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One easy mindset to have about the Sabres for Deadline Day: Temper your expectations. Expect little and be pleasantly surprised if something significant happens. There's only a small chance the Sabres are going to emerge as a better team come Monday afternoon. The much more likely scenario is they're actually worse, given the potential of trades involving pending unrest…

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Ralph Krueger didn't make any significant strategic adjustments with the Buffalo Sabres missing Victor Olofsson and Jeff Skinner. In Krueger's opinion, any player on the roster can thrive by adhering to the principles he and his coaching staff instilled in training camp. Sam Reinhart, Conor Sheary and Henri Jokiharju made Krueger's vision a reality Saturday, as each sco…

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SUNRISE, Fla. – Ralph Krueger's plan was in jeopardy only 1:55 into the game Sunday night, when Evan Rodrigues skated slowly off the BB&T Center ice. Rodrigues, one of only 11 forwards dressed for the Buffalo Sabres, did not return after suffering an undisclosed injury at the end of his 40-second shift. That forced defenseman Brandon Montour to play forward, a posit…

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SUNRISE, Fla. – One breakaway could have changed the complexion of the game Sunday night in BB&T Center. The Florida Panthers' Colton Sceviour skated alone down the ice and his shot on net was stopped by Buffalo Sabres goalie Linus Ullmark, who was making his third consecutive start, to keep the game scoreless in the first period. Ullmark's teammates responded wi…

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Matchup: Buffalo Sabres (10-9-3) vs. Florida Panthers (12-6-5) Where: BB&T Center, Sunrise, Fla. When: 5 p.m. TV: MSG. Radio: WGR 550. Crowded blue line: Sabres coach Ralph Krueger used practice Saturday to "play with some looks" on the blue line. Rasmus Dahlin was reunited with Zach Bogosian, who could make his season debut against the Panthers. Colin M…

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The Florida Panthers played a super third period here Friday night, salvaging a point in what became a shootout loss to the Sabres. They were pedestrian before that and are clearly a work in progress under new coach Joel Quenneville. Fired 11 months ago in Chicago after a spectacular run that included three Stanley Cups, Quenneville brings instant credibility to a Flori…

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Linus Ullmark bailed out the Buffalo Sabres this time. Each of his teammates who spoke to the media inside their KeyBank Center dressing room late Friday night acknowledged that fact when recalling how they escaped with a 3-2 shootout win over the Florida Panthers. Ullmark stopped 41 of 43 shots during regulation and overtime, as well as each of the Panthers' two shooto…

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Jack Eichel and Casey Mittelstadt scored in the shootout to send the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Friday night in KeyBank Center. Johan Larsson, Kyle Okposo and Zemgus Girgensons were on the ice for each of the Sabres' two goals in regulation, and Linus Ullmark made 41 saves. Larsson scored with 30.7 seconds left in the second period, and def…

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Matchup: Buffalo Sabres (3-0-1) vs. Florida Panthers (1-2-0) Where: KeyBank Center When: 7 p.m. TV: MSG Radio: WGR 550 The Eichel show: Sabres captain Jack Eichel scored one of his more impressive goals Wednesday night against Montreal. The 22-year-old stickhandled around a defender in the neutral zone to create a 1-on-3 and fired a shot between two Canadiens to bea…

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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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SUNRISE, Fla. – There's never many people in the stands at BB&T Center and Florida Panthers fans are missing a lot when the Buffalo Sabres come to town because their club can't lose. The Sabres dropped their sixth straight game here, collapsing in the third period of a 4-2 defeat that was their third in a row and further put a dagger into their slim playoff hopes. …

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SUNRISE, Fla. – The Buffalo Sabres have a streak going. A losing streak. It's exactly what they couldn't have at this time of the year and it's come against two teams, the New York Rangers and New Jersey, that are not in the playoff hunt. But the Sabres were drubbed by a combined 10-3 score against those two clubs over the weekend to fall further into the abyss when it …

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Travis Yost has been involved in the world of hockey analytics for a decade and is currently 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 has been a consultant for an NHL franchise. He will be contributing breakdowns on the Buffalo Sabres for The Buffalo News this season. Fol…

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When Jack Eichel was not available take the faceoff with the game on the line Thursday night, Buffalo Sabres coach Phil Housley tapped Johan Larsson on the shoulder with 1:29 remaining in regulation. Larsson, typically the Sabres' fourth-line center, climbed over the boards and helped them escape with a 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers in KeyBank Center. A night that b…

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If the Buffalo Sabres are to become more than a one-month wonder in the NHL, they will need to start taking advantage of games against lesser teams, particularly the Florida Panthers. Losing Jack Eichel to injury made that obstacle more challenging, but the Sabres finally broke through Thursday night in KeyBank Center. Jeff Skinner scored twice, including a much-need…