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The Sabres recalled forward C.J. Smith, their top scoring prospect, from the Rochester Americans on Monday and will give him another chance to make an impact in the NHL. “He deserves a shot to get back and an opportunity,” Sabres coach Phil Housley said. “I like what he brings, the spark and the speed and the skill. Obviously, he’s going to get an opportunity.” Smith…

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The Buffalo Sabres had a late-night flight home. And who was in Buffalo waiting for them to play Saturday night in KeyBank Center? The hottest team in the NHL. Maybe the hottest team in a decade or more. Maybe a team that could be the best in the regular season of all-time. The Tampa Bay Lightning head into Saturday night's game with a 34-8-2 record a…

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C.J. Smith always dreamed about scoring his first NHL goal. But he never pictured it quite like this, the puck dribbling in slow motion past New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid, it momentarily coming to rest just inside the far post, a question rippling through the arena as to whether defenseman Sami Vatanen had dug it out with his stick before it crossed the goal li…

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It took 39 games but the Buffalo Sabres finally promoted a forward from Rochester, recalling winger C.J. Smith ahead of Monday night's game against the New York Islanders in KeyBank Center. Smith, 24, is tied with Victor Olofsson for the Amerks team lead with 29 points in 33 games, including 13 goals, and has posted a plus-8 rating. Coach Phil Housley and General Manage…

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If there's one player who can force his way on to the Buffalo Sabres' roster this fall, it's probably winger C.J. Smith. The team's gaping holes at wing, especially on the left side, have been closed quite a bit by the trade acquisitions of Conor Sheary and Jeff Skinner. But there's still room at the inn in a bottom-six spot for the 23-year-old Smith, who tied for the R…

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The Rochester Americans will be without their leading scorer for the next four to six weeks. Left wing C.J. Smith has suffered a lower-body injury and will be out at least a month, the organization announced Tuesday. Smith has a team hat trick, leading the Amerks in goals (14), assists (25) and points (39). The 23-year-old is an American Hockey League All-Star in his…

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ST. PAUL, Minn -- Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno got feted in Buffalo in November. Thursday night in XCel Energy Center, the welcome mat was put out for Marco Scandella, Jason Pominville and coach Phil Housley. During the first television timeout, Scandella and Pominville were greeted by the Minnesota Wild in a brief video on the arena's massive video board. Scandella s…

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Rochester Amerks forward C.J. Smith and golie Linus Ullmark have been named to the North Division roster for the AHL All-Star Classic to be held Jan. 28-29 in Utica. Smith, a college free agent signed last March out of Mass-Lowell, is tied for second in scoring among AHL rookies with 30 points. He leads the Amerks in scoring, assists (20) and multi-point outings (7). U…

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The Rochester Americans beat the visiting Hartford Wolf Pack on Friday night to keep its November point streak rolling. With the 4-2 win, the Amerks improved to 5-0-1-1 through the first seven games of the month. Rochester’s overall record is now 9-4-1-1, leaving it two points back of the Toronto Marlies for the top spot in the North Division. Evan Rodrigues and Alex…