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So why do teams, fans and media spend all season fretting about the quest for home-ice advantage in the playoffs? So far this spring, it's proving to mean very little. Road teams are 40-35 in the postseason this year heading into Saturday night's Tampa Bay-Washington showdown in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final at Tampa's Amalie Arena. That includes a 19-13 mark s…

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While Tampa Bay and Boston continue to battle on the ice, the Atlantic Division is undergoing sweeping change. It was by far the weakest division in hockey this season – with four of the NHL's bottom five teams – but may not stay that way much longer. The biggest impact, of course, came from the draft lottery as the Sabres earned the No. 1 pick while Montreal won the dr…

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The place to take the scene all in Thursday night was the highest point of KeyBank Center. This corner is a big fan of the view from the press box, from where it's very easy to watch plays develop on the ice and equally cool to scan the stands. What we saw during this game was stunning. I've been going to Sabres-Leafs games since the 1970s in the Aud and there is no que…

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Jason Pominville is an alum of the days when the Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs played eight times a season. So what's gone on this year has been a head-scratcher to him. The Sabres play game 66 of their season Monday night in KeyBank Center, exactly five months after the campaign began. And it's the first time all year they meet the Leafs. But the longtime riva…

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Jason Botterill certainly wants to get at least a prize in the sky for Evander Kane. So how can you blame the Sabres' general manager for shooting for the stars and the moon? What TSN is reporting as the Sabres' latest demands, a four-piece return for Kane that includes a first-round draft pick, seems unlikely to actually take place by the Feb. 26 trade deadline. But al…

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Come Monday night, two of the Buffalo Sabres' trio of first-round draft picks from 1982 will be members of the Hockey Hall of Fame. One is current head coach Phil Housley, who became an honored member in 2015. The other is Dave Andreychuk, who will accept induction during this year's annual ceremony in Toronto. Housley's reaction: "Well, Scotty must have known something…

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – How did you spend your summer vacation? For Norris Trophy winner Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, one of the answers would be at a Buffalo Bisons game. Burns and nearly two dozen friends and family members showed up unannounced at the Bisons' July 1 game against Syracuse in Coca-Cola Field to celebrate a bachelor party for longtime friend and Toron…

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Optimism ran rampant on Twitter Wednesday morning, as the Buffalo Sabres were a serious contender to land coveted Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock, hours before he wound up choosing to go north of the border to the Sabres' rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Pegula Lovefest was unrelenting due to the pretty penny Buffalo would be willing to pay (in excess of $5 …

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Gearing up for what many deem to be the best sports day of the year, The Buffalo News sports columnists Mike Harrington and Jerry Sullivan team up to discuss the NFL Draft, the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight and the future of Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock. Current News sports features writer Tim Graham -- also the former president of the Boxing Writ…