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Ralph Krueger tapped the blade of his stick repeatedly on the LECOM Harborcenter ice Thursday morning, signaling for the Buffalo Sabres to increase the intensity of their stride for one final lap before drills began. Krueger's demands didn't stop there. With the regular season one week away, the Sabres' coach saw this as another chance to push his players in training ca…

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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. Follow Yost on Twitter…

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The Buffalo Sabres have a chance to get rid of a pair of illnesses Wednesday night in KeyBank Center. They're sick of losing to the Toronto Maple Leafs. And they're sick of not being able to win two games in a row for more than three months. A pair of ugly streaks are at play here when the teams meet in what figures to be yet another quasi Leafs home game, with th…

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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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TAMPA -- Perhaps there is no more maddening aspect to the Buffalo Sabres' season than the way they've played against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bolts are the NHL's best team by a mile, 17 points ahead of Calgary and on pace to threaten the all-time record of 132 points set by the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings. But they struggle every time they see Buffalo. The Sabres w…

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TAMPA — The quest to find a right winger for Jeff Skinner and Jack Eichel continued here Thursday night and it was a familiar face for Eichel. Evan Rodrigues, who played on the same line as the Buffalo captain during the 2014-15 season at Boston University, got the call for the Sabres' game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Rodrigues entered Thursday's game with eight…

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Say this for the Buffalo Sabres: It's certainly not boring being around them this season. Thursday night's wild 6-5 overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in KeyBank Center was plenty entertaining if you didn't have a horse in the race. The Sabres twice overcame two-goal deficits, getting the game to overtime with 55.4 seconds left on Jeff Skinner's second goal of the…

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VANCOUVER — Evan Rodrigues has finally relaxed a little bit. That was not easy to do for much of this season. The Buffalo Sabres forward did not have a goal through the first 15 games and had only two through 39 games. Rodrigues was using his speed to earn scoring chances, but puck luck was not on his side. Through it all, the 25-year-old expressed confidence his fortu…

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You're never going to replace Jack Eichel. It looks like Evan Rodrigues is going to get the first chance to at least fill in for him Thursday night. Eichel missed the Sabres' practice Wednesday in HarborCenter with an upper-body injury, and coach Phil Housley said his star center was getting medical evaluation and still is considered day to day. But not being able to…

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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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A late flight back to Buffalo roughly 12 hours earlier led Sabres coach Phil Housley to make one change to his lines during Friday's practice at KeyBank Center. Tage Thompson, scratched in seven of the past nine games, joined Johan Larsson and Patrik Berglund on the fourth line, with Zemgus Girgensons rotating in. Housley said the change was made since a few of his play…

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MONTREAL — Defenseman Nathan Beaulieu was in the Buffalo Sabres' lineup for just the second time in eight games Thursday night and it was no coincidence. Coach Phil Housley said after practice Wednesday that Beaulieu's attitude the last couple weeks as an accidental healthy scratch has been excellent. And the coach was playing an obvious hunch as well: As a former first…

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The Buffalo Sabres will be holding a pregame ceremony Saturday afternoon in KeyBank Center to officially honor winger Jason Pominville for playing his 1,000th career NHL game Thursday night in Ottawa. Prior to the 2 p.m. rematch against the Senators, the team will be handing out 12,000 "Pominville: Population 1,000" placards to fans to mark the event. It will also offer…

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When the Sabres finished practice Monday in HarborCenter, coach Phil Housley chose which player was heading into the center circle to lead the final stretching sequence. "Papa," Housley called, as players laughed and tapped their sticks. Evan Rodrigues took instruction as his coach asked. Rodrigues was back at practice Monday after missing Saturday's game in Columbus…

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If Sabres forwards Jack Eichel and Evan Rodrigues took a quick look at the New York Rangers' bench Saturday night, they saw a very familiar face. Coaching his second NHL game was David Quinn — who was in charge at Boston University in the 2014-15 season. That was Eichel's lone season in college hockey and the year he partnered with Rodrigues and Rochester Amerks forward…