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Former Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O'Reilly, who was traded last summer to St. Louis, has finally sold his Middlesex Road home – nine months after heading west. O'Reilly sold his four-bedroom house for $1.363 million to a limited liability company called 186 Middlesex LLC. The identity of the buyer could not be independently verified. The 5,600-square-foot custom-buil…

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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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Carter Hutton is back in the net today for the Buffalo Sabres against his old team and against the starter he backed up for the last two years in Jake Allen of the St. Louis Blues. The teams meet in a 5 p.m. faceoff in KeyBank Center (MSG, WGR Radio). The Sabres are looking to snap a seven-game losing streak, while the Blues are 5-5-2 since their 11-game winning streak …

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HAZELWOOD, Mo. – Ryan O'Reilly is in the middle of a playoff race, just as he hoped he would be in Buffalo but never got to experience with the Sabres. But when he got to St. Louis this season, things started out just as poorly as they ended in the 716. On Nov. 28, the Blues were tied for last overall in the NHL at 8-12-3 and had already fired coach Mike Yeo. The Sabres…

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SAN JOSE – In baseball, all these numbers have become pretty mainstream. Think of how MLB's Statcast has changed how you watch and talk about the game. There's launch angle and exit velocity. Average pitch velocity and spin rate. Catch probability too. It can be right there for you during the action. Perhaps not so much on television, although MLB Network's recap shows …

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The World Cup of Hockey won't happen in 2020 and that's a shame. There were plenty of skeptics 2 1/2 years ago who said it was simply a cash grab, and the merchandise and marketing end of things was admittedly a huge part of the 2016 tournament in Toronto. But more important was that it gave us great, memorable hockey in September, and that's rare. The '16 World Cup pro…

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ST. LOUIS -- You can't accuse the Buffalo Sabres of too much holiday cheer. Not the way they played in the first period Thursday night. The Sabres were skating well, hard on the puck and dominating play in the St. Louis Blues' zone. But they went to the locker room in a scoreless tie and any momentum they had was gone. St. Louis, the underachieving 13th-place team in…

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ST. LOUIS – Ryan O'Reilly doesn't feel down on his luck. Not for a second. After spending three mostly losing seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, the veteran center was traded to the St. Louis Blues on July 1 in what seemed to be an escape from NHL purgatory. It hasn't worked out that way. The Sabres had just finished 31st in the NHL, last in the league for the third ti…

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ST. LOUIS – There was lots of talk about life on the other side Thursday in Enterprise Center as the Buffalo Sabres and St. Louis Blues got back into gameday mode after the Christmas break. The teams meet in an 8 p.m. Eastern start that will feature former Sabres stalwart Ryan O'Reilly playing for the Blues and former St. Louis players Carter Hutton and Tage Thompson in…

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ST. LOUIS – Ryan O'Reilly will be in a familiar spot Thursday night in Enterprise Center, albeit against an unfamiliar opponent. He's on another losing team and again putting up big numbers. When O'Reilly's St. Louis Blues meet the Buffalo Sabres for the first time since the team's blockbuster July 1 trade, they'll do it with O'Reilly leading a club that has to be consi…

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So we're just over a week into the season and because it's only October, there's no need for any massive overreactions. Logic dicates that's true. But the season's first month is nonetheless a time to start drawing some conclusions and watching for trends. Remember the caveat we presented in our Sabres preview section through the math of Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman: S…

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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, Yost 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 Sabres for The Buffalo News this season. Follow Trav…

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Members of the Buffalo Sabres offered their support to former teammate Robin Lehner on Thursday after the ex-Buffalo goaltender revealed why his season ended prematurely last spring. In a chilling first-person story written for the Athletic New York, Lehner said he was diagnosed "bipolar 1 with manic phases" and then spent seven weeks at The Meadows, a suburban Phoenix …

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Ryan O'Reilly is ramping things up for his first season as a member of the St. Louis Blues. The former Sabres center joined several new St. Louis players, including former Buffalo goalie Chad Johnson, at the city's Ballpark Village on Sunday to join Blues legend Bob Plager in unveiling the club's vintage throwback jersey. Then he headed to Toronto for this week's elite …

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In a seven-paragraph message posted to Twitter Friday night, former Sabres center Ryan O'Reilly thanked the Sabres organization and the City of Buffalo for the treatment he received during his three seasons with the team. Wrote O'Reilly in part: "When I was traded here I had no idea what to expect. I was blown away by how much this city has to offer and all of the amazi…