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The Buffalo Sabres have lost their last two meetings with the Ottawa Senators and face an unusual challenge when they visit Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday night. Attendance woes have plagued the Sens this season, but they're not likely to be nearly as pronounced Tuesday as Ottawa is planning a large pregame ceremony to retire the No. 4 jersey worn by longtime defensema…

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Where do the Sabres go from here? In Ralph Krueger's small picture, they hopped a plane and headed to New York for Friday's game in Madison Square Garden against the Rangers. But while the coach isn't entertaining any big-picture analysis of his season – and he's right to play it that way – the fact of the matter is the wheels are falling off to unspeakable levels again…

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The Buffalo Sabres can drive their fans crazy with their inconsistency, so it was about time we heard some of that feeling emerge from inside the walls of KeyBank Center on Tuesday. Coach Ralph Krueger said in the morning that it's bugging him to no end and General Manager Jason Botterill didn't hold back on the point early in the evening prior to the game against Color…

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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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Michael Frolik won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013, assisting on the Cup-winning goal by Dave Bolland in Game 6 in Boston. He knows what it takes to win. He knows what a winning locker room looks like. And in his month with the Buffalo Sabres, he’s seen this isn’t it. “In Chicago we had great, great guys and a great team,” Frolik said after …

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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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It seems clear from the words and actions of Jason Botterill and Ralph Krueger – and thus, by extension, Terry and Kim Pegula – what is the mindset of the Buffalo Sabres. Of course, they want to make the playoffs and snap the NHL's longest postseason drought. But as impatient as the fan base is and as cranky as the media can be (slowly raising hand), the general manager…

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Ten points out of a playoff spot with a crucial 10-game stretch coming. This is last-chance time for the Buffalo Sabres and they know it. Nine of the games are at home, beginning with Tuesday's matchup against the Ottawa Senators. The Sabres are 14-5-3 in KeyBank Center this season and need to continue to channel that kind of success to get back in the race. "The fan…

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When he was sidelined with a high ankle sprain for nearly two months at the start of the 2016-17 season, Jack Eichel drew plenty of inspiration from Kobe Bryant. A year earlier, Showtime released an 83-minute documentary entitled "Kobe Bryant's Muse" that took a deep dive into the career of the Los Angeles Lakers legend and paid particular emphasis to his 2013 rehab fro…

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ST. LOUIS -- As a boy growing up in Switzerland, Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi would watch the country's national team compete in the Winter Olympics and IIHF World Championship. The Swiss were never viewed as one of the global powers. However, Josi was among a generation of young players who witnessed the country's breakthrough in ice hockey. Switzerland up…

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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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NASHVILLE – When Ralph Krueger first arrived in Buffalo back in June, he acknowledged he would need to educate himself on how the National Hockey League had changed during his six-year absence. His learning curve wasn't as steep as some expected. The Sabres went 9-2-2 in October and entered Saturday having won five of their previous seven games. Krueger reached somewhat…

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Yes, there are outliers like Bill Peters in Calgary and Jim Montgomery in Dallas who were dropped for their much-publicized, off-ice issues. But what the rash of firings of NHL coaches (and the sacking of New Jersey General Manager Ray Shero) is again showing us is that you can quickly become a bad coach or GM if you have subpar goaltending. If Peter DeBoer suddenly hit…

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For two months, the power play was a main albatross ruining the Buffalo Sabres' season. It had become ultra-predictable, with players slowly moving the puck around or across the ice and seemingly the only mode of attack being one-timers from the flanks by Victor Olofsson or Jack Eichel. But a funny thing happened after Olofsson went down for several weeks with a severe …

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Carter Hutton hasn't won a game since October. Didn't win one Saturday either. He wasn't bad in the Sabres' sickly loss to the Vancouver Canucks. He wasn't good either. He was just there. There were major problems in front of him during what coach Ralph Krueger aptly deemed a "very painful unacceptable finish". Giving up four goals at home in the third period when a …