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Jeff Skinner scored a goal Tuesday night. Imagine that being big news for the first 4 1/2 months of this season. For much of that time Skinner was battling Washington's Alexander Ovechkin for the NHL lead in goals. But much like his team, Skinner's season fell off a cliff. He got his 38th of the season in the second period of Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predator…

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A better effort, the same result. The Buffalo Sabres stayed with one of the top teams in the Western Conference for much of the game Tuesday night but Ryan Johansen's tie-breaking goal with 13:28 left gave the Nashville Predators a 3-2 win over the bedraggled Blue and Gold before an announced crowd of 16,569 in KeyBank Center. The Sabres (31-39-10) have lost three st…

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It's Game 80, as in three from the end. It's Home Game 40, as in two from the end. The Buffalo Sabres continue to play out the string Tuesday night in KeyBank Center against the Nashville Predators, and it's really the last time the Sabres can have any impact this year on the playoff race as their last two games are against fellow Eastern Conference lowlights Detroit an…

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NASHVILLE – A home team finally broke through in a game between the Buffalo Sabres and Nashville Predators. A six-game winning streak by the visitors in the series came to an end Monday as the Predators handed the Sabres a 2-1 defeat in Bridgestone Arena. Kevin Fiala's snapshot from the left circle with 3:26 left in the second period snapped a tie and proved to be the g…

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NASHVILLE – When he was first asked Monday about his three seasons in the Music City, Buffalo Sabres goalie Carter Hutton joked that his biggest memory was getting coffee for Predators starting goalie Pekka Rinne. But turning serious, Hutton has always enjoyed coming back here to face his former teammate and close friend. They manned opposite nets Monday night in Bridge…

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NASHVILLE – The Buffalo Sabres just battled with the top team in the East in the Tampa Bay Lightning and their arduous chore Monday night is to face the best in the West. The Sabres will meet the depleted Nashville Predators amidst the howling, singing, chanting throng of Bridgestone Arena in the front half of a brutal set of back-to-back games. The game starts at 8 p.m…

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NASHVILLE – There will be plenty of talent on the ice Monday night in Bridgestone Arena but who will be missing is going to be a major subplot to the Buffalo Sabres' game against the Nashville Predators. The Predators are riddled with injuries. Both of their top-line wingers, Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg, are going to be out weeks with upper-body ailments while t…

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TORONTO – Victor Antipin's season is likely over. Scott Hartnell's continues uninterrupted and the Buffalo Sabres are thus very unhappy with the NHL's version of justice. The Sabres announced Sunday that Antipin is out indefinitely with a concussion, broken nose and dental issues suffered when he was plummeted into the boards from behind by Hartnell Saturday night in Na…

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NASHVILLE -- Likely to the surprise of no one in the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room, Predators forward Scott Hartnell pleaded innocence late Saturday night over the hit that sent defenseman Victor Antipin off the ice on a stretcher. "I was on the forecheck, saw the guy reverse the puck. (The hit) wasn't late," Hartnell told Nashville reporters. "I just tried to rub him o…

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NASHVILLE -- Responding to the sight of a fallen teammate in a big way, the Buffalo Sabres exploded with three power-play goals on a major penalty late in the second period and went on to surprise the Nashville Predators, 7-4, Saturday night in Bridgestone Arena. Rookie defenseman Victor Antipin left the ice on a stretcher with 5:51 left in the middle period after being…

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NASHVILLE – A little more than nine months ago, Casey Mittelstadt was a wide-eyed 18-year-old getting shown the red carpet by the NHL in advance of the draft. He was on the top prospects' annual trip to Game Four of the Stanley Cup final and it landed him in the Music City. Predators-Penguins. The roars inside Bridgestone Arena. The thousands mobbing Broadway outside. H…

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NASHVILLE – Talk about a test. The Buffalo Sabres are in the Music City to face the NHL's top team and there is plenty at stake for the Nashville Predators during tonight's 8 p.m. game in Bridgestone Arena. On the day of the Final Four, here's one way to think of it: It's not 1-16. It's 1-31. Here are Five Things to Know about the matchup of the NHL' s best team and the…

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The Nashville Predators are no flash in the pan. They've been building, building and building to the point where they're now the best team in the NHL and a favorite to win the Stanley Cup come June. The Preds, you may recall, were two wins away last spring before the Pittsburgh Penguins dashed the dreams of "HockeyTonk," the party staged by fans inside Bridgestone Arena…

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There are games that are challenges and then there are games that are Challenges and note the capital letter there. That's what the Buffalo Sabres face Monday night in KeyBank Center when they take on the defending Western Conference champion Nashville Predators. Faceoff is at 7 p.m. and the game will be on MSG. The Preds are atop the Presidents Trophy race with a 47-14…

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Evander Kane has to rate as one of the most complex personalities to ever walk through the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room. But his time here was clearly over. Having watched his first two games with the San Jose Sharks, you're blown away by what he could mean to a good team, especially what he could bring to a playoff run. This corner has so many thoughts on Kane that th…