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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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BOSTON – New Buffalo Sabres coach Ralph Krueger is expected to retain Steve Smith on his coaching staff for next season and has apparently settled on the first new member of the staff as well. Mike Bales resigned as goaltender coach of the Carolina Hurricanes Wednesday morning and is expected to take the same position with the Sabres, two sources confirmed to The Buffal…

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Jack Eichel has played in multiple international competitions for Team USA and had some solid moments this year at the World Championships in Slovakia before the Americans lost, 4-3, to Russia in Thursday's quarterfinals. Team USA went 5-3 and Eichel had two goals and eight points in the eight games. Fair enough. A good showing. But from the Sabres' perspective, the mos…

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In the Sabres' ultra-quiet search for a replacement to Phil Housley comes a new nugget today from TSN's Darren Dreger: Current Pittsburgh Penguins assistant and longtime former NHL head coach Jacques Martin is a leading candidate to take over for the deposed Phil Housley. Martin, 66, just completed his fourth season as an assistant in Pittsburgh and worked under Mike Su…

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A 10-game winning streak propelled the Buffalo Sabres to the top of the NHL for one day and offered hope to a fan base that has not experienced playoff hockey since 2011. Now, the Sabres' second season under coach Phil Housley could be defined by another figure: 197 minutes, 40 seconds. That is where their scoring drought stood after they were shut out for a third conse…

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Despite a remarkable 10-game winning streak early in the season and drafting Rasmus Dahlin first overall, the Buffalo Sabres' performance in March has mirrored that of their 25-win season one year ago. What unfolded Thursday night in KeyBank Center may have been worse than any of those meaningless games during their march to last place in 2018. The Sabres were shut out …

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In a season going nowhere, the Buffalo Sabres can actually complete a season sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins with a win tonight in KeyBank Center. Faceoff is 7:05 p.m. on MSG and WGR Radio. The Sabres have not swept Pittsburgh since going 4-0 in 2005-06 – Sidney Crosby's rookie year. They have won both previous meetings in overtime, with a Jack Eichel goal producing a …

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The belief that fueled the Buffalo Sabres' unprecedented 10-game winning streak and their ascent to the top of the NHL has wavered over the past three months. That seemingly unflappable confidence was replaced with an emotional rollercoaster, as a young roster tried to cope with the constant challenges of a playoff push. With their season on the brink Friday night in Ke…

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Great win, Sabres. Highlight reel stuff. A 2-0 mark this year against the suddenly vulnerable Pittsburgh Penguins, both wins in comeback fashion in overtime. Now do it again Saturday night. You have no other choice. If you want real meaningful March hockey in these parts for the first time since 2012, the Sabres have to show they have some mettle and moxie to survive…

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The puck left the blade of Brandon Montour's stick and hit the back of the net, salvaging what was one of the Buffalo Sabres ugliest performances since their 10-game winning streak ended in November. Montour, the defenseman acquired on the eve of the trade deadline, helped send the game to overtime with his first goal as a Sabre, and Conor Sheary scored the game-winning…

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The Buffalo Sabres are desperate for points. For them, there may no worse team in the NHL to be playing tonight in KeyBank Center than the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Sabres are 2-12-2 in their last 16 games against the Penguins, although they posted a 5-4 overtime win in November over the Pens in the midst of their 10-game winning streak. But they have gone just 1-8 in th…

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NASHVILLE — We have no idea how history is going to write the rest of the Buffalo Sabres' season in the wake of their 10-game winning streak. One thing we already know the run did was awaken a sleeping giant of a fan base, probably guaranteeing several more full houses in KeyBank Center the rest of the season. But what kind of success down the road does the streak fores…

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PITTSBURGH – Punching both fists forward in celebration while holding his stick high in the air, Jack Eichel screamed "Yes, yes, yes!" toward the Sabres' bench. Eichel, the 22-year-old captain drafted second overall by Buffalo four summers ago, had just scored 45 seconds into overtime to complete a 5-4 comeback win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Mon…

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PITTSBURGH -- The balance of power in the Eastern Conference seemed to shift slightly in the second period Monday night with Tanner Pearson's rebound goal past Carter Hutton. That revived the sold-out crowd at PPG Paints Arena and gave the Pittsburgh Penguins, one season removed from a second consecutive Stanley Cup, a three-goal lead. The Sabres responded with their fo…

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PITTSBURGH – Reeling from three straight losses, the Pittsburgh Penguins will again be without Sidney Crosby tonight when puck drops at 7 against the Sabres. Pittsburgh's also turning to its backup goalie and lost another key player, Matt Cullen, to a long-term injury. On the other side, Buffalo has won five in a row and a win tonight would give the franchise its first …