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Success has been struggle for Sabres in Western Canada

VANCOUVER -- It will be a long day back home waiting for Sabres news and the game itself against the Vancouver Canucks in Rogers Arena. The "morning skate" is at the normal 11:30 a.m. local time out here but not until 2:30 in Buffalo. And the game tonight on MSG will face off shortly after 10.

As I wrote today, the Sabres are looking for a bounceback after their disappointing overtime loss in Calgary. And some quick research, at the solid request of a few on Twitter, shows a win against the 3-0 Canucks would give the Sabres their best run in these parts since the 1997-98 season.

Buffalo has lost all three games of the Edmonton-Calgary-Vancouver trip the last two years -- with the 2014-15 donut marking the capper to their 0-12 January. It also extended their franchise-record losing streak that stretched to an utterly tanky 14 games that former winger Chris Stewart called "disgusting" (remember that?). Sunday's win in Edmonton's Rogers Place ended a seven-game skid that included not so much as a single overtime point in that stretch.So

The schedule over the last 20 seasons did not have the Sabres coming out here ever year, or meeting all three teams. It will be that way now under the new schedule matrix adopted after the 2013 lockout.

So with that in mind, here's a look at how the Sabres have fared in Western Canada in recent years:

Year ...  Record
2016-17... 1-0-1 (one game remaining)
2015-16... 0-3-0
2014-15... 0-3-0
2013-14... 1-2-0
2010-11... 1-1-0 (no VAN)
2008-09... 1-1-0
2005-06... 1-2-0
2003-04... 1-2-0
2002-03... 0-1-2
2000-01... 0-2-0 (no CGY)
1999-00... 0-1-1 (no EDM)
1998-99... 1-1-1
1997-98... 3-0-0

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