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Carter Hutton received a sarcastic cheer from the KeyBank Center crowd as he froze the puck in the second period Tuesday night. Less than three minutes later, Hutton was skating toward the bench. The Buffalo Sabres' goalie was pulled after allowing five goals on 13 shots, and his replacement, Jonas Johansson, didn't receive much help from teammates, either. With thei…

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Matchup: Buffalo Sabres (23-22-7) vs.  Colorado Avalanche (28-16-6) Where: KeyBank Center When: 7 p.m. TV: MSG Radio: WGR 550 Lineup mystery: The Sabres will be without defenseman Rasmus Dahlin (upper body), center Johan Larsson (lower body) and center Curtis Lazar (illness) tonight. Each is considered day to day and it appears defenseman Brandon Montour (lower body…

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The NHL playoff race entered the final week of the season on Monday. Not in Buffalo, of course, where the Sabres are out of the hunt for the seventh straight year and will miss the postseason for the eighth season in a row. The Sabres are at the opposite end of the standings, where their collapse to the finish line could have direct correlation to their success in the N…

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DENVER — Zzzzzz. Not much of note took place Saturday in Pepsi Center. The Buffalo Sabres lost another road game, dropping a 3-0 decision to the Colorado Avalanche. They had seven shots on goal through two periods and the final count was 43-18. That pretty much shows how competitive the Sabres were in this one. Colorado goalie Philipp Grubauer didn't have much to …

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DENVER — A quick shuffling of the defense pairs is on the docket today as the Buffalo Sabres play a 3 p.m. game against the Colorado Avalanche in Pepsi Center. As usual, it's on MSG and WGR Radio. With the Sabres facing two of the NHL's top seven scorers in Colorado winger Mikko Rantanen (85 points) and center Nathan MacKinnon (84), they will be pairing Rasmus Dahlin wi…

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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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The Buffalo Sabres apparently couldn't stand prosperity. Imagine that. Two wins in a row — two whole wins in a row — seemingly had a team that was the worst in the NHL last year feeling a little fat about itself. Kyle Okposo said he saw it in practice on Wednesday. There was sloppiness, not much attention to detail. It carried over. Thursday's 6-1 loss to the Colorad…

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The Buffalo Sabres lost the special teams battle Thursday night and it made a huge difference in the result. The Sabres went 0 for 7 on the power play while giving up two man-advantage goals as the Colorado Avalanche pulled away for a 6-1 win over Buffalo at KeyBank Center. The Sabres finished their opening homestand, the longest from the start of a season in franchi…

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A week later than most everyone else on the Buffalo Sabres, Johan Larsson got to play in his personal season opener Thursday night in KeyBank Center. After taking a shot to the leg in the Sept. 26 exhibition game in Pittsburgh, Larsson felt well enough to return to the lineup for the Sabres' game against the Colorado Avalanche. The twist was that Larsson, mostly a ce…

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DENVER -- For one night at least, a lot went right for the Buffalo Sabres. They opened the scoring Tuesday and led for the first time in five games. A defenseman scored a goal -- a first on the season -- and it stood after a lengthy replay review. Evander Kane snapped a six-game drought. The team didn't have any broken spirit after giving up a pair of power-play goals. …

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DENVER -- Four goals in one game. Imagine that. It was enough for the Buffalo Sabres to squeeze out a win Tuesday night. Evander Kane scored with 8:06 left to snap a tie and lift the goal-starved Sabres to a 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche. The win snapped Buffalo's four game-losing streak and its six-game losing streak in the Pepsi Center that dated just over 12 ye…

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DENVER — The Buffalo Sabres open the three-game Central Division portion of their road trip with a 9 p.m. contest Tuesday night against the Colorado Avalanche in the Pepsi Center (MSG, WGR Radio 550). The Sabres, of course, are mired in last place in the NHL's overall standing at 6-17-4 and have scored just one goal in their last four games. The Avalanche, meanwhile, are 1…

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At least on the ice, this has been a normal training camp for Jack Eichel. While his agents continue to work with the Sabres on a long-term contract extension, Eichel goes about his business getting ready for the season with workouts, quiet morning practice sessions and meaningless exhibition games. It's a far cry from last September, when Eichel was in the middle of a …

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The Buffalo Sabres tried to land college hockey's top player last summer but Harvard winger Jimmy Vesey opted for the bright lights of New York and signed with the Rangers. Now comes a report that the Sabres are apparently back in the market for the 2017 Hobey Baker Award winner this August. According to the Denver Post, University of Denver defenseman Will Butcher is s…