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It seems clear from the words and actions of Jason Botterill and Ralph Krueger – and thus, by extension, Terry and Kim Pegula – what is the mindset of the Buffalo Sabres. Of course, they want to make the playoffs and snap the NHL's longest postseason drought. But as impatient as the fan base is and as cranky as the media can be (slowly raising hand), the general manager…

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The goal wasn't a remarkable display of individual skill. Jack Eichel simply whacked at a loose puck in the crease until it crossed the goal line in the second period Tuesday night in KeyBank Center. However, the individual effort helped Eichel achieve a significant milestone. The 23-year-old captain set a new career high with 29 goals, through only 49 games no less, to…

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The Buffalo Sabres face the Ottawa Senators at 7 p.m. today in KeyBank Center. Here's what you need to know before the game. Follow along with the action on the ice through reports from our team and select media accounts: https://twitter.com/TBNSports/lists/sabres-coverage

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Matchup: Buffalo Sabres (22-20-7) vs. Ottawa Senators (17-23-9) Where: KeyBank Center When: 7 p.m. TV: MSG Radio: WGR 550 Skinner's return: The Sabres have their $72 million man back in the lineup. Jeff Skinner, who missed the past 10 games with an upper-body injury, will play Tuesday night against Ottawa. The 27-year-old has 11 goals among 19 points with a minus-9 …

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While Ralph Krueger and the Buffalo Sabres focus on short-term goals, General Manager Jason Botterill is forced to take a macro view of the franchise. If the Sabres gain ground in the playoff race over the next three weeks, Botterill will push to add to the roster ahead of the Feb. 24 trade deadline. Selling could be an option if they fail to take advantage of having ni…

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Ten points out of a playoff spot with a crucial 10-game stretch coming. This is last-chance time for the Buffalo Sabres and they know it. Nine of the games are at home, beginning with Tuesday's matchup against the Ottawa Senators. The Sabres are 14-5-3 in KeyBank Center this season and need to continue to channel that kind of success to get back in the race. "The fan…

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When he was sidelined with a high ankle sprain for nearly two months at the start of the 2016-17 season, Jack Eichel drew plenty of inspiration from Kobe Bryant. A year earlier, Showtime released an 83-minute documentary entitled "Kobe Bryant's Muse" that took a deep dive into the career of the Los Angeles Lakers legend and paid particular emphasis to his 2013 rehab fro…

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After a week off, the Buffalo Sabres returned to the ice Sunday to start the road on their longshot run at a playoff berth. It got a big boost with the return of Jeff Skinner. The club's $72 million man practiced fully in LECOM Harborcenter and is a good bet to play Tuesday night in KeyBank Center against Ottawa when the Sabres play their first game after the All-Star b…

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The Buffalo Sabres got a big addition to their lineup when they reconvened for practice Sunday in LECOM Harborcenter as winger Jeff Skinner was back on the ice nearly a month after injuring his shoulder in the Dec. 27 loss to the Boston Bruins. Skinner has missed 10 games since the collision with Bruins all-star David Pastrnak during the 3-0 defeat. Skinner had 11 goals…

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Lawrence Pilut is rejoining the Buffalo Sabres after spending one week in Rochester. The 24-year-old defenseman was recalled from the Amerks on Sunday in time to join the Sabres for their first post-All-Star break practice in LECOM Harborcenter. Pilut appeared in only one game with Rochester this past week, scoring the game-winning goal in a 3-2 win over Cleveland on We…

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Jean-Sebastien Dea’s short-handed goal in the third period turned out to be the winner for the Rochester Americans in a 3-2 American Hockey League victory over the Syracuse Crunch at the Upstate Medical University Arena in Syracuse. It was the third win in a row for the Amerks following a seven-game losing streak. Goals by Eric Cornel, his eighth, in the first period…

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ST. LOUIS — Jack Eichel's first assignment Saturday night was fitting. During a season in which the Buffalo Sabres' captain has established himself as one of the top players in the NHL, he took the opening faceoff in the All-Star Game. The 23-year-old center proceeded to display his tantalizing talent, stick-handling around opponents and using his elite speed to create …

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ST. LOUIS – As Jack Eichel crossed the blue line, the Buffalo Sabres' captain appeared on track to accomplish what he could not at two NHL skills competitions. Eichel needed only 6.3 seconds to skate from the red line, behind the net and over the blue line at the other side of the ice. Yet the 23-year-old was not crowned fastest skater, finishing fourth in the event wit…

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ST. LOUIS – The National Hockey League is one step closer to creating a platform that will allow players to report abusive behavior. During a press conference Friday in Enterprise Center, Commissioner Gary Bettman revealed further details about a hotline that will allow reports to be filed over the phone or online and will be operational in "a few months." It will be ac…