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Do you believe now?  Sports fans tend to be exceptionally polarizing people and that doesn’t lend itself well to early season analysis. The bad teams are quite bad, the good teams are quite good, and everyone in between is going to be fighting all season for a fringe playoff spot. Or so we tend to react. But the win and loss column is always fickle this time of the y…

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The NHL must be one tough league. Ask Sabres goalie Carter Hutton about it. Hutton posted back-to-back shutouts last week, stopping all 72 shots he faced in wins against Dallas and Los Angeles. His rewards? The NHL only named him its Third Star of the Week – and he didn't even get to start in the next game after either shutout. It's a good bet Hutton will get back in…

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Most of what Ralph Krueger learned during his five years as chairman of Southampton F.C. cannot be applied to his role as coach of the Buffalo Sabres. Krueger spent most of his time in the English Premier League running the club's day-to-day operations, everything from building a culture within the organization to securing a sponsorship deal with Und…

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Ralph Krueger's impact thus far in Buffalo has been plainly obvious: A strong use of positive reinforcement, a simple system that relies on instinct, a full attack on the puck and a defensive structure that keeps the field of view clear for the goaltenders. As a result, Carter Hutton and Linus Ullmark are making plenty of saves. But in the first two weeks of the season,…

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It's six games into the schedule so let's not get crazy. And the scars of last season remain open wounds to fans. But this certainly feels different. We're seeing real live maturity out of the Buffalo Sabres. Confidence. Purpose. A plan. And the learning is almost immediate. Monday's 4-0 whitewash of the Dallas Stars had much deeper meaning when you study the way it …

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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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Rasmus Dahlin is 19. Let's repeat that sentence so it's clear to everyone: Rasmus Dahlin is 19. He's played 87 NHL games. Not 387. Not 587. Not 787. Just 87. Sometimes, that's easy to forget. Sure, he was a Calder Trophy finalist in June, and there's hope he will be a Norris Trophy candidate and a superstar probably sooner rather than later. Stats are glossy: He e…

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Like any coach, Ralph Krueger wants to ponder all scenarios. His first two games behind the Buffalo Sabres bench went about as well as he could have hoped. How was his team going to respond to its first bit of adversity? Krueger got some answers Monday night in Nationwide Arena and it was a mixed bag. The Sabres' first four points of the season were …

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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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PITTSBURGH — For Ralph Krueger, this was worth the wait. The old professor has said all the right things since the Buffalo Sabres surprised the hockey world by calling his name in May to replace Phil Housley. Thursday night's season opener was Krueger's first real game behind an NHL bench in 6 1/2 years. Krueger has been involved in major events like the Olympics and…

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The first five days of training camp are over. Buffalo Sabres coach Ralph Krueger and his coaching staff planned to spend Wednesday analyzing their first two preseason games. The film session provided them with a better idea of how they can better prepare the players to properly execute in all three zones. As important, the preseason games were Krueger's first opportuni…

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Twenty-four Buffalo Sabres formed a semi-circle around Ralph Krueger and simultaneously tapped the blades of their sticks on the KeyBank Center ice for several seconds. It was a welcome-back-to-the-NHL moment for Krueger. The gesture was the Sabres' response to their 60-year-old coach thanking them for their work during his first training camp practice in almost eight y…

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Training camps with a set roster are boring. Of course, those are usually the ones for good teams. Training camps such as the one the Buffalo Sabres are about to embark upon are wildly interesting. A team that hasn't made the playoffs for eight consecutive seasons needs to have open competition for jobs and bringing in a new coach will add to that process. Ralph Krue…

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The countdown is on to Ralph Krueger's first training camp as an NHL head coach. The Buffalo Sabres' new bench boss, remember, has been a head man for only one year in the league but that 2013 season with the Edmonton Oilers was the lockout season. There was essentially no training camp during the chaotic January, just a couple of practices to get ready for the opening gam…

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CHICAGO — Before you think about this season, there's plenty of relevance in probing how the last one ended for Jack Eichel. And that's not a reference to the Buffalo Sabres' miserable finish or the firing of Phil Housley. Eichel went to the World Championships in Slovakia, where he first met new coach Ralph Krueger to get started on building the player-coach relationsh…