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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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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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NEW YORK – Sam Reinhart went through all of December without a goal. He opened January with one that jump-started the Buffalo Sabres. Given the drought and the stage, it was meaningful. "It was one of my better ones to see it go in in my life, for sure," Reinhart said after a 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Rangers in the Winter Classic. The right winger had bee…

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NEWARK, N.J. – Zemgus Girgensons is the Buffalo Sabres' hottest scorer. All it took was a move to Jack Eichel's wing. The Sabres might need to play Eichel on every line. An inability to score continues to frustrate Buffalo. The Sabres played one of their more complete games of the season Wednesday against the New York Islanders, and their average goal output actually…

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With one assist in his last 12 games and his ice time cut to just over 11 minutes Tuesday against Boston, Sam Reinhart seemed more likely to be headed for the press box than Jack Eichel's wing. But coach Phil Housley said Thursday he's liked what he's seen from Reinhart of late and that it's time to give him a chance with the Sabres' top creative playmaker. So Reinhart …

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In a span of 13 hours, Sam Reinhart went from the doghouse to the penthouse. The Buffalo Sabres forward skated just 11:05 during Tuesday's 3-0 loss to Boston. He was barely on the ice during the third period while posting his second-lowest ice time of the year, topping just the 9:09 on Dec. 5 in Colorado. When the Sabres practiced Wednesday morning, Reinhart was on t…

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Zach Bogosian misses old-time hockey. He got a chance to bring it back Tuesday. He took it. The Buffalo Sabres defenseman saw teammate Jacob Josefson get crunched by Kevan Miller during the first period, so he skated toward the Boston defenseman. Miller is a believer in old-time hockey, too, and the fists were soon flying. "I just saw one of my teammates get hit r…

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It's been 3 1/2 years since Sam Reinhart was drafted with plenty of fanfare and the thrifty six-word announcement of then-Sabres General Manager Tim Murray. Friday night's game against Carolina was the 200th of Reinhart's career. The former No. 2 overall pick was supposed to be a franchise building block. That hasn't panned out. In those 200 games, Reinhart has 101 p…

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Ted Nolan's first run as Buffalo Sabres coach will be remembered for his motivational skills. He helped the "hardest-working team in hockey" grow from a group of fighters to a division champion in 1997. Nolan's second stint will be remembered for his words in 2014. "Prospects are great," Nolan said. "Then some of them turn into suspects. Then some of them turn into r…

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Audie Murphy was as triggered in Ramatuelle as Buffalo sports fans are these days. Sorry if you need to research that reference. I've spent the past four weeks looking up when stats were this bad for the Buffalo Bills. You can take a few seconds out of your postgame hangover to humor me. What doesn't take a Google search to understand is that Buffalo's offense has be…

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There might be a magical scoring line in the Sabres' dressing room. There might not be. Phil Housley will keep trying to find it. The Buffalo coach again switched his lines at practice Wednesday. The Sabres have been shut out in two straight games and rank last in the NHL in scoring, so Housley will shuffle until something clicks. "When you're not winning, you're …

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TORONTO -- Marcus Foligno told Minnesota beat writers last month he's quickly learned the difference between the Sabres and the Wild, and reiterated it last week during a visit in Air Canada Centre. "We have to be emotionally involved. There's nothing but winning here," Foligno told The Buffalo News. "Anything less than that is failure. That's not to discredit anything …

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Until now, Sam Reinhart has been a prolific player. He had 319 points in 250 junior games. He scored 23 goals as a rookie for the Sabres. He reached 30 assists last year in his second season. So yes, he admitted Thursday, this start has been tough on him. Reinhart's celebrations have been few and far between through Buffalo's opening 15 games. He has just two goals a…