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It's fairly well-known who Jack Eichel's top friends are around the NHL. They all have backgrounds from the Boston area or the U.S. National Development Team. Think names such as Calgary's Noah Hanifin and Johnny Gaudreau, Toronto's Auston Matthews and Detroit's Dylan Larkin. The one player Eichel has developed a tight bond with since his NHL career began – and whom he …

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SAN JOSE — Jack Eichel's first All-Star Game last year in Tampa was a solo act, as he was the only member of the Buffalo Sabres at the NHL's midseason classic. Meanwhile, Jeff Skinner's previous appearance in 2011 came with Carolina teammate Eric Staal and was at home. Getting the chance to play together in Saturday's 3-on-3 tournament and marvel at each other's accompl…

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SAN JOSE – In baseball, all these numbers have become pretty mainstream. Think of how MLB's Statcast has changed how you watch and talk about the game. There's launch angle and exit velocity. Average pitch velocity and spin rate. Catch probability too. It can be right there for you during the action. Perhaps not so much on television, although MLB Network's recap shows …

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SAN JOSE — Jack Eichel took over the lead with an impressive lap in the Fastest Skater competition Friday night at the NHL's All-Star Skills Challenge, but there was one more skater left. It was two-time defending champion Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers. And McDavid, taken first overall and one pick ahead of Eichel in the 2015 NHL Draft, made it a three-peat. …

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SAN JOSE — No word yet. That was the verdict from the NHL on Friday about next year's schedule of international games, as rumors continue to circulate that the Buffalo Sabres are a prime candidate to play two regular-season games in November in Stockholm, Sweden. As previously announced, commissioner Gary Bettman reconfirmed that the league has plans for a season ope…

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SAN JOSE – Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres and two-time defending champion Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers are among the entrants in the Fastest Skater competition for the All-Star Skills Challenge, the NHL announced Friday afternoon. Sabres winger Jeff Skinner will be in the Puck Control event. The six-event challenge in SAP Center begins at 9:30 EST and will b…

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SAN JOSE – Out here in the land of Google, where algorithms are king, it seems appropriate there's plenty of talk about number crunching at the NHL All-Star Game. It starts with the new hometown hero, defenseman Erik Karlsson. Will he stay with the hometown Sharks or will he go? It seemed like a bad fit the first two months of the season, but lately Karlsson has been as…

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SAN JOSE -- Jack Eichel says he's reaching a comfort zone as a captain. Over the next 2 1/2 months, we're going to see how much impact he can have to correct course for his skidding team. The All-Star break has come at an excellent time for the Sabres, who have careened from the top of the NHL to out of the playoffs in just 23 games. But Eichel was upbeat here Thursday …

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SAN JOSE – Buffalo Sabres rookie defenseman Rasmus Dahlin and winger Jeff Skinner each placed second in a category as the Professional Hockey Writers Association announced its midseason awards Thursday in conjunction with the start of All-Star Weekend. Dahlin finished second in the midseason balloting for the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year to Vancouver's Elias Pett…

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SAN JOSE  — Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner will be in Silicon Valley making their second career appearances in the NHL All-Star Game Saturday night, and their first as teammates. And in an up-and-down season for their team, it's another small sign of the Buffalo Sabres having more impact on the NHL scene. With Eichel and Skinner in the game, the Sabres will have more than…

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There's been so much consternation about rosters for the All-Star Game this year that one thing is certain: Fans care about it. They want to watch. There's an odd amount of get-rid-of-it sniping from Canadian media, almost as if it's a gimmick that's beneath them. Please. Of course it's a gimmick. It's a skills competition one night followed by a 3-on-3 tournament the n…

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Jeff Skinner thanks you. The Buffalo Sabres' winger has had a sensational season but he knows his second trip to the NHL All-Star Game is rooted in the desire of fans to see him in the game, as they made him the winner of the Atlantic Division slot in the league's "Last Men In" vote. Speaking with The Buffalo News, WGR Radio and Sabres.com late Friday…

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RALEIGH, N.C. – It's a big homecoming tonight for Buffalo Sabres winger Jeff Skinner and he will play against the Carolina Hurricanes for the first time on the heels of becoming an All-Star. Skinner has won the Atlantic Division's Last Men In vote, the NHL announced at noon, and will join Jack Eichel in the All-Star Game Jan. 26 in San Jose. Also chosen were Pittsburgh'…

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For the second straight year, Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel is an All-Star. For now at least, Jeff Skinner is not joining him in San Jose. Eichel has been selected as the Sabres' lone representative to the Atlantic Division team for the NHL All-Star Game, to be played for the fourth straight year as a 3-on-3 tournament Jan. 26 at SAP Center. But Skinner still has a…

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Jack Eichel, Jeff Skinner, Rasmus Ristolainen and Rasmus Dahlin are all on the ballot representing the Buffalo Sabres as fan voting has opened for the divisional captains for the NHL All-Star Game, slated for Jan. 26 in San Jose. Fan balloting determines the captain for each division and the Buffalo representatives figure to have a tough time outpointing the likes of Bo…