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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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Mike Sullivan won Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016 and 2017 but this is going to have to be his best coaching job by far if the team is to even stay in postseason contention. The Penguins have had an astonishing run of injuries this season and the big one hit last week: Sidney Crosby is down after hernia surgery and probably out for six weeks. That will…

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Through Friday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses. 1. Washington Capitals. Point streak snapped at 13 games with loss to Habs. (2) 2. Boston Bruins. Marchand burns Leafs to become first player in NHL history to score seven times in opening 15 seconds of a period. (1) 3. Edmonton Oilers.  McDavid and Draisaitl are by far the game's most dangerous duo. (5)…

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Matchup: Buffalo Sabres (9-6-3) vs. Ottawa Senators (8-10-1) Where: KeyBank Center When: 7:25 p.m faceoff due to Hockey Night in Canada broadcast and pregame Hockey Fights Cancer Night ceremonies TV: MSG Radio: WGR 550 Long-awaited debut: The local analytics community howled on June 25, 2016, when then-Sabres GM Tim Murray made a deal just before the start of the se…

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Rasmus Dahlin has yet to miss a game in his NHL career and the numbers are adding up quick. But he had no idea what Thursday was going to mean when I brought it up to him after the morning skate. The first 100 games of his career are already in the books. "Really? It's 100 games? I was wondering if you were going to say if it feels like it's been 100 games like it's …

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The Buffalo Sabres reconvened in KeyBank Center on Wednesday, their first time on the ice together since Saturday's second game in Stockholm. Their offensive troubles still looming large during their 1-5-1 slide, coach Ralph Krueger isn't looking at wholesale changes for Thursday's visit by the Carolina Hurricanes. First of all, Krueger is going to have to figure out wh…

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Nearly seven months after his second hip surgery in two years, defenseman Zach Bogosian was back on the ice with the Buffalo Sabres at practice Wednesday in KeyBank Center. The team still lists Bogosian as week-to-week, but that's OK with him. This was the start of a pseudo-training camp for the veteran and he was a full participant in his first workout. "Obviously, it’…

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Ken Huckaby, a former Toronto Blue Jays catcher who has been the club's roving catching instructor the last three years, is getting a big promotion in 2020 to serve as manager of the Buffalo Bisons. Huckaby, 48, will replace Bobby Meacham, who parted ways with the Toronto organization after running at the head of the Herd for the last three seasons. His hiring was f…

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The Buffalo Sabres returned to the practice ice at KeyBank Center today after their trip to Sweden last week and announced several notable pieces of injury-related news in the hour before the workout began: The team's injury report says forward Vladimir Sobotka will be out 4-6 weeks with a lower-body injury suffered on the hit he took from Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov …

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One simple headline in Tuesday's editions of Le Journal de Montreal says it all when it comes to Don Cherry. "Bon Debarras" screams the front-page banner over a picture of Cherry in the copy tweeted by Columbus Dispatch beat writer Brian Hedger, in town for Tuesday's Blue Jackets-Canadiens game in Bell Centre. Translation: Good riddance. That's where this corner s…

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The Buffalo Sabres are entering a dangerous part of the schedule. The Sabres were off again Tuesday, their third consecutive day away from the ice after completing their two-game series in Stockholm against Tampa Bay. They return to practice Wednesday morning in KeyBank Center, then open a stretch of three games in four nights when they host Carolina here Thursday. T…

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STOCKHOLM – This was easily the Buffalo Sabres' best performance in more than two weeks. But consolation prizes weren't being thrown around the dressing room deep inside Ericsson Globe late Saturday night. Too many warning bells are flashing around this club. "It's frustrating. That's the bottom line," captain Jack Eichel said after the 5-3 loss to Tampa Bay, the sec…

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STOCKHOLM – There were probably a lot of unique stories in the crowd again Saturday as the Buffalo Sabres had the eyes of the hockey world upon them during their NHL Global Series game against Tampa Bay. But up in Section B19 of Ericsson Globe, Nicolas Dantinne and girlfriend Jessica Miclotte from Namur, Belgium, had a good tale to tell. It was Dantinne's first Sabre…

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STOCKHOLM – The offensive production remains too inconsistent. As a result, the Buffalo Sabres' long-awaited trip to Sweden was rendered a complete dud. The Sabres had a season-high 43 shots on goal and 74 shot attempts Saturday but didn't put nearly enough pucks in the net as the Tampa Bay Lightning pulled away late for a 5-3 win over Buffalo in the final Global Series…

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STOCKHOLM -- Kings. Queens. Presidents. First Ladies. Nobel Prize laureates. They've all routinely walked the same stately staircase I traversed with a small tour group here. The scene was Stockholm City Hall, a massive building inspired by Italian Renaissance palaces but one that's oddly recent. It was built over a 12-year span (1911-23) by Swedish architect Ragnar Öst…

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Matchup: Buffalo Sabres (9-5-2) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning  (7-5-2) Where: Ericsson Globe, Stockholm When: 1 p.m. EST (7 p.m. in Sweden) TV: MSG Radio: WGR 550 STOCKHOLM — The weather in Sweden was sunny and picturesque during the first three days of the Sabres' trip here, albeit very cold with temperatures barely making it into the 30s. It was cloudy and drizzly on Th…