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The Sabres are desperate to add some depth at center, both to try to salvage this season and move into next year. The one guy this corner has had in mind for a while is Minnesota's Charlie Coyle, who is signed through next year at a very reasonable $3.2 million cap hit. The Wild are teetering on the edge of the playoffs and might not make it in the West with the way St.…

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Sam Reinhart helped change the narrative for the Buffalo Sabres with one shot Tuesday night. Reinhart, skating in alone during the third shootout round in KeyBank Center, released a shot hard enough that the puck rolled slowly through Devan Dubnyk to cross the goal line. Linus Ullmark proceeded to stop Zach Parise at the other end of the ice to clinch the Sabres' 5-4 wi…

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Phil Housley blew up his forward lines for the second time in three days, and his latest experiment yielded an important goal in the third period Tuesday night. But mixing and matching personnel did little to address his team's poor defensive play. The Buffalo Sabres allowed the tying goal with 1:37 remaining in regulation but beat the Minnesota Wild, 5-4, in a shootout…

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Since the Minnesota Wild entered the NHL in 2000, they have staged a completely backwards head-to-head matchup with the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres are just 2-8-1 against Minnesota in KeyBank Center and have lost five straight – but are 8-4 when taming the Wild in XCel Energy Center. The Sabres posted a 3-2 win in Minnesota on Nov. 17 in the fifth game of their 10-game w…

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SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Word has circulated around the NHL about what Phil Housley is building in Buffalo. In only six weeks, the Sabres have developed a reputation of hanging around in games before their skill eventually takes over. After completing a morning skate Saturday morning at Xcel Energy Center, Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau cautioned reporters of that chang…

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SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Rasmus Dahlin had just scored the tying goal and assisted on another in an unprecedented comeback win for the Sabres, yet the rookie defenseman expressed frustration over his play in the defensive zone. "Offensively, I think so," Dahlin said when asked if Buffalo's 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild Saturday at Xcel Energy Center was his best perfor…

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SAINT PAUL, Minn. — While this season already has  given the Sabres years worth of lessons, there was some curiosity as to how they would respond to playing two road games in under 24 hours against two of the Western Conference's best. They passed the test in a way few expected. The Sabres overcame a two-goal, first-period deficit, and Jason Pominville's backhander with…

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SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Amid a four-game winning streak that's included poor play for long stretches, Sabres coach Phil Housley made another change to try to address some issues on the blue line. Defenseman Casey Nelson will replace Nathan Beaulieu in Buffalo's lineup for the 6 p.m. puck drop tonight against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Also, backup goalie Linu…

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WINNIPEG — When Casey Mittelstadt left for the first time, his parents, Tom and Dede, would make frequent trips to Green Bay from the family's home in Minnesota to check on their oldest son. When Mittelstadt's hockey journey brought him to Buffalo for his first NHL training camp in August, again, his parents made the trip to make sure their 19-year-old son was settled. …

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Tyler Ennis is returning to the Atlantic Division. Ennis, a 5-9 forward who spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Buffalo Sabres, signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday. The deal is worth $650,000. Ennis had the final year of his contract bought out by Minnesota. The Wild acquired him in a trade with the Sabres last summer th…

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The second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs opens this week and the games should be great. We're talking heavyweight matchups. Pittsburgh-Washington. Winnipeg-Nashville. Tampa Bay against Boston or Toronto. And there's the Pacific battle between Vegas and San Jose. Every time people say the Golden Knights are just too raw to keep winning, they go and do it. That four-g…

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Buffalo Sabres lost Rasmus Ristolainen for more than 50 minutes Thursday night and you wonder if they might lose their No. 1 defenseman for even longer than that. All on a play that was originally called a two-minute minor and probably shouldn't have gone past that. Ristolainen hit Minnesota's Mikko Koivu going across the middle midway through …

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- That transition from outdoor hockey to the good ol' indoors didn't go so well for the Buffalo Sabres here Thursday night. Winger Nino Niederreiter returned from injury and poured in a hat trick over the first 24 minutes as the Minnesota Wild cruised to a 6-2 rout of Buffalo before 19,017 in XCel Energy Center. Niederreiter opened the scoring at 1:0…

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- As road rinks go, XCel Energy Center has been a friendly one for the Buffalo Sabres over the years and they're here in frigid Minnesota to start a three-game road trip Thursday night against the Minnesota Wild. Faceoff is shortly after 8 p.m. Eastern on MSG and WGR Radio, with Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray on the call. The Sabres have points in nine of the…

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Buffalo Sabres are in the midst of a rugged stretch of road games and no team they will be facing has been hotter at home lately than the Minnesota Wild. The Wild are 10-1-1 in their last 12 games at XCel Energy Center, where they host the Sabres Thursday night. They're coming off a 5-1 bludgeoning of the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, a game that s…