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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…

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Most of you have probably never found reason to go to Edmonton. Because of this gig, I have several times. Yes, it's cold. Really cold. But folks in Alberta are more than hospitable to visitors. It's always an interesting excursion. The West Edmonton Mall — with its water rides, amusement park and ice rink — is the largest and one of the wildest shopping experiences in …

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EDMONTON – Marco Scandella broke his stick in half over the left post of the Buffalo Sabres' net and skated slowly back to the visitors' bench in Rogers Place. That display of raw emotion, and his egregious mistake that led to Milan Lucic's second-period goal moments earlier, powerfully illustrated the state of the Sabres following an ugly 7-2 loss to the Edmonton Oiler…

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EDMONTON -- When the Buffalo Sabres lost by four goals in San Jose on Oct. 18, coach Phil Housley put his lines in a blender and those changes sparked a remarkable run, including a 10-game winning streak. Housley may be forced to make similar changes after the Sabres' 7-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers in Rogers Place on Monday night. Buffalo, now 23-17-6, has won only six…

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EDMONTON – Sometimes failure is the only way to learn. Casey Mittelstadt has come to terms with that harsh reality during his rookie season with the Buffalo Sabres. The 20-year-old center no longer is the best player on his team, and the NHL transition is arguably most difficult for young players at his position. His defensive struggles led coach Phil Housley to briefly…

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EDMONTON – If the Buffalo Sabres are to keep pace in the Eastern Conference, they will have to figure out how to win away from KeyBank Center. The Sabres (23-16-16) have only one win their last nine road games, and their final three games before the All-Star break are on the road, beginning tonight at Rogers Place against the Edmonton Oilers (21-21-3). Puck drop is 9:08…

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The Western Canada road trip was a rare bright spot for the Buffalo Sabres last season. They're desperately in need of similar success this year. The Sabres hit the skies for Edmonton Sunday, where they'll open their annual three-game trip Monday night in Rogers Place against the Oilers. The road has not been kind for Buffalo of late, as the Sabres are just 1-6-2 in the…

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So Ken Hitchcock says there's some fixing to be done with Connor McDavid. Things are going to get mighty interesting now in Edmonton. General Manager Peter Chiarelli's last desperation move to save his own job was to bring in Hitchcock last week after turfing Todd McLellan who, for the record, didn't give Milan Lucic a seven-year contract or fail to provide enough defen…

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They landed as teammates in Calgary in 1998. Phil Housley was 34 years old and on the back side of his Hall of Fame career. Steve Smith was 35 and his years as a physical defenseman had earned him three Stanley Cups — and one notable instance of ignominy — while a key member of the legendary Edmonton Oilers of the 1980s. For three years, they were together. Their sons p…