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Ryan O'Reilly never saw this start coming for the Sabres. "I thought we were going to win a lot and be in a much different spot," he said Monday, "but it's harder than it looks." The alternate captain speaks from experience. He has seen how long it can take to build a team. He's also seen how quickly one can fall apart. After helping Colorado make the playoffs as …

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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 wasn't so much the fact that Ryan O'Reilly failed to cash in on a breakaway in the second period. It was the way the team reacted. The mental toughness dipped for the Buffalo Sabres after Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky turned the puck away with his pad, preserving a 1-0 lead for the Blue Jackets with 12:41 left in the second period. W…

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BOSTON – Before Ryan O'Reilly celebrated his game-winning goal – a victory the Sabres needed so badly that they actually celebrated twice – he was angry. He was peeved at himself. He was upset at Boston's Zdeno Chara. O'Reilly showed it. After failing to score on a point-blank chance, he got into a wrestling match with Chara, the Bruins' 6-foot-9, 250-pound captai…

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Ryan O'Reilly says he's ready to make an impact. After a forgettable start, the Sabres center has points in two straight games, including his first goals of the season. He scored twice during Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to Vegas, giving him two goals and four points in seven games. He had no goals and one assist in the opening five. "Every year you've got to reinv…

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The Buffalo Sabres have nine goals in four games and only three players have dented the scoresheet. Given their struggles on offense, the last place in the NHL they need to be Saturday night probably is Staples Center. The Sabres have been shut out four straight times — all by 2-0 scores — in the Los Angeles' Kings cavernous home arena, where …

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The Sabres have given up 12 goals in two games. They have lost all three games they've played. Not surprisingly, there were plenty of questions from fans for the Mailbag. One resonated more than the others. Question: Will things magically change if ROR, Kane, Eichel say, “We all need to do better and it starts with me” enough times? Magic number? Answer: If th…

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As the slogan sort of says, it's time to Sharpen Our Swords about the ungodly opening of this Sabres season. It's only taken us three games to clearly deduce that, in fact, it wasn't all Dan Bylsma's fault. Even though the denizens of the dressing room at One Seymour H. Knox III Plaza wanted you to believe backward coaching was what last season was about. Well, the s…

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Connor McDavid is already wearing the "C" in Edmonton. In Toronto, the Leafs are going without a captain this season so they can clearly anoint Auston Matthews to the role next year. It sounds like the same thing is going on in Buffalo. There are always several leaders on any hockey team and it's easy to wonder if we make too much over who the actual captain is. That gu…

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NHL teams are well-known for often dining together as a group on the road -- and sticking the entire bill on one player. Sometimes they'll throw everyone's credit card in a hat and draw one, with the unlucky "winner" picking up the tab. And sometimes, the lucky recipient of a big-money contract has to spend on his teammates first before he can spend on himself. It sound…

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The Buffalo Sabres hit the reset button in the offseason, hiring General Manager Jason Botterill and coach Phil Housley, then making some roster adjustments. Sure, the Sabres’ six-season playoff drought is like a rounding error for suffering Bills fans, but the suffering is real. To get a handle on how the new-look Sabres are viewed by outside members of the hockey me…

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The Sabres dress in KeyBank Center and walk over to HarborCenter with most of their gear on for practice, usually using the tunnel in the arena pavilion that connects the two facilities. Ryan O'Reilly has made the quick jaunt even easier – by converting his hockey skates to roller skates with clip-on wheels. "I remember seeing these a few years back. I saw some kid fl…

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Ryan O'Reilly knows the Sabres' captaincy is available. While he says it would be an honor to wear the "C," he's not going to campaign for it. As usual, his words suggest he's a top candidate. The Sabres struggled with communication last season, and O'Reilly is determined to change that. "Leadership is a big part, hold everyone accountable, myself being accountabl…

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Ryan O'Reilly knows the Sabres' captaincy is available. While he says it would be an honor to wear the "C," he's not going to campaign for it. As usual, his words suggest he's a top candidate. The Sabres struggled with communication last season, and O'Reilly is determined to change that. "Leadership is a big part, hold everyone accountable, myself being accountabl…

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NEW YORK -- When it comes to the Buffalo Sabres' role in the Winter Classic, the reality is simple: Most of the focus of fans -- and the NBC cameras -- will be on Jack Eichel. Eichel spoke wistfully nearly six months ago about playing in the annual New Year's Day game when word first leaked out that the Sabres and New York Rangers would be meeting at Citi Field. But see…