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When watching the Stanley Cup playoffs from his offseason home in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Buffalo Sabres goalie Carter Hutton noticed a common thread among teams still playing in mid-May. Defensive structure. The high-powered offenses in Pittsburgh, Washington and Tampa Bay did not reach the second round, while teams with less high-end skill used their discipline witho…

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In the final days of an unpredictable season, Carter Hutton has not lost sight of why he chose to sign with the Buffalo Sabres. The 33-year-old goalie was free to join any NHL team last summer after an outstanding season in St. Louis and reportedly had offers from a few playoff contenders, including Boston. Yet, Hutton chose a three-year contract from the Sabres, who ha…

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UNIONDALE – The message was sent during pregame warmups. A solitary Buffalo Sabres fan in a white jersey pressed a placard with black letters against the glass behind the Buffalo bench. It said simply, "Fire Housley." The fan stood there for about 10 minutes, then quietly climbed the stairs with his card when the warmups were over. He might get his wish in four more …

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NEWARK, N.J. — Sam Reinhart dashed toward the blue line, braced for Rasmus Dahlin's shot and fell to the ice when the puck struck him. Dahlin quickly skated over to check on Reinhart, who stood up and skated to center ice before the Buffalo Sabres concluded a fast-paced practice Sunday in Prudential Center. Their playoff hopes ended with a 7-4 loss in Montreal one night…

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When Carter Hutton skated to the bench after the first period Tuesday night, six of his Buffalo Sabres teammates were waiting to thank him. Hutton, the team's 33-year-old goalie, had just stopped all 19 shots he faced in the first 20 minutes. Following the second period, Hutton slammed the shaft of his stick against the dasher board in front of the Sabres' bench. In the…

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Driving down Washington Street to The News building 90 minutes before faceoff, I saw 26 fans in Leafs jerseys between Sahlen Field and Harborcenter before I saw a Sabres jersey. And that one was a Marcus Foligno No. 82, not even someone on the current team. It set the stage for another one of those crazy frenetic nights with the Leafs in the building. Of course, it was …

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After a game in which they kept their noses to the grindstone for 65 minutes, a quick apology to the Sabres for the first thing that popped into this corner's head on Selection Sunday night. In a day featuring a quasi Buffalo-St. Louis doubleheader, the wrong Buffalo team won. How sweet it would have been for a few more St. Bonaventure shots to have dropped home at t…

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Travis Yost has been involved in the world of hockey analytics for a decade and is part of TSN's Hockey Analytics team. Prior to joining TSN, Yost was a contributor at the Ottawa Citizen, the Sporting News and NHL Numbers, and he has been a consultant for an NHL franchise. He will be contributing breakdowns on the Buffalo Sabres for The Buffalo News this season. Follow Yos…

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Carter Hutton's availability is uncertain for the Buffalo Sabres' game Friday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins after a lower-body injury forced the 33-year-old goalie to leave practice early Thursday. Hutton, who has started the past four games for the Sabres, "tweaked something" while the team skated in Harborcenter and will be monitored by the team's medical staf…

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Carter Hutton prefers to not call this a comeback. The Buffalo Sabres' goalie feels he has played "pretty well for a while," despite serving as a backup in 10 of 15 games before Thursday. Still, Hutton's performances against Tampa Bay and Washington, the latter of which the Sabres defeated 5-2 in front of a sold-out crowd Saturday in KeyBank Center, were reminiscent of …

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Hats were thrown onto the KeyBank Center ice for the first time in 14 months Saturday afternoon when Sam Reinhart scored an empty-net goal with 56 seconds left in regulation. The 23-year-old's hat-trick-clinching goal, the Buffalo Sabres' first on home ice since Dec. 15, 2017, sealed a 5-2 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals and snapped a…

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Casey Mittelstadt was out of the Buffalo Sabres' lineup because of an illness Saturday afternoon in KeyBank Center, clearing the way for Danny O'Regan and Scott Wilson to make their season debuts. Mittelstadt, a 20-year-old rookie center, played the previous three games after missing two games with a lower-body injury. Prior to Saturday's game, coach Phil Housley told r…

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TAMPA -- Perhaps there is no more maddening aspect to the Buffalo Sabres' season than the way they've played against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bolts are the NHL's best team by a mile, 17 points ahead of Calgary and on pace to threaten the all-time record of 132 points set by the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings. But they struggle every time they see Buffalo. The Sabres w…

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There was collateral damage from the Buffalo Sabres piecing together a fine defensive performance in a 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. Defenseman Zach Bogosian, the Sabres' alternate captain who is averaging 21 minutes, 38 seconds per game this season, is day to day with a lower-body injury and won't play Sunday afternoon against the Winnipeg Jets, coach…

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You start from the top before you dig deeper. Doesn't matter who you want to blame. The Buffalo Sabres are just flat-out giving up too many goals. Tuesday's 5-4 shootout win against Minnesota marked the eighth time in the last nine games opponents have scored at least three times. There's been a pair of seven-goal blowups in there, against Edmonton and Chicago. And the …