7-4 loss to Winnipeg …

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NEW YORK – After the Sabres and Rangers battled through overtime Jan. 1 in the Winter Classic at Citi Field, Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist took to Instagram and paid tribute to Buffalo goalie and fellow Swede Robin Lehner. Lehner, who has known Lundqvist for roughly 15 years, was touched by the gesture. "I saw that and it was nice, really nice," Lehner said Thursda…

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So you think we're done talking about droughts, right? Not on this watch. The way things are going for the Sabres, they'll have you smashing tables for an entirely different reason. Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane signed off for the season on Tuesday, and that puts the spotlight in the 716 clearly on Phil Housley and Jason Botterill. Just guessing here, but nobody i…

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PHILADELPHIA — Michal Neuvirth had not started a game since Nov. 28 and had not won one since Nov. 2. So the former Sabres goaltender was one of the happiest people in Wells Fargo Center after making 30 saves Sunday to help the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-1 win over Buffalo. The Flyers head into their bye week on a three-game winning streak and are 4-1 in their last five…

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NEW YORK — Robin Lehner put on one layer of clothes. Then another. And another. And another. "It's definitely cold out there," the Buffalo Sabres goaltender said Sunday after practicing outdoors in Citi Field. It was 16 degrees and sunny when the Sabres skated in the New York Mets' baseball stadium. The brisk, windy weather was one of the few things that has cooled L…

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NEW YORK — The NHL is looking to strike a balance into its choices of teams and sites for the Winter Classic. That's been its party line for a while and what deputy commissioner Bill Daly reiterated Friday when he visited New Era Field during the World Junior Championships' outdoor game. Getting the Sabres back into the game for the second time is nice and staging it in…