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So why do teams, fans and media spend all season fretting about the quest for home-ice advantage in the playoffs? So far this spring, it's proving to mean very little. Road teams are 40-35 in the postseason this year heading into Saturday night's Tampa Bay-Washington showdown in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final at Tampa's Amalie Arena. That includes a 19-13 mark s…

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It appears the goodbye for Robin Lehner was unlike the rest of his time in Buffalo: quiet. As the buzzer sounded to end the second period March 29, Lehner left the crease and joined the rest of the Sabres on the way to the dressing room. He never came back. His lower-body injury had flared up, and the goaltender didn't make another appearance in the room or at practice.…

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Buffalo Sabres backup goalie Chad Johnson, an unrestricted free agent, said he's interested in returning to Buffalo but has to be shown the team is willing to make changes. "I know I can be a good goalie in this league and I showed that when things were the way they should be," Johnson said at locker cleanout day Monday. "I have to see the change, whether it's through p…

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The Buffalo Sabres have two games left. Brendan Guhle, Casey Nelson, Nick Baptiste, Alex Nylander, Kevin Porter and Linus Ullmark have as many as 29 remaining. That's fine by them. After the Sabres close the NHL season Friday in Tampa Bay and Saturday in Florida, the organization will send the aforementioned players back to Rochester. The Amerks have five regular-sea…

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The NHL has changed the way it will handle coach's challenges for goaltender interference, but Robin Lehner figures there will still be plenty of gray and not a black-and-white implementation. The league will allow the NHL Situation Room in Toronto to issue the decisions for coach's challenges, and a former referee will be in the room as part of the decision-making proc…

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It's just Game 77 of 82 for the Sabres. For Buffalo, it's Casey Mittelstadt day. Here are Five Things to Know as the Sabres host the Detroit Red Wings at 7 p.m. Thursday in KeyBank Center. 1. The debut is here The whirlwind hits its next step for Mittelstadt. The first-round pick will make his NHL debut, continuing a nine-month tour in which he was drafted eighth …

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There will be a need for a daily report on the Buffalo Sabres' goalies the rest of the way simply because there are now three of them on the roster. But injuries prompted coach Phil Housley to lay out his plan for Friday night's visit by Montreal after practice Thursday. Linus Ullmark will get his third start of the season in the game and Robin Lehner, who has sat the l…

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The Buffalo Sabres' three-headed goalie is no big deal to Robin Lehner. He's lived it before and understands what the club is doing with prospect Linus Ullmark, even though it will likely cost Lehner ice time over the season's final weeks. "I got into the league the same way. Almost every goalie that gets into the league does it this way," Lehner said prior to the game …

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When Darren Pang was in Buffalo recently, the television analyst and former goaltender started walking toward Robin Lehner's locker stall. He gave a curious glance. It looked like an equipment store was having a going out of business sale. There were three sets of goalie pads leaning on the bench. Six gloves, five blockers and three masks rested on the overhead shelf. …

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OTTAWA -- There are two simple takeaways from the proceedings Thursday night in Canadian Tire Centre. You have to feel great for Robin Lehner. You have to feel terrible for Kyle Okposo. The Buffalo Sabres eked out a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators, twice tying the game in regulation and finally prevailing in a shootout as Jacob Josefson got the game-deciding goal --…

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A couple of hours after coach Phil Housley held his daily post-practice media briefing Sunday in KeyBank Center, the Sabres made a couple of surprise callups from the Rochester Amerks. It's uncertain what impact the arrival of defenseman Brendan Guhle and forward Kyle Criscuolo will be for Monday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Defenseman Marco Scandella, who mi…

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Coach Phil Housley said Tuesday he only knows Danny O'Regan from what he heard Monday when the Buffalo Sabres acquired the former American Hockey League Rookie of the Year from San Jose as part of the Evander Kane trade. O'Regan is heading to Rochester initially but Sabres center Evan Rodrigues has full knowledge of the organization's newest name. Rodrigues played with …

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The Sabres reconvened at practice Tuesday in KeyBank Center, and it was mostly the same look they've had much of the season. The only ones who were missing were Kyle Okposo, whose wife went into labor earlier in the day, and Evander Kane. Kane was traded just prior to the NHL deadline Monday and was the only player moved by General Manager Jason Botterill, who said ther…

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The Sabres returned to practice Tuesday and the only ones who were around Sunday that were missing were Kyle Okposo (wife went into labor) and Evander Kane (traded to San Jose). No one else was moved at the trade deadline by General Manager Jason Botterill, who said there were no takers for unrestricted free agents like Benoit Pouliot, Josh Gorges or Justin Falk. Goalie…

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ARLINGTON, Va. - Naturally, the Buffalo Sabres liked one of the signature officiating decisions from Thursday's 3-2 overtime win in Detroit. Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill was less than pleased. Blashill went off to Detroit reporters following the game due to the lack of a goaltender interference call against Jason Pominville on Evander Kane's wraparound goal that gave t…