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NEWARK, N.J. -- With only eight games remaining in another non-playoff season for the Buffalo Sabres, coach Phil Housley chose to sit rookie center Casey Mittelstadt against the New Jersey Devils in Prudential Center on Monday night. Mittelstadt, a 20-year-old drafted eighth overall in 2017, has 11 goals with 12 assists in 70 games -- 30 more than he played last season …

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Habits die hard. Or not at all. When Casey Mittelstadt was thrust out of his comfort zone by having to play left wing Saturday in Colorado, the Buffalo Sabres' 20-year-old rookie center caught himself skating in the middle of the ice a few times. "I thought to myself, 'Yeah, I should probably get out of here,' " Mittelstadt joked following the Sabres' optional morning s…

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DENVER — When you step back from the disappointment of Thursday's 5-4 shootout loss in Chicago, the Buffalo Sabres had one major component of their game they had to like. Their top line of Jeff Skinner-Jack Eichel-Sam Reinhart had no goals in the game but was certainly active with 10 shots on goal and 17 shot attempts. But it was the rest of the roster that got things d…

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CHICAGO — There's not going to be any Stanley Cup celebration in the Windy City and, for the second straight spring, it's looking like there won't be any playoff games at all. The Chicago Blackhawks have been one of the NHL's most up-and-down teams all season but it looked like they had things solved last month when they roared back from last place in the Western Confer…

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A lower-body injury kept Casey Mittelstadt out of the Buffalo Sabres' lineup Friday night against the New York Rangers, but the rookie center is making progress toward a return. Mittelstadt, 20, practiced Thursday after sitting out a win over the New York Islanders on Tuesday and participated in the Sabres' morning skate in KeyBank Center ahead of Friday's game against …

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It's fairly well-known who Jack Eichel's top friends are around the NHL. They all have backgrounds from the Boston area or the U.S. National Development Team. Think names such as Calgary's Noah Hanifin and Johnny Gaudreau, Toronto's Auston Matthews and Detroit's Dylan Larkin. The one player Eichel has developed a tight bond with since his NHL career began – and whom he …

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Casey Mittelstadt sat quietly at his spot in the home dressing room in KeyBank Center and looked over to his left, where a dozen reporters were gathered around Jack Eichel. Mittelstadt, a 20-year-old center for the Buffalo Sabres, had just left the ice following an exhaustive post-practice skate with his fellow rookie teammates – additional work to get young players acc…

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For Casey Mittelstadt, the season has to be looked at in baby steps. He spent his bye week and All-Star break feeling better about how things are going. Two goals in six games will do that. Mittelstadt has been up and down in the Buffalo Sabres' lineup. Being a No. 2 center in the NHL has proved daunting at times, too daunting to the point he's spent some games down in …

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Casey Mittelstadt was almost sabotaged by his Buffalo Sabres teammates. As the 20-year-old rookie center participated in the shootout portion of the Sabres Skills Challenge on Sunday, players from the opposing team shot 10 pucks down the ice to try to prevent him from scoring. Mittelstadt still managed to stick handle the puck between his legs and beat Carter Hutton to …

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

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Casey Mittelstadt heard the roar of the KeyBank Center crowd for a split-second before exhaustion forced him to skate to the bench for a break. Mittelstadt, Kyle Okposo and Conor Sheary -- the Buffalo Sabres' second line -- had just controlled the puck in the offensive zone for over a minute during a shift in the first period. "Right as they started cheering I hit a wal…

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Casey Mittelstadt doesn't have to go far for advice. The man who sits to his right in the Buffalo Sabres' locker room can relate to what Mittelstadt is experiencing during his first full season in the NHL. Like Mittelstadt, Sabres winger Kyle Okposo was 19 years old when he broke into the league with the New York Islanders. He struggled to adapt to the nuances of playin…

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PITTSBURGH – Punching both fists forward in celebration while holding his stick high in the air, Jack Eichel screamed "Yes, yes, yes!" toward the Sabres' bench. Eichel, the 22-year-old captain drafted second overall by Buffalo four summers ago, had just scored 45 seconds into overtime to complete a 5-4 comeback win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Mon…

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PITTSBURGH -- Casey Mittelstadt and Rasmus Dahlin each have their quirks. Mittelstadt is the messy one of the house, while Dahlin drowns out the sound of the television by playing music all day. They troll each other on social media, talk trash following games of Fortnite and grab dinner post-practice. Though the Sabres have little free time during this late-fall slog, …

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WINNIPEG — When Casey Mittelstadt left for the first time, his parents, Tom and Dede, would make frequent trips to Green Bay from the family's home in Minnesota to check on their oldest son. When Mittelstadt's hockey journey brought him to Buffalo for his first NHL training camp in August, again, his parents made the trip to make sure their 19-year-old son was settled. …