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Sabres center Jack Eichel and coach Phil Housley both said that they disagree with the NHL Department of Player Safety’s decision to suspend the Sabres’ captain for two games after Eichel hit Colorado Avalanche center Carl Soderberg with an illegal check to the head late in the second period of Saturday’s 3-0 loss at Colorado. Eichel will miss home games against Dallas …

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Travis Yost has been involved in the world of hockey analytics for a decade and is part of TSN's Hockey Analytics team. Prior to joining TSN, Yost was a contributor at the Ottawa Citizen, the Sporting News and NHL Numbers, and he has been a consultant for an NHL franchise. He will be contributing breakdowns on the Buffalo Sabres for The Buffalo News this season. Follow Yos…

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TAMPA – Most of the NHL is fighting for the playoffs. Scrapping and clawing and doing everything possible to win a Stanley Cup. So why does it seem like the Buffalo Sabres are happy to be in the Participation Trophy Division? Embattled coach Phil Housley has to meet reporters every day. Twice on game days. He takes a lot of darts and plenty are of his own making. Man…

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SUNRISE, Fla. — When their team's latest disgrace was over, Buffalo Sabres owner/CEO Terry Pegula, owner/President Kim Pegula and General Manager Jason Botterill grimly and briskly walked together through a hall in BB&T Center and into a room in the team's dressing room tunnel. The owners live in nearby Boca Raton and don't always get to see the team in person. Well…

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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 …

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The best thing about the Sabres right now is they're getting out of town so most of you won't have to see them in person for a while. As somebody on Twitter reminded me during the first intermission of Friday night's 6-2 loss to the New York Rangers, the first period was the type of play where legendary broadcast analyst Mike Robitaille would have cracked that the Sabre…

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The Sabres have become a great tease. Are they in the playoff race or not? Every time it seems like you write them off, they want to suck you back in. Case in point being Tuesday's 3-1 win over the New York Islanders. Full marks to Buffalo for beating the Metro Division leaders and the second-place team in the East. Gets them back in range yet again, just two points out…

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Travis Yost has been involved in the world of hockey analytics for a decade and is currently part of TSN's Hockey Analytics team. Prior to joining TSN, Travis was a contributor at the Ottawa Citizen, the Sporting News and NHL Numbers, and has been a consultant for an NHL franchise. He will be contributing breakdowns on the Buffalo Sabres for The Buffalo News this season. F…

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Lo and behold, the Buffalo Sabres actually can play some defense. In the wake of Saturday's 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in KeyBank Center, the takeaway will be to see if that game is the outlier, the aberration in a group of performances that have been among the franchise's worst defensively in many years. There were plenty of sights for coach Phil Housley's s…

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Instead of looking ahead to a Saturday matinee against the Detroit Red Wings, the Buffalo Sabres spent Friday afternoon cleaning up the aftermath from a 6-5 overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. Sam Reinhart and Phil Housley each arrived for practice knowing reporters would ask them to clarify their postgame comments from Thursday, when Reinhart seemed to blame goal…

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Say this for the Buffalo Sabres: It's certainly not boring being around them this season. Thursday night's wild 6-5 overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in KeyBank Center was plenty entertaining if you didn't have a horse in the race. The Sabres twice overcame two-goal deficits, getting the game to overtime with 55.4 seconds left on Jeff Skinner's second goal of the…

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Viewing of the tape will wait until Monday. The talking was done Saturday. Then it was time to get back on the ice. There was no time for the Buffalo Sabres to brood over their implosion Friday night in KeyBank Center against the Chicago Blackhawks. It was just over 13 hours after the final horn of the 7-3 drubbing that they were back at it in HarborCenter. The Sabre…

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It's time for the Sabres to take some drastic measures. Right now. They are a broken team, probably lucky that they're only three points out of the playoffs. A quick winning streak can get them right where they want to be, but they haven't won as many as two games in a row in nearly two months. Do you get the feeling some big run is coming soon? Me neither. The sa…

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At the heart of Buffalo Sabres' talk over the last two months: How to turn the team back in the right direction? The hot-and-cold first half has been exhaustively discussed. From the opening of the regular season until Thanksgiving, the Sabres accumulated more points in the standings than any other team in the league. And since then, the Sabres have reversed course, acc…

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The Buffalo Sabres' power play has dropped to 21st in the NHL at 17 percent and the lack of offense with the man advantage has been a big contributor to the team's struggles in recent weeks. Coach Phil Housley tinkered with a four-forward approach in practice Monday that had Kyle Okposo joining Jack Eichel, Jeff Skinner, Sam Reinhart and Rasmus Ristolainen. The Sabres m…