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The Washington Capitals won their first Stanley Cup last week, meaning attention now turns to which "Cup-less" team could be next — whenever that might happen. Like everything else, there are betting odds for that. According to odds provided by www.SportsBettingDime.com,  the Sabres' odd of being that team are 18-1. That is ninth among the 12 organizations without a Cup…

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Of course, the most popular program in Western New York Wednesday was Washington's exciting 3-2 victory over Las Vegas in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. It had an 8.3 local rating on cable's NBCSN, down slightly from the 8.9 rating for Game 1 Monday night carried by broadcast network NBC. Wednesday's series finale of FX's "The Americans" had only a 0.2 live local rati…

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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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The Pittsburgh Penguins' run to the first Stanley Cup three-peat in 35 years would have been a great story to follow but it's over. Nevertheless, the demise of Sidney Crosby & Co. hardly leaves the NHL without story lines. In fact, the league will be full of them as the conference finals open Friday night at Tampa Bay's Amalie Arena. It's Washington at Tampa Bay …

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This is what I'm thinking: If you are one of the Western New Yorkers tired of all the trivia Mike "Doc" Emrick reveals calling Stanley Cup playoff games for NBC and NBCSN, the voters on the national Sports Emmy Awards have a message for you: Stop complaining. Emrick was named "outstanding sports personality-play-by-play" at Tuesday night's awards presented by the Nat…

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Ask Brad May 25 years later about perhaps the most well-known goal in Buffalo Sabres history and he says he's just like you: Most of his memories come from watching the tape and listening to Rick Jeanneret's iconic radio call. "I was absolutely almost sleepwalking in that moment," May said last week by phone from his home in Scottsdale, Ariz. "It was a reactive thing. N…

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We can argue ad nauseam about goalie interference or toenail challenges, or about the inconsistency of the Department of Player Safety (Credit Due Dept: They nailed it with that 10-game suspension for Alex Burrows' dirtbag attack of Taylor Hall). You can say skipping the Olympics is a disaster, I can say I'd rather watch the NHL season continue to play out. Those debate…