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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington has covered the Sabres, MLB, the Bisons, college basketball and high schools since joining The News in 1987. He is a National Baseball Hall of Fame voter, a 2013 inductee into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame and the chairman of the Buffalo chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.


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The Western Canada road trip was a rare bright spot for the Buffalo Sabres last season. They're desperately in need of similar success this year. The Sabres hit the skies for Edmonton Sunday, where they'll open their annual three-game trip Monday night in Rogers Place against the Oilers. The road has not been kind for Buffalo of late, as the Sabres are just 1-6-2 in the…

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Say this for the Buffalo Sabres: They might be the last team the Tampa Bay Lightning hope to see come the first round of the playoffs in April. If the Sabres can somehow sneak in. The Bolts have some flat-out stupid statistics -- headlined by a 35-8-2 record. And although they're 2-1 against the Sabres this year after Saturday's 5-3 victory in KeyBank Center, they've be…

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There's been so much consternation about rosters for the All-Star Game this year that one thing is certain: Fans care about it. They want to watch. There's an odd amount of get-rid-of-it sniping from Canadian media, almost as if it's a gimmick that's beneath them. Please. Of course it's a gimmick. It's a skills competition one night followed by a 3-on-3 tournament the n…

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning.  Improved to 12-0 vs. Metro teams with comeback win over Canes.  (1) 2. Calgary Flames.  Leapfrogged all contenders to get to second overall. (3) 3. San Jose Sharks.  Only NHL team with seven players with at least 30 points.  (9) 4. Toronto Maple Leafs. Tavares on 55-goal pace,…

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RALEIGH, N.C. — After seven straight losses, the Buffalo Sabres finally solved the riddle of the Florida Panthers last week with a victory in KeyBank Center. The Sabres now have to unlock a similar key to beating the Carolina Hurricanes. It's seven losses and counting for Buffalo against the Hurricanes, who scored three goals in the second period and held on for a 4-3 w…

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RALEIGH, N.C. — It was a whirlwind of a day for Jeff Skinner in the old homestead. Swarmed by media in the morning, Skinner got the word he was an All-Star for the second time in his career in the afternoon. Then, under the bright lights Friday night in PNC Arena, Skinner got an ultra-warm welcome from Carolina fans he played in front of for eight seasons and became a 3…

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The Buffalo Sabres had a late-night flight home. And who was in Buffalo waiting for them to play Saturday night in KeyBank Center? The hottest team in the NHL. Maybe the hottest team in a decade or more. Maybe a team that could be the best in the regular season of all-time. The Tampa Bay Lightning head into Saturday night's game with a 34-8-2 record a…

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Jeff Skinner thanks you. The Buffalo Sabres' winger has had a sensational season but he knows his second trip to the NHL All-Star Game is rooted in the desire of fans to see him in the game, as they made him the winner of the Atlantic Division slot in the league's "Last Men In" vote. Speaking with The Buffalo News, WGR Radio and Sabres.com late Friday…

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RALEIGH, N.C. – It's Jeff Skinner Homecoming Night at PNC Arena, also known as the Buffalo Sabres meeting the Carolina Hurricanes for the first time this season. Most eyes, of course, will be on the return of Skinner to the place where he spent his first eight NHL seasons. The reaction is expected to be strong in his favor as Skinner was one of the Hurricanes' most popu…

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RALEIGH, N.C. – It's a big homecoming tonight for Buffalo Sabres winger Jeff Skinner and he will play against the Carolina Hurricanes for the first time on the heels of becoming an All-Star. Skinner has won the Atlantic Division's Last Men In vote, the NHL announced at noon, and will join Jack Eichel in the All-Star Game Jan. 26 in San Jose. Also chosen were Pittsburgh'…

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Longtime Buffalo Sabres executive Michael Gilbert has resigned as senior vice president of administration and general manager of HarborCenter, the team announced Wednesday. “Terry and I would like to personally thank Mike for his 21 years of commitment to the Buffalo Sabres, and for his dedication to the growth of amateur hockey in Western New York. We wish him the best…

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The Sabres scored five goals Tuesday night without Jack Eichel in the lineup. Kyle Okposo didn't have any. It's been that way most of the season. Okposo was far from a zero on this night, however. He started the game with Johan Larsson and C.J. Smith, dominated three New Jersey players in the neutral zone on the night's first shift to get the puck headed toward the offe…

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Without Jack Eichel and maybe without Sam Reinhart, the Buffalo Sabres host the New Jersey Devils Tuesday night in KeyBank Center. The Sabres are 2-5-1 in their last eight games and just 5-8-4 since their 10-game winning streak ended on Nov. 29. And now Eichel's upper-body injury and Reinhart's illness has them in danger of playing a game without two of their top three …

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning. First team since '44 Habs with 31 wins in first 40 games. (1) 2. Toronto Maple Leafs. Need a quick return to goal from injured Andersen. (2) 3. Calgary Flames. Lindholm joins Gaudreau and Monahan in 20-goal club in first half. (5) 4. Vegas Golden Knights. Pulled even with Flame…

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"To me, I look at him and I see Nick Lidstrom. I do. He's very efficient, probably doesn't realize how good he is yet. He's going to be a dominant player for years to come. He's just scratching the surface of how good he's going to be." New York Islanders coach Barry Trotz on Rasmus Dahlin, Dec. 31 --- The plaudits are everywhere for Rasmus Dahlin, like the one th…