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Ralph Krueger's plan to fix the Buffalo Sabres began with a request for his talented forwards to sacrifice some of their offense. A run-and-gun approach crashed and burned under Phil Housley. Krueger implemented a defensive-zone structure that forced the Sabres to weigh risk versus reward. His thinking was that forming proper habits without the puck would eventually lea…

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The onslaught in the first period Monday night began with Jack Eichel's shot from in front of the net and culminated with Rasmus Asplund celebrating his first goal in the National Hockey League. New Jersey Devils coach John Hynes called a timeout and pulled his goalie, Louis Domingue, in response to the Buffalo Sabres' five goals during a 20-minute span in KeyBank Cente…

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Kyle Okposo did not need to hear a diagnosis to know something was wrong. He had become all too familiar with the symptoms of a concussion. The Buffalo Sabres forward knew his neck was an area of concern after he was hit in the head during an accidental collision with Ottawa Senators defenseman Ron Hainsey in KeyBank Center on Nov. 16. Okposo, who skated with the Sabres…

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Matchup: Buffalo Sabres (12-10-5) vs. New Jersey Devils (9-12-4) Where: KeyBank Center When: 7 p.m. TV: MSG. Radio: WGR 550. New look: When the Sabres concluded line rushes during the morning skate Monday, coach Ralph Krueger unveiled a significant personnel change on his top power play. Defenseman Henri Jokiharju, 20, quarterbacked the first unit, skating a…

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With 15 former Buffalo Sabres captains standing in a circle at center ice in KeyBank Center, play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret introduced the latest cornerstone of the franchise. Jack Eichel emerged from the tunnel to a raucous ovation, raised his stick in the air to salute the sold-out crowd of 19,070 and stood next to Gilbert Perreault for the pregame ceremony to …

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Ralph Krueger has only been in Buffalo for four months, yet the Sabres' coach received a raucous ovation when he was introduced to the KeyBank Center crowd by Rick Jeanneret during pregame festivities Saturday. Krueger's popularity likely grew significantly among Sabres fans over the 60 minutes of hockey that followed. His new-look Sabres, buoyed by a rookie winger and …

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Matchup: Buffalo Sabres (1-0) vs. New Jersey Devils (0-0-1) Where: KeyBank Center When: 7 p.m. TV: MSG Radio: WGR 550 Hughes return: Jack Hughes was the star attraction when the scouting combine was held in LECOM Harborcenter back in May. The 18-year-old center was drafted first overall by the Devils in June, returned to Buffalo for the Prospects Challenge a…

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What has been assumed for weeks was made official Wednesday afternoon by the New Jersey Devils: No. 1 overall pick Jack Hughes will be on their Prospects Challenge roster for this week's tournament in Harborcenter and will thus meet the Sabres in Friday night's game. Hughes, the slick-skating center from the U.S. National Development Team, had 25 goals and 100 points in…

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VANCOUVER – This was a four-hour show that needed to get done but it had nothing to do with the Buffalo Sabres' 2019-20 season. Now things start getting real. Sure, the Sabres added to their organizational goalie stockpile Saturday at the NHL Draft with 6-foot-6 Swede Erik Portillo. And it was funny to hear Jason Botterill talk about the "intel" they used to get the pic…

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VANCOUVER — The first two games of the Buffalo Sabres' 2019-20 schedule — and the Ralph Krueger era — were unveiled Friday afternoon and the team will be opening its season on the road on Thursday, Oct. 3 against the Pittsburgh Penguins in PPG Paints Arena. The home opener will be Saturday, Oct. 5 against the New Jersey Devils in KeyBank Center. Home openers for all 31 …

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Six hours after they started, as the clock moved past 1:45 a.m. on April 28, 1994, the Buffalo Sabres and New Jersey Devils were still on the ice in Memorial Auditorium. Dominik Hasek looked up at the shots on goal board on the facing of the balcony. It said the Devils had 70. Yes, 70. The game was still tied at 0-0 in the fourth overtime. "It was like two minutes be…

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NEWARK, N.J. – Evan Rodrigues and Sam Reinhart chose to be diplomatic in the aftermath of another gut-wrenching loss that continued the Buffalo Sabres' historic collapse. Neither gave their opinion on a controversial call. Phil Housley didn't mince words, though. The Sabres' coach was irritated that Reinhart's possible tying goal in the third period Monday night was …

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NEWARK, N.J. – The same mistakes that led to an epic collapse continue to haunt the Buffalo Sabres. They struggle when playing away from KeyBank Center, fail to clear traffic from in front of their goalie and allow too many quality scoring chances. Some bad luck also has followed them since their 10-game winning streak. Sam Reinhart appeared to tie the score with …

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NEWARK, N.J. – The Buffalo Sabres have returned to the scene of one of their most disappointing losses of the season. They were still competing for a playoff spot back on Feb. 17, when they lost to the lowly New Jersey Devils, 4-1, in Prudential Center. That was the second loss in what turned into an epic collapse. The Sabres (31-34-9) have lost 15 of their last 18 game…

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NEWARK, N.J. -- Did you notice those pitchforks on the front of the New Jersey Devils' sweaters? You can just about stick them in the Buffalo Sabres' season. Unless something wholly unexpected happens in the next few weeks, it's readily apparent this club isn't going to the playoffs for the eighth straight season. Coach Phil Housley said Friday night his team played …