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After a tough start, the Buffalo Sabres answered with a strong push. And they secured a badly needed win with a spectacular finish. Captain Jack Eichel got the job done, connecting on a penalty shot goal at 1:09 of overtime to give the Sabres a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers in front of a sellout crowd of 19,070 Thursday night in KeyBank Center. Eichel was hooked o…

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Connor McDavid's annual visit to Buffalo was marked by his team being in a relatively similar spot as the Sabres. The Edmonton Oilers burst out of the gate in October, going 7-1 in their first eight games, but have been trying to find their game ever since. They hit town just 3-7-1 in their previous 11 and nearly became the first team in NHL history to blow a six-goal l…

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Matchup: Buffalo Sabres (17-17-7) vs. Edmonton Oilers (21-17-4) Where: KeyBank Center When: 7 p.m. TV: MSG Radio: WGR 550 Bouncing back: How do the Sabres recover from Tuesday night's collapse against Tampa Bay? Coach Ralph Krueger certainly set the tone during his daily media briefing on Wednesday. A 4-1 lead that became a 6-4 loss in a crucial division game was…

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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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EDMONTON -- Defenseman Colin Miller's first goal of the season was a timely one, coming 1:13 into overtime Sunday to give the Buffalo Sabres a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers in Rogers Place. Miller took a pass from Marcus Johansson and pounded a quick wrist shot past Edmonton goalie Mike Smith to give Buffalo the win in coach Ralph Krueger's first game here since he w…

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EDMONTON – Ralph Krueger isn't surprised to see Leon Draisaitl emerge as one of the NHL's top scorers. When the Edmonton Oilers' star was 20, he was a relative unknown playing with established standouts on Team Europe in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Krueger was his coach and looking to unleash the big German's vast talent. Speaking Sunday a few hours before meeting …

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Ralph Krueger's impact thus far in Buffalo has been plainly obvious: A strong use of positive reinforcement, a simple system that relies on instinct, a full attack on the puck and a defensive structure that keeps the field of view clear for the goaltenders. As a result, Carter Hutton and Linus Ullmark are making plenty of saves. But in the first two weeks of the season,…

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It seems that Jason Botterill never got to the offer stage with Todd McLellan to quickly wrap up the Sabres coaching search. Whether their chats actually got to that point or not, McLellan's Buffalo-or-Los-Angeles dilemma gave another window into the Sabres' continued recruiting issues after years of losing hockey. If you're a coaching candidate or free agent, the Sabre…

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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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Jason Pominville has seen the exhausting lows of a last-place finish and the exhilarating highs of a run to the Eastern Conference Finals while playing more than 1,047 career NHL regular-season games. Yet, the 36-year-old Buffalo Sabres winger had never experienced the horror of what occurred Monday night in KeyBank Center. With the tying goal on the blade of his sti…

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The Edmonton Oilers are still a longshot to sneak into the Stanley Cup playoffs. But they're saving face with a 5-1-1 burst and three straight wins to finish a nine-day road trip. Helps when Connor McDavid can put up five points in the last two games and make it look pretty effortless, too. McDavid has seemed frustrated at times this season. Who wouldn't be with what…

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Two transcendent talents have not been able to prevent the Edmonton Oilers from being harshly criticized around the NHL. They have fired their coach and general manager since the season began, continuing a dramatic fall from grace since Connor McDavid nearly led them to the Western Conference finals two years ago. Yet, their performance in a 4-3 win Monday night in KeyB…

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Say this for the Buffalo Sabres: They can relax a little tonight when the Edmonton Oilers are in KeyBank Center.  After all, they're not continuing their futile quest for a two-game winning streak. The Sabres are coming off Saturday's 5-2 loss in Toronto that dropped them to 0-10-1 in their last 11 games after a win. They're meeting an Edmonton team that's 4-1-1 in its …

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It isn't always about the 2015 NHL Draft when the Buffalo Sabres meet the Edmonton Oilers. Sure, Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel are putting up numbers for their teams as the top two picks from that year. But the Buffalo-Edmonton connection from 2014 is also proving to be prolific as well. Sam Reinhart went No. 2 in 2014 and Edmonton's Leon Draisaitl went No. 3 that y…