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It's a two-pronged attack going on this week in KeyBank Center. While Jason Botterill is charging through the revamping of the Buffalo Sabres, assistant general manager Randy Sexton is doing likewise for the Rochester Amerks. It's a heavy lift for both. Botterill is trying to fix the worst team in the NHL (and drafting Rasmus Dahlin, of course, is a good way to start…

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Alex Nylander just got out of his teens. He's in a no-win position with his draft status. He started the season with a serious injury. It's almost unfair to rip his play. But he makes it so easy. The Buffalo Sabres prospect had an uninspired postseason as Rochester was swept out of the first round. He was dropped to the fourth line. He lost his power-play spot. He di…

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TAMPA, Fla. -- The stat sheet doesn't tell nearly the whole story. By the numbers, it shows the Buffalo Sabres gave up three goals in the third period and lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning, 7-5, here Friday night. It was a wild game before 19,902 in Amalie Arena that saw the Lightning take a two-point lead over Boston while Buffalo dropped its third in a row and fell to 2…

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TAMPA, Fla. – Casey Mittelstadt and Alexander Nylander, the Buffalo Sabres' top draft picks the last two years, scored the first goals of their NHL careers Friday night early in the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Amalie Arena. Mittelstadt converted with a wrist shot on a power play at 2:57 of the first period while Nylander tipped home a Brendan Guhle shot at 6…

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When Alex Nylander arrived in Buffalo last summer, he was eager to prove he belonged. He'd bulked up and said he'd grown up. He was determined to play for the Sabres. Seven months later, the winger will get his chance. An injury derailed the start of Nylander's season, but he has an opportunity to finish strong. The No. 8 overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft will play …

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The 2018 World Junior Championship is down to the final eight teams. With the preliminary round in the rearview mirror, it's win and move on. One team from each preliminary round group was eliminated -- Denmark in Group A and Belarus in Group B. The remaining teams will all play Tuesday in a four-game slate featuring three battles at KeyBank Center and one at HarborCent…

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Alex Nylander showed why they call him the Snipe Show in Sweden's 3-1 win against Czech Republic in the World Junior Championship Thursday. The Buffalo Sabres prospect capitalized on a power play opportunity early in the third period with a laser from inside the left dot to the top right corner. The puck snuck through a pair of Czech sticks and hit the top corner with s…

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Sabres prospect Casey Mittelstadt had a goal and an assist in the United States’ 3-1 pre-tournament victory against Sweden in Erie, Pa. Mittelstadt opened the scoring six minutes into the game, beating the Swedish goalie with a glove-side wrist shot on the power play. Kailer Yamamoto scored the game winner, collecting a rebound following a Mittelstadt shot. Fellow…

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Just before practice started Thursday in KeyBank Center, Robin Lehner looked like something from the "Friday the 13th" series. He had on an old fiberglass mask worn by former NHL goalie Paul Harrison with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the late 70s and for six games during the 1981-82 season with the Sabres. Lehner was apparently pondering it for the Winter Classic and let goa…

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Alex Nylander will again be playing in Buffalo ... and for Sweden. The Sabres have loaned the forward to Team Sweden for the world junior championships. The 19-year-old will leave the Rochester Americans for the tournament, which will be held from Tuesday through Jan. 5 in Buffalo. Nylander has two goals and four points in 15 games for the Amerks. He started his seas…

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As the world junior tournament nears, the Buffalo Sabres are still discussing whether to let prospect Alex Nylander play for Sweden. "We still have discussions with Team Sweden throughout," Buffalo General Manager Jason Botterill said Friday. "They've been very accommodating in that situation there." Sweden has an exhibition game against Denmark on Monday in Rocheste…

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Though Alex Nylander is in his second professional season, the Buffalo Sabres prospect is still eligible to play in the world juniors. That might happen. General Manager Jason Botterill will continue to talk with Nylander and Swedish hockey officials before deciding whether to release the forward for the world junior tournament. It's being held in Buffalo from Dec. 26 t…

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Phil Housley said Alex Nylander needs to work on his timing. That's fitting since someone has already cleaned his clock. Nylander played his first game of the season Friday in Rochester, and the Sabres' No. 1 draft pick in 2016 earned an assist during a 4-2 victory over Hartford. "The first couple shifts were a little rusty, but the second period I felt great out the…

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DETROIT -- Finally, more than two months after he was injured in the Sabres first game of the Prospects Challenge, Alexander Nylander is making his season debut tonight. Nylander, Buffalo's No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft, will be in the lineup for Rochester's game against Hartford in Blue Cross Arena. Here's Nylander's interview today with the Amerks' web site: https:/…

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LAS VEGAS — Veteran winger Kyle Okposo returned to the Buffalo Sabres' lineup Tuesday night against the Vegas Golden Knights after missing the previous two games due to the flu. He said it was a relief to escape the throes of his bug and regain some of the weight he's lost. "Basically sitting in a hotel room for 2 1/2 straight days is not good stuff," Okposo said after …