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Hunting pucks. Ask Kyle Okposo what the Buffalo Sabres' grind line has been doing through the first four games and that's his answer. Along with center Johan Larsson and fellow winger Zemgus Girgensons, the group may not have any goals yet as a unit but is driving opponents crazy. Captain Jack Eichel mentioned the line's importance to Wednesday's overtime win over Mo…

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It's awfully interesting that the Florida Panthers turfed coach Bob Boughner on Sunday morning, clearly setting the stage for Joel Quenneville to head to the Sunshine State. Jason Botterill dumped Phil Housley two hours later and Botterill has to know among the numerous sticky issues the Sabres have going forward, the Atlantic Division is becoming a big one. Think ab…

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UNIONDALE — It happened again to St. Cloud State on Friday. Sabres defenseman Will Borgen lived the nightmare in person last year. It seemed all too familiar watching on TV this time. There will be no Frozen Four trip to Buffalo for the No. 1 seed in the NCAA hockey tournament after St. Cloud State was upset by American International, 2-1, in the NCAA West Region semifi…

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Kyle Okposo speaks affectionately of the arena that die-hard hockey fans still know as Nassau Coliseum. What he fondly remembers about the building where he played eight of his first nine seasons in the NHL is the noise of the crowd that bounces off the low ceiling, and the stands that seem to hover immediately above the ice. Okposo also got familiar with the caverno…

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NEWARK, N.J. — Sam Reinhart dashed toward the blue line, braced for Rasmus Dahlin's shot and fell to the ice when the puck struck him. Dahlin quickly skated over to check on Reinhart, who stood up and skated to center ice before the Buffalo Sabres concluded a fast-paced practice Sunday in Prudential Center. Their playoff hopes ended with a 7-4 loss in Montreal one night…

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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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TORONTO – Kyle Okposo smiled at his stall in the Scotiabank Arena visitors dressing room Monday morning and uttered three words that would have been shocking hours earlier. "Ready to go," Okposo beamed ahead of rejoining the Buffalo Sabres for their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Okposo's teammates and coach expressed elation after he joined them for the morni…

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SUNRISE, Fla. – The Buffalo Sabres issued an update on Kyle Okposo's condition Tuesday morning and the news is not good. The veteran winger and alternate captain has been diagnosed with a concussion, at least the third one he has suffered since 2017, in the wake of his fight Friday night with New York Rangers defenseman Anthony DeAngelo. The Sabres initially reported…

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SUNRISE, Fla. – Kyle Okposo answered the challenge of New York Rangers defenseman Anthony DeAngelo on Friday night and the resulting one-punch knockdown is now officially a major concern for the Buffalo Sabres. Okposo, a veteran winger, has returned to Buffalo and get further medical analysis after taking a shot to the chin from DeAngelo during a brief fight in the thir…

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The Buffalo Sabres received positive news on the status of Kyle Okposo Saturday morning but were awaiting word on the availability of one of their defensemen. Okposo, who left for the dressing room and did not return following a third-period fight with Tony DeAngelo in Friday's 6-2 loss to the New York Rangers, did not suffer a concussion and was held out of practice as…

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The Sabres have become a great tease. Are they in the playoff race or not? Every time it seems like you write them off, they want to suck you back in. Case in point being Tuesday's 3-1 win over the New York Islanders. Full marks to Buffalo for beating the Metro Division leaders and the second-place team in the East. Gets them back in range yet again, just two points out…

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The New York Islanders are atop the Metropolitan Division and second in the Eastern Conference. They're 21-7-3 since Dec. 1 and 12-3-2 since the calendar turned to 2019. They've given up the fewest goals against in the NHL. They're in town tonight for a 7 p.m. game against the Buffalo Sabres. Not great timing for a Buffalo team desperate for points. "It's going to be…

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Viewing of the tape will wait until Monday. The talking was done Saturday. Then it was time to get back on the ice. There was no time for the Buffalo Sabres to brood over their implosion Friday night in KeyBank Center against the Chicago Blackhawks. It was just over 13 hours after the final horn of the 7-3 drubbing that they were back at it in HarborCenter. The Sabre…

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The Sabres scored five goals Tuesday night without Jack Eichel in the lineup. Kyle Okposo didn't have any. It's been that way most of the season. Okposo was far from a zero on this night, however. He started the game with Johan Larsson and C.J. Smith, dominated three New Jersey players in the neutral zone on the night's first shift to get the puck headed toward the offe…

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Kyle Okposo was back. The Buffalo Sabres winger's toe drag and wrist shot to beat Tampa Bay's Louis Domingue for the eventual game-winning goal against Tampa Bay on Nov. 13 appeared to be the latest step in a breakthrough. It was Okposo's fifth goal in 10 games and put him on pace for his first 20-goal season since he scored 22 for the New York Islanders in 2015-16. …