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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Most of what Ralph Krueger learned during his five years as chairman of Southampton F.C. cannot be applied to his role as coach of the Buffalo Sabres. Krueger spent most of his time in the English Premier League running the club's day-to-day operations, everything from building a culture within the organization to securing a sponsorship deal with Und…

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Ralph Krueger's impact thus far in Buffalo has been plainly obvious: A strong use of positive reinforcement, a simple system that relies on instinct, a full attack on the puck and a defensive structure that keeps the field of view clear for the goaltenders. As a result, Carter Hutton and Linus Ullmark are making plenty of saves. But in the first two weeks of the season,…

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Matchup: Buffalo Sabres (6-1-1) vs. San Jose Sharks (3-4-0) Where: SAP Center When: 10:30 p.m. TV: MSG Radio: WGR 550 Valuable lesson: It may be easy to nitpick the Sabres' strong start to the season. After all, they have blown a pair of two-goal, third-period leads, struggled to respond to Anaheim's physicality Wednesday and relied on Carter Hutton's 47-save shutou…

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Casey Mittelstadt sensed a breakthrough was near. The 20-year-old center and his left winger, Jimmy Vesey, were generating more scoring chances and sustaining pressure in the offensive zone, yet neither had a goal through seven games. "We were pretty due," Mittelstadt said with a grin late Thursday night inside the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room at Sta…

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LOS ANGELES -- Each of the 11 pucks from Carter Hutton's first shutouts in the National Hockey League are stashed somewhere in Thunder Bay, Ontario. They're keepsakes from the 33-year-old's circuitous journey from undrafted free agent to the Buffalo Sabres. Someday Hutton will have the souvenirs as a reminder of his accomplishments during his career. For now, he's not e…

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LOS ANGELES -- Ralph Krueger didn't want to use the word adversity to describe what happened to the Buffalo Sabres at the start of their three-game, West Coast road trip. The loss in Anaheim was only one game, a valuable lesson less than two weeks into the season, Krueger said. The Sabres' coach expressed confidence that his power play would take a simple approach Thurs…

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif.  -- The bitterness of a disappointing season fueled Alex Iafallo during his summer workouts in Buffalo's LECOM Harborcenter. Iafallo, a 25-year-old winger for the Los Angeles Kings, spent many mornings skating with Matt Ellis from the Academy of Hockey, taking hundreds of shots per day while practicing the various situations he finds himself in during…

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LOS ANGELES -- Looking ahead to puck drop ... Matchup: Buffalo Sabres (5-1-1) vs. Los Angeles Kings (2-4-0) Where: Staples Center When: 10:30 p.m. TV: MSG Radio: WGR 550 Victor watch: The Sabres' lackluster performance on the power play Wednesday night has not changed Kings coach Todd McLellan's opinion: he's afraid of Buffalo's power play. After all, the Sabres …

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LOS ANGELES -- Anaheim Ducks winger Nick Ritchie was fined $4,121.86, the maximum amount allowable under the collective bargaining agreement, for his late hit Wednesday night on Buffalo Sabres winger Vladimir Sobotka. The hit occurred during a stoppage in play at 15:57 into the second period of the Sabres' 5-2 loss in Honda Center. Ritchie blindsided Sobotka, grabbed hi…

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – The first skirmish broke out in the corner where the Anaheim Ducks' Carter Rowney hit Buffalo Sabres winger Victor Olofsson from behind. The second occurred when Jeff Skinner confronted Rickard Rakell for a hit on Rasmus Dahlin, and the most vicious of the confrontations came late in the second period when Nick Ritchie attacked Vladimir Sobotka during …

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – There are now flecks of gray in his beard, yet Ryan Miller still possesses the wry sense of humor that has endeared him to teammates, fans and the media throughout his 17 years in the National Hockey League. Miller let out a slight chuckle at the mention of him playing at a "high level" in goal for the Anaheim Ducks at 39 years old and gave a typical h…

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Only five games into his first season in Buffalo, Henri Jokiharju received an edict from his general manager that any young player on the Sabres’ roster bubble wants to hear: move out of the Buffalo Marriott at LECOM Harborcenter and find a more permanent place to live. “Yeah, of course it feels great,” Jokiharju, a 20-year-old defenseman, said. “Get o…

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Matchup: Buffalo Sabres (5-0-1) vs. Anaheim Ducks (4-2-0) Where: Honda Center When: 10 p.m. TV: MSG Radio: WGR 550 Sabres' lineup: Winger Conor Sheary joined the Sabres for the three-game road trip but is still "day to day" with an upper-body injury, according to coach Ralph Krueger. Forward Curtis Lazar, who was recalled from Rochester on Sunday, and defenseman Joh…

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Conor Sheary accompanied the Buffalo Sabres on their three-game West Coast road trip and practiced with the team Tuesday in Honda Center. However, Sheary remains "day to day" with an upper-body injury and his availability for any of the three games has yet to be determined, coach Ralph Krueger told the media following practice. Sheary, a 27-year-old wi…

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Rasmus Ristolainen placed his right hand against the wall opposite his stall inside the Honda Center dressing room and did not hesitate when asked what the Buffalo Sabres' 5-0-1 start to the season means to him. "Great," the 24-year-old defenseman said with a slight smirk Tuesday afternoon. "Everyone wants to win, especially guys who have been here lon…