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STOCKHOLM – Hockey Hall of Famer Nicklas Lidstrom stopped by the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room Friday morning to meet the teen dubbed "the next Nicklas Lidstrom." Lidstrom, the Detroit Red Wings legend widely regarded as the best defenseman ever to come out of Sweden, chatted in Swedish with Sabres prodigy Rasmus Dahlin for a few minutes after the team's morning skate p…

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STOCKHOLM — The teen often dubbed "The Next Nicklas Lidstrom" got to meet the real one for the first time Friday morning in the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room at Ericsson Globe. Lidstrom, the Hockey Hall of Famer widely regarded as the best defenseman ever to come out of Sweden, chatted in Swedish with Sabres blueliner Rasmus Dahlin for a few minutes after the team's mor…

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DETROIT -- For several years, bad performances have carried from one game to the next for the Buffalo Sabres. Sometimes even from one week to the next week. And the one after that. That mentally pourous mentality is quickly going away. A dozen games into this season, the Sabres have yet to lose two in a row. Their response to tough nights has been significant. They simp…

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DETROIT – Sam Reinhart set up one goal and scored another Friday night while Linus Ullmark made 41 saves as the Buffalo Sabres dumped the reeling Detroit Red Wings, 2-0, at Little Caesars Arena. The Sabres improved to 9-2-1 by bouncing back from Thursday's ugly 6-2 loss in New York. They have yet to lose two games in a row this season. Detroit, meanwhile dropped to 3-8 …

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Tampa Bay and Montreal swung big and missed. Florida reeled in one big fish and lost another. Toronto did an extreme makeover. The Buffalo Sabres were one of several teams to play it cool. The Atlantic Division was top-heavy last season, with Tampa Bay, Boston and Toronto all hitting 100 points, Montreal at 96 and no one else over 90.  The top of the division still look…

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DETROIT — Perhaps pigs do fly and the world really is flat. Because the Buffalo Sabres actually closed their season by putting together a winning streak and winning a game on the road. The Sabres posted back-to-back wins for the first time since mid-December by clubbing the Detroit Red Wings, 7-1, Saturday night in their season finale at Little Caesars Arena. Jeff Sk…

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DETROIT — Thomas Vanek was watching from his couch Thursday night and he had the same feeling for Jason Pominville that everyone in KeyBank Center did. Vanek is in a similar spot as Pominville, a mid-30s player pondering his future and balancing the thought of another year with the Detroit Red Wings with the needs of his family. So he was thrilled to see Pominville, his…

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DETROIT – This is it. Game 82 of a lost season. The Buffalo Sabres wrap up a death march of four-plus months since the halcyon days of November Saturday night in Little Caesars Arena against the Detroit Red Wings. They're 32-39-10 for 74 points and thus the best they can do is 76, a mild improvement over last year's 62-point finish but a disappointment given preseason e…

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Only six games remain in another nonplayoff season for the Buffalo Sabres. At this point, they are playing for pride and are building towards next season. Three recent call-ups from Rochester will be on the ice when the Sabres face the Detroit Red Wings tonight at 7 p.m., and two of the team's regular defensemen are out of the lineup: Zach Bogosian and Rasmus Ristolaine…

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DENVER -- The Sabres played here Saturday under the watchful eyes of the Pepsi Center's massive scoreboard. Installed in 2013, it remains one of the behemoths of the league at 27 feet high by 48 feet long and was the first answer to Tampa Bay's 28-by-50 display that was erected in 2012 and has long been the league's gold standard. As the Sabres ponder a laundry list of …

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Linus Ullmark was sitting at his stall in KeyBank Center following practice Friday while Sam Reinhart stood across the home dressing room surrounded by reporters. Reinhart was explaining how he misspoke the previous night when it appeared he blamed Ullmark for a loss to Carolina and called the 25-year-old goalie "already one of the best in the world." While it is lik…

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For all the Buffalo Sabres' faults in Phil Housley's second season as coach, the franchise now possesses tantalizing offensive talent that can compete with the NHL's best. At times, that strength has been a weakness. Gifted offensive players such as Jack Eichel or Casey Mittelstadt have an unwavering confidence that they can make the most difficult plays. That has led t…

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The idea of a possible rift in the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room made Zach Bogosian laugh. No matter the public perception surrounding Sam Reinhart's postgame comments Thursday or the apology that followed, Bogosian and his teammates insisted they were as close Friday as they were at the end of the 10-game winning streak. They appeared to be anything but a broken team S…

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Phil Housley chose not to make wholesale changes following another defensive letdown Thursday night. The Buffalo Sabres' coach will start Linus Ullmark in goal this afternoon against the Detroit Red Wings in KeyBank Center. Opening faceoff is 1:08 p.m. The only lineup change is Tage Thompson will replace C.J. Smith, who has scored in two of his last three games for Buff…

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DETROIT – Jack Eichel was the first to greet Sam Reinhart at center ice after the goal that helped the Buffalo Sabres defy the odds. History wasn't on their side. Neither was the NHL schedule. This was their sixth game in nine nights, four of which were on the road. Yet, Reinhart's backhanded shot over Jimmy Howard's shoulder in the seventh shootout round extended their…