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UNIONDALE – The message was sent during pregame warmups. A solitary Buffalo Sabres fan in a white jersey pressed a placard with black letters against the glass behind the Buffalo bench. It said simply, "Fire Housley." The fan stood there for about 10 minutes, then quietly climbed the stairs with his card when the warmups were over. He might get his wish in four more …

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UNIONDALE — The New York Islanders are going to the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in three years. The Buffalo Sabres continue to count down to spring tee times for the eighth straight season. The Isles' 5-1 domination of Buffalo Saturday night in NYCB Live Nassau Coliseum clinched at least an Eastern Conference wild-card and kept them in the hunt for the Metro…

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UNIONDALE – It's a throwback night for the Buffalo Sabres and a big look to the future for the New York Islanders when the teams meet tonight at 7 in NYCB Live Nassau Coliseum, the name of the renovated home of the Islanders from 1972-2015. The Sabres are here for the first time in nearly four years, since a 3-0 loss on April 4, 2015. The Islanders, meanwhile, are tryin…

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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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The New York Islanders can clinch their first playoff berth since 2016 with a victory against the Sabres on Saturday night. Former Sabres goalie Robin Lehner equaled his career high in victories with 23 in the Islanders' 5-4 win against Winnipeg on Thursday night. He is 23-12 with a 2.22 goals against average. He was 14-26 for the NHL-worst Sabres last season with a 3.0…

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The margin for error was greater when the Buffalo Sabres captivated the hockey world with their unprecedented 10-game winning streak in November. Not anymore. Less than a handful of teams are out of playoff contention in the NHL, meaning every team is playing desperate every game. The Sabres learned that fact in a gut-wretching way by allowing four or more goals in eigh…

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Jack Eichel helped the Buffalo Sabres make the most of their few opportunities Tuesday night against the New York Islanders in KeyBank Center. Eichel assisted on two Sabres goals, and Linus Ullmark made 24 saves in a 3-1 win over one of the NHL's hottest teams. Buffalo, now 28-21-7, improved to 3-2-1 on the seven-game homestand and moved within two points of the second …

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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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Casey Mittelstadt left the morning skate Tuesday because of a lower-body injury and was out of the lineup against the New York Islanders in KeyBank Center. Mittelstadt, a 20-year-old rookie center, was a game time decision because of a “little bang,” according to coach Phil Housley, and did not participate in pregame warm-up ahead of puck drop. In his place, winger C.J.…

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The penultimate contest on the Buffalo Sabres' seven-game homestand comes Tuesday night, and the visitors are one of the big stories of the season in the NHL. The New York Islanders will be in KeyBank Center for a 7 p.m. game, looking to maintain their hold on first place in the Metropolitan Division, while the Sabres continue to desperately grab points in the wild-card…

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It's unclear how long the Buffalo Sabres will be without Jack Eichel. The captain and top-line center did not return after aggravating an upper-body injury in the first period of a 3-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Monday. Coach Phil Housley was hopeful that Eichel would not miss much time, however, it is a devastating blow to an offense that was already struggling …

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When the year started, Robin Lehner was in a bad place. Both on the ice and off of it. Now as the calendar wraps up on 2018, life is good for Lehner. So is hockey. And that was written in that order intentionally. A lot of you booed Lehner during his three years with the Sabres. He probably deserved some of the catcalls. He didn't deserve others, as he often had a lo…

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It was an unfortunate ending to another remarkable performance by Carter Hutton. The Buffalo Sabres' starting goalie made 14 saves in the second period to keep his teammates in the game after they lost Jack Eichel to an injury. However, Hutton's final start of 2018 will be remembered for the save he couldn't make in a 3-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Monday in KeyB…

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Secondary scoring is suddenly the least of the Buffalo Sabres' concerns. Now, coach Phil Housley and General Manager Jason Botterill may be without their captain and star center, Jack Eichel. Eichel, the Sabres' leading scorer with 49 points in 40 games, left in the first period with an upper-body injury and did not return in a 3-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Mond…

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Auld acquaintance will not be forgot tonight as the Sabres meet the New York Islanders in KeyBank Center — with former Buffalo goaltender Robin Lehner in the net for the visitors. The New Year's Eve game has a special 6:05 faceoff and will air as normal on MSG and WGR Radio. The Sabres, who are just 4-6-4 in their last 14 games, will be trying to shake off the disappoin…