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TAMPA, Fla. -- It's Game 81. The Sabres are playing out the string. The Tampa Bay Lightning are not. It's Fan Appreciation Night in Amalie Arena so the atmosphere should be intense, a good test to see how engaged the Sabres remain with the end of their season looming Saturday night at Florida. Here are Five Things to Know about the Sabres and Bolts: 1. It's a huge ga…

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Almost mercifully, it's the final game of the season in KeyBank Center. The Sabres and Ottawa Senators meet at 7:30 (thanks for nothing, Canadian television) in a Fan Appreciation Night game that will probably be more remembered for the Dominik Hasek bobblehead giveaway than anything that happens on the ice. Here are Five Things to Know about the home finale: 1. Bobb…

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TORONTO – For one final time – No. 4 in less than a month if you're Rasmus Ristolainen and Nazem Kadri counting them – it's the Sabres vs. Maple Leafs. The season series wraps up at 7 p.m. in Air Canada Centre. Here are Five Things to Know: 1. The season series The Sabres are 2-1 against Toronto this year and have won two straight meetings here, one last season an…

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NASHVILLE – Talk about a test. The Buffalo Sabres are in the Music City to face the NHL's top team and there is plenty at stake for the Nashville Predators during tonight's 8 p.m. game in Bridgestone Arena. On the day of the Final Four, here's one way to think of it: It's not 1-16. It's 1-31. Here are Five Things to Know about the matchup of the NHL' s best team and the…

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TORONTO – The Buffalo Sabres have 58 points while the once-woeful Toronto Maple Leafs have 97 and are rolling toward the playoffs for the second straight year. The teams meet tonight at 7 in Air Canada Centre, with the game televised on MSG. It's game 76 for the Sabres. Starting tonight, only seven more left over the final two weeks to mercifully end another lost season…

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It's not Tankathon II but it's close as the Sabres and Arizona Coyotes meet Wednesday night in KeyBank Center. The 7 p.m. faceoff pits the league's 31st-place team (the Sabres at 58 points) against No. 29 (Arizona at 59). But both clubs have been appreciably better in the last 20 games while Vancouver is collapsing with seven straight losses and a 4-15-3 mark in its last 2…

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There are games that are challenges and then there are games that are Challenges and note the capital letter there. That's what the Buffalo Sabres face Monday night in KeyBank Center when they take on the defending Western Conference champion Nashville Predators. Faceoff is at 7 p.m. and the game will be on MSG. The Preds are atop the Presidents Trophy race with a 47-14…

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Jack is back. Emily is visiting. So is Patrick. There's a lot going on today as the Sabres and Chicago Blackhawks meet in a 1 p.m. matinee in KeyBank Center that will be televised on MSG. Here are Five Things to Know about today's game: 1. Jack is back  After missing 15 games, Jack Eichel makes his return to the lineup today. He has 22 goals, 31 assists and 53 poi…

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Sabres vs. Leafs in KeyBank Center. And it should be just about over by the time St. Bonaventure tips off in Dallas and certainly by the time UB tips off in Boise. Call it the pregame show to tonight's historic double dip of Big 4 March Madness. It starts at 7 p.m. on MSG and the Sabres will be back in a game for the first time since Saturday's shootout loss to Vegas. T…

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For the first time since 2001, there's a new visitor in town today as the Vegas Golden Knights are at KeyBank Center for the first time, meeting the Sabres in a 1 p.m. matinee. The game will be televised on MSG. The Sabres have alternated wins and losses for five straight games and are coming off Thursday's shootout victory in Ottawa. Here are Five Things to Know about …

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OTTAWA – The word of the day is "putrescent." That's how The News' John Vogl described the Sabres' 5-1 loss to the Calgary Flames Wednesday night in KeyBank Center. The club has a quick chance to help erase some of the stench Thursday night against the Ottawa Senators in a 7:30 game at Canadian Tire Centre. It will be televised on MSG. The matchup with the Sens is th…

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WASHINGTON -- The Sabres had no morning skate Saturday in Capital One Arena as the building had a noon college basketball game between Georgetown and Providence, so coach Phil Housley's daily briefing won't be held until around 4:30. The Sabres are opening a back-to-back, as they will play Boston Sunday in KeyBank Center in the final game prior to Monday's NHL trade dea…

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It's another afternoon game for the Buffalo Sabres, and they hope to avoid more matinee madness when they meet the Washington Capitals today in a 3:05 start in KeyBank Center. The Caps are just 1-1-2 in their last four games while Buffalo is 1-2-1. Here are Five Things to Know about today's game: 1. Chad Johnson will be in goal for injured Robin Lehner The Sabres …

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OTTAWA – One of the few teams the Buffalo Sabres have an ongoing big run of success against is the Ottawa Senators and the Sabres get another chance to extend their dominance of an Atlantic Division rival Thursday night in Canadian Tire Centre. It's a 7:30 faceoff on MSG and Radio 550 with Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray on the call. The Sabres went 4-0-1 against the Senators …

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Get ready for some heavy hockey. That's what you can expect Saturday night in KeyBank Center as the St. Louis Blues hit town to meet the Buffalo Sabres. The Blues are 31-19-3 and third in the rugged Central Division,  just four points back of first-place Winnipeg and two behind defending Western Conference champion Nashville. This is St. Louis' annual fathers' trip and …