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SUNRISE, Fla. — When their team's latest disgrace was over, Buffalo Sabres owner/CEO Terry Pegula, owner/President Kim Pegula and General Manager Jason Botterill grimly and briskly walked together through a hall in BB&T Center and into a room in the team's dressing room tunnel. The owners live in nearby Boca Raton and don't always get to see the team in person. Well…

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WASHINGTON — In his pregame briefing with reporters late Friday afternoon, Sabres coach Phil Housley confirmed his lineup decisions for tonight's game against the Washington Capitals that were clear from practice here on Thursday. On defense, Jake McCabe and Lawrence Pilut are back while Brendan Guhle and Matt Hunwick will sit. Up front, Remi Elie will enter the lineup …

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The Buffalo Sabres' defense could be closer to full strength when they return to Washington for a Friday prime-time matchup against the Capitals in Capital One Arena. Jake McCabe and Lawrence Pilut, both on injured reserve, could return to the lineup either Friday against the Capitals or Saturday when the Sabres host the Anaheim Ducks in KeyBank Center, coach Phil Housl…

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DETROIT -- Jake McCabe's explicit goals, in no particular order, are to block shots, shut down the opposing top line and antagonize whoever gets in his way. He lives to get under an opponent's skin, and McCabe, a 25-year-old defenseman for the Buffalo Sabres, has accomplished all three with more consistency this season than at any point since being drafted in the second…

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When an ill-timed rush by a Buffalo Sabres defenseman leads to a scoring chance the other way, assistant coach Steve Smith will occasionally lean over from his spot on the bench afterward to ask why the player chose to join the play. Smith's willing to live with such mistakes, but he won't tolerate his group being passive. After all, the Sabres did not get a goal from a…

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The Buffalo Sabres are looking to start strong in November after wrapping up their best month in quite some time. The Sabres produced a 6-4-2 record in October, their best October points percentage since going 6-4 in 2011 and their best record in a full month since going 7-4-4 in March 2016. Buffalo finished the month on a five-game point streak, going 3-0-2, their l…

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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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It took them about 10 minutes into the first period but the Buffalo Sabres really got things revved up Thursday night in KeyBank Center. It was as if we were back in California again, still among the sun and palm trees and all the LeBron gazing. The Sabres were really good in Los Angeles and Anaheim but skeptics could rightfully sneer those two teams were just brutal. …

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Travis Yost has been involved in the world of hockey analytics for a decade and is a part of TSN's Hockey Analytics team. Prior to joining TSN, Travis 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 Sabres for The Buffalo News this season. Follow Travis on …

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Victor Antipin said he wasn't scared when he woke up from the hit that ended his season. “Who, me scared? No. I didn’t remember what happened.” Antipin was one of three Sabres defensemen who finished the season on the shelf -- joined by Zach Bogosian and Jake McCabe. His year ended in the most dramatic fashion of the trio, as he took a hard hit from behind by Nashvil…

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One of these days, the Buffalo Sabres will win their 1,000th home game. The question is when. The Sabres dropped their fifth straight home game Tuesday, suffering a 4-3 overtime loss to Ryan Miller and Anaheim. Buffalo has been stuck at 999 franchise home victories since beating Columbus on Jan. 11. Buffalo has lost the first four games of its five-game homestand. It…

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It will be a big week in the Big Apple and environs for the Buffalo Sabres. It's three games in six days, including a spot in the NHL's premier regular season showcase. Certainly the league and the Sabres were hoping that Buffalo was not going to be in last place in the Eastern Conference heading into this stretch but that's where the Sabres will likely be when they pla…

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The Buffalo Sabres are going to be out of town for much of the World Junior Championship, with Tuesday's initial set of four games one of the few chances they'll have to check out the action at KeyBank Center and HarborCenter. The tourney's opening is a flashback for many members on the team. Defenseman Jake McCabe, for one, captained Team USA to its 2013 title in Ufa, …

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The cherished moments worked both ways. For the patients in Roswell Park Cancer Institute and their families, it was a chance to spend time with athletes they watch on television. For the Buffalo Sabres, it was an opportunity to see the fighting spirit of sick children, meet adults going through tough times and shake the hands of selfless caregivers. The Sabres' holi…

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DENVER -- For one night at least, a lot went right for the Buffalo Sabres. They opened the scoring Tuesday and led for the first time in five games. A defenseman scored a goal -- a first on the season -- and it stood after a lengthy replay review. Evander Kane snapped a six-game drought. The team didn't have any broken spirit after giving up a pair of power-play goals. …