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One easy mindset to have about the Sabres for Deadline Day: Temper your expectations. Expect little and be pleasantly surprised if something significant happens. There's only a small chance the Sabres are going to emerge as a better team come Monday afternoon. The much more likely scenario is they're actually worse, given the potential of trades involving pending unrest…

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Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton was on his way home from KeyBank Center Tuesday night when he got a text from defenseman Colin Miller asking if he had talked to anyone connected to the St. Louis Blues. Hutton had no idea what Miller was talking about, so Miller had to provide Hutton with the news: Former teammate Jay Bouwmeester had collapsed on the bench in Anaheim and…

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ST. LOUIS — We're just 10 days into 2020 and the situation is already looking dire. It's going to take a major, major run for the Buffalo Sabres to avoid extending their playoff drought to nine years. In their first game in five days, the Sabres were outclassed, 5-1, Thursday by the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues before 18,096 in Enterprise Center. Th…

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ST. LOUIS – A bad start foreshadowed a bad finish for the Buffalo Sabres here Thursday night. The numbers held to form. Winger Robert Thomas scored St. Louis' first goal and finished with a three-point night as the Blues breezed past Buffalo, 5-1, in Enterprise Center. The Blues remained the NHL's only team without a regulation loss in games where they've scored the …

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ST. LOUIS – The Buffalo Sabres' season has been an up-and-down carnival ride through multiple streaks and the search for consistency is ongoing. What's the optimal goal? They simply needed to look to the opposite bench Thursday night. The defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues have had absolutely no championship hangover through a stellar first half. They entere…

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Matchup: Buffalo Sabres (19-17-7) vs. St. Louis Blues (27-10-7) Where: Enterprise Center When: 8 p.m. TV: MSG Radio: WGR 550 ST. LOUIS – For a team desperate to get points, especially on the road, this is not the best place for the Buffalo Sabres' first game away from KeyBank Center in the new decade. The Enterprise Center has always housed a good team and now it…

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That #OneBuffalo feeling continues between the Bills and Sabres. One of the biggest roars Thursday night in KeyBank Center came when Bills running back Devin Singletary was shown on the jumbotron sitting in a luxury suite wearing a white Sabres 50th anniversary sweater – and turned his back to the camera to show it was a No. 26 Rasmus Dahlin jersey. Singletary also wear…

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Jack Eichel quickly surveyed the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room late Tuesday night and noticed his goalie, Linus Ullmark, sitting alone at a stall. Eichel stopped, waited for Ullmark to look up and congratulated his teammate for a 28-save performance against the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues in KeyBank Center. Eichel, the Sabres' 23-year-old captain, the…

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Mental strength. Those were the two words Ralph Krueger used to describe a trait he saw on the ice and on the bench Tuesday night in KeyBank Center. The Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues were in town. The way they transformed their season last year, you sure would have thought that was a reference to them. Guess again. Krueger was talking about his team. And he…

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The defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues' defense watched from in front of goalie Jake Allen as Jack Eichel handled the puck behind the net Tuesday night in KeyBank Center. Eichel, the Buffalo Sabres' 23-year-old captain, proceeded to remind another opponent why he's regarded as one of the top players in the National Hockey League. He waited for his opportunit…

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The St. Louis Blues hit town for tonight's game against the Sabres leading the Western Conference with 42 points, and a big reason has been their ability to play on the road. The defending Cup champs are 10-3-3 away from Enterprise Center – even though they almost always play in front of whipped-up crowds and opponents looking give them their best shot. "You notice t…

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Matchup: Buffalo Sabres (14-11-6) vs. St. Louis Blues (18-7-6) Where: KeyBank Center When: 7:40 p.m. TV: NBC Sports Network. Radio: WGR 550. Casey's return: Sabres center Casey Mittelstadt will draw back into the lineup after being a healthy scratch Sunday in Edmonton. The 21-year-old skated on a line with Evan Rodrigues and Jeff Skinner during the morning s…

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CHICAGO — Ryan O'Reilly and Vladimir Tarasenko got plenty of inquiries about the impact of their short summers and how tough it will be to defend a Stanley Cup. Meanwhile, Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin got prodded to give insight on what the St. Louis Blues are in for trying to defend their title. But the NHL Player Media Tour also showcased the other side of Game 7 f…

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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…

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Tage Thompson knew darn well the question was coming Wednesday. And he handled it in a mature way. Amerks coach Chris Taylor said Thompson showed plenty of maturity at the end of last season too. Good signs indeed. Thompson isn't going to be the most important prospect at Sabres development camp this week in Harborcenter or during training camp in September. But circ…