The Sabres are five points behind the Islanders in the Eastern Conference with three games in hand. The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on MSG and WGR Radio.
“You get choked up,” right winger Alex Tuch said. “It was serious. It still is. It was tough. But, you know, we had a job to do. And we wanted to play for the City of Buffalo and Damar.”
That one will be a special one for sure," Thompson said. "That's a cool game. For it to end the way that it did means so much and for me to have a big part in that it really feels special for me."
Their 4-3 overtime victory has to rate as one of the best games of the season in the entire NHL, Harrington says.
In 82 games with the Sabres, he has 27 goals. His rare combination of size, strength and speed has helped his line become one of the best in the NHL.
"He's one of the best players in the world ... " Tuch said. "To be able to ... watch him and see how he sees a play, and next thing you know no one's open and he's throwing it perfectly in (Stefon) Diggs' hands. Wow."
The Buffalo Sabres broke a scoreless tie with six goals in the third period to defeat the Los Angeles Kings at KeyBank Center on Tuesday, Dec.…
"Skinner paid a hefty price for his cross-check, but a whole lot of people in that locker room and in the fan base should think a tad differently of him now," writes Mike Harrington.
The center's current pace is an astonishing 66 goals and 126 points.
Thompson's dynamic, historic performance, combined with a goal by four different Sabres, propelled Buffalo to a 9-4 rout of the Columbus Blue Jackets. He finished with six points, tying the career-high he set Halloween night.
Black and Red is back for 12 games this season. No offense, Blue and Gold. Just a nod to history. And people were stoked about it.
“He would always talk about how, growing up, he wanted to play for the Sabres,” said Vegas defenseman Shea Theodore, a former teammate who remains a close friend.
No team in the league has the Sabres' number as bad as the Atlantic Division leaders do. The Sabres are 0-5-1 in their last six games against Boston – and 1-13-3 in the last 17 meetings overall.
"Vegas baby, Vegas" was how Jack Eichel announced his trade from Buffalo on social media a year ago, and the hiccups of last spring are quickly getting washed away in the sea of success Vegas is having this season.
Alex Tuch fits so seamlessly with this team that it feels like he has been around for several years, writes Mike Harrington.
Who's going to be together and who's going to be apart for Tuesday's game in Edmonton will have to wait for the morning skate in Rogers Place.
The Buffalo Sabres gave their fans a good tease to start the season in KeyBank Center, but that will have to suffice for a while. The Sabres open a four-game Western road trip Tuesday night in Edmonton and won't be home again until they host Montreal on Oct. 27.
The Sabres passed go in the second period and collected their $200 – OK, players these days make a lot more but you get the point – on their way to a 4-1 win over the Senators.
Buffalo Sabres beat reporters Lance Lysowski and Mike Harrington provide their opinions on six notable topics at the start of the season.
It's closing in on time to get ready for the NHL season and Monday represented a new stage of camp.
Lyubushkin's unveiling in game action produced a steady night during the 2-1 victory over the Flyers. He played 16 minutes, 33 seconds (including 1:54 on the power play) and registered three blocks and two hits.
Sabres General Manager Kevyn Adams told reporters before the opening of training camp practices Thursday that a leadership group, including team captain, will be announced closer to the regular-season opener on Oct. 13.
Most of the players who helped the Buffalo Sabres to a strong finish last season are back for Don Granato's second training camp as coach.
Not many roster spots are uncertain but there's still plenty of questions that camp can answer, Harrington says.
Tuch, a 26-year-old right wing, used his first normal, healthy summer in years to prepare himself for his role as a fixture in the Sabres’ top six.