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DETROIT — The Buffalo Sabres wrapped up a lost season Saturday night in Little Caesars Arena with a 7-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Now the focus shifts to fixing the mess of their eighth straight non-playoff campaign, and deciding if Phil Housley will get a third year as coach. A couple of hours prior to the season finale against the Wings, the Sabres finalized pla…

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DETROIT -- As much as he's tried to grind through the day-to-day schedule of practices and games, Buffalo Sabres coach Phil Housley knows his status has become a major talking point surrounding the team as well. It seems the determination of whether Housley is staying or going is coming in short order after Saturday's finale against the Detroit Red Wings in Little Caesa…

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As days in the life of Buffalo sports go, this was a pretty neat one. Follow along my 12-hour tour downtown. It started in the morning, with the unexpected sight of Jason Pominville struggling to keep his composure and politely excusing himself from reporters after the Sabres' morning skate when asked his thoughts on what was presumably his final home game. This was …

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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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Phil Housley and his Buffalo Sabres players were at a loss for words after one of their more bizarre losses during their free fall. Analytically, they were the far superior team in a 3-1 loss to the lowly New Jersey Devils in Prudential Center on Monday night. The Sabres had 20 more shot attempts during 5-on-5 play, and was better in nearly every other statistical categ…

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This latest debacle of a Buffalo Sabres season doesn't rest solely on the shoulders of coach Phil Housley. Or General Manager Jason Botterill. It's not the fault of Vladimir Sobotka or Marco Scandella or Rasmus Ristolainen either, no matter how many times fans want to take those three names in vain. Like the other derailed campaigns of the recent past, it starts at the …

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PHOENIX – If the Buffalo Bills end up with a new stadium, don't expect anything resembling palatial structures being built in Los Angeles or like AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. "I think the answer is probably a scaled-down version of some of these palaces that are being built around the country," Buffalo Bills co-owner Terry Pegula told reporters Tuesday …

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NEWARK, N.J. — Sam Reinhart dashed toward the blue line, braced for Rasmus Dahlin's shot and fell to the ice when the puck struck him. Dahlin quickly skated over to check on Reinhart, who stood up and skated to center ice before the Buffalo Sabres concluded a fast-paced practice Sunday in Prudential Center. Their playoff hopes ended with a 7-4 loss in Montreal one night…

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MONTREAL – It was less than four months ago that the Buffalo Sabres were on top of the hockey world. Seems like years ago. From first overall in the NHL after 25 games to out of the playoffs just 49 games later. It's the stunning epitaph to what rates as one of the league's historic collapses. The Sabres' fate was clearly written a few weeks before Saturday's 7-4 los…

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The Buffalo Sabres have a chance to get rid of a pair of illnesses Wednesday night in KeyBank Center. They're sick of losing to the Toronto Maple Leafs. And they're sick of not being able to win two games in a row for more than three months. A pair of ugly streaks are at play here when the teams meet in what figures to be yet another quasi Leafs home game, with th…

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More changes will be made to the Buffalo Sabres' roster this offseason. The only question is what sort of steps will General Manager Jason Botterill take to address their deficiencies. Entering Monday night's games, the Sabres had the second-fewest points (35) in the NHL since winning their 10th game in a row Nov. 27, scoring the fifth-fewest goals during that span. The…

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Carter Hutton is back in the net today for the Buffalo Sabres against his old team and against the starter he backed up for the last two years in Jake Allen of the St. Louis Blues. The teams meet in a 5 p.m. faceoff in KeyBank Center (MSG, WGR Radio). The Sabres are looking to snap a seven-game losing streak, while the Blues are 5-5-2 since their 11-game winning streak …

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There's no way Terry and Kim Pegula thought they'd be at this point. And Jason Botterill acted in astonishment when the subject was dared to be broached three weeks ago during his impromptu news conference in Tampa. But here we are. Again. The Sabres have been shut out three times in a row after Thursday's dreadful 5-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. It's the second…

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Casey Nelson wishes things went differently Saturday afternoon in Denver. Most of all, he wishes he had a better view of Nikita Zadorov's high hit on Jack Eichel because he says that would have prompted a different reaction from him. Nelson has endured a boatload of criticism for his lack of reaction to the play, where he simply skated over and stood next to Zadorov whi…

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Alex Nylander doesn’t know whether he’ll remain with the Sabres beyond Jack Eichel’s two-game suspension, but the former first-round draft pick intends to make the most of the opportunity. The forward, drafted eighth overall in 2016, has played just seven NHL games over the last two seasons, recording one goal and one assist. “I’m just going to play my best and obvio…