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There was over-the-top tough news Wednesday morning and a discouraging finish in the evening. Another rough day all around for the Buffalo Sabres. Vladimir Sobotka's injury didn't heal like the Sabres hoped and the team announced he underwent knee surgery. It might be season-ending. Then came the injury report listing Rasmus Dahlin as out indefinitely with the concussio…

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TAMPA, Fla. -- As the Sabres packed their equipment bags for the flight back to Buffalo late Monday night, General Manager Jason Botterill stood outside the dressing room talking with Rasmus Dahlin. Dahlin, a 19-year-old defenseman, had not been seen by most of his teammates since he left the bench with a bloody nose late in the second period in Amalie Arena. The injury…

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TAMPA, Fla. – This had the potential to be an ideal finish to a difficult three-game road trip for the Buffalo Sabres. Jimmy Vesey's breakaway goal gave the Sabres a one-goal lead and a significant amount of momentum early in the second period Monday night in Amalie Arena. However, a disastrous collapse, particularly on special teams, resulted in a 5-2 loss to the Tampa…

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Matchup: Buffalo Sabres (11-9-3) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (11-7-2) Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa When: 7 p.m. TV: MSG. Radio: WGR 550. Roster change: Ralph Krueger opted to not reveal his lineup following a light morning skate Monday in Amalie Arena. The Sabres recalled forward Jean-Sebastien Dea because Evan Rodrigues suffered a lower-body injury Sunday in Sunr…

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STOCKHOLM – The offensive production remains too inconsistent. As a result, the Buffalo Sabres' long-awaited trip to Sweden was rendered a complete dud. The Sabres had a season-high 43 shots on goal and 74 shot attempts Saturday but didn't put nearly enough pucks in the net as the Tampa Bay Lightning pulled away late for a 5-3 win over Buffalo in the final Global Series…

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Matchup: Buffalo Sabres (9-5-2) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning  (7-5-2) Where: Ericsson Globe, Stockholm When: 1 p.m. EST (7 p.m. in Sweden) TV: MSG Radio: WGR 550 STOCKHOLM — The weather in Sweden was sunny and picturesque during the first three days of the Sabres' trip here, albeit very cold with temperatures barely making it into the 30s. It was cloudy and drizzly on Th…

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STOCKHOLM – Sam Reinhart scored twice, nobody else did. The Buffalo Sabres' offensive struggles continued Friday on the other side of the Atlantic during a 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning before a sellout crowd of 13,230 in Ericsson Globe. The Sabres (9-5-2) lost their fourth straight, fell to 1-4-1 in their last six games – and have not scored more than two goal…

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STOCKHOLM – Hockey Hall of Famer Nicklas Lidstrom stopped by the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room Friday morning to meet the teen dubbed "the next Nicklas Lidstrom." Lidstrom, the Detroit Red Wings legend widely regarded as the best defenseman ever to come out of Sweden, chatted in Swedish with Sabres prodigy Rasmus Dahlin for a few minutes after the team's morning skate p…

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Matchup: Buffalo Sabres (9-4-2) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning  (6-5-2) Where: Ericsson Globe, Stockholm When: 2 p.m. EST (8 p.m. in Sweden) TV: NBC Sports Network Radio: WGR 550 The NHL in Sweden: With another two-game series at hand between the Sabres and Lightning, Stockholm will be playing host to its 11th and 12th regular-season NHL games this weekend, the most among …

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STOCKHOLM – There was a lot of chatter about the trip to Sweden days before the Buffalo Sabres' plane took off on Sunday night. There's been a lot of hype and a lot of free time since it landed Monday morning. It's finally time to play hockey. The Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning face off for the first of two games Friday night in Ericsson Globe (2 p.m. in Buffalo) and bo…

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Tampa Bay and Montreal swung big and missed. Florida reeled in one big fish and lost another. Toronto did an extreme makeover. The Buffalo Sabres were one of several teams to play it cool. The Atlantic Division was top-heavy last season, with Tampa Bay, Boston and Toronto all hitting 100 points, Montreal at 96 and no one else over 90.  The top of the division still look…

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It seems that Jason Botterill never got to the offer stage with Todd McLellan to quickly wrap up the Sabres coaching search. Whether their chats actually got to that point or not, McLellan's Buffalo-or-Los-Angeles dilemma gave another window into the Sabres' continued recruiting issues after years of losing hockey. If you're a coaching candidate or free agent, the Sabre…

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Just as you would have expected after they drafted Rasmus Dahlin with the No. 1 overall pick last June, the Buffalo Sabres are going global. As in the NHL's Global Series. The league announced early Thursday morning that the Sabres will meet the Tampa Bay Lightning in two regular-season games Nov. 8-9 in Stockholm, Sweden. It will be Buffalo's first trip overseas sin…

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TAMPA -- Perhaps there is no more maddening aspect to the Buffalo Sabres' season than the way they've played against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bolts are the NHL's best team by a mile, 17 points ahead of Calgary and on pace to threaten the all-time record of 132 points set by the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings. But they struggle every time they see Buffalo. The Sabres w…

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TAMPA — Surprise, surprise. So after a horrible stretch of three straight losses against non-playoff teams, the Buffalo Sabres went shot for shot against the NHL's best Thursday night. But even the unexpected answer still didn't produce a win. Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov scored in the shootout to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 victory over the Sabres in Am…