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TORONTO – For the second time this week, the Sabres are in Scotiabank Arena to meet the Toronto Maple Leafs. Buffalo is playing on a back-to-back after Friday's overtime win over Pittsburgh and did not have a morning skate today. Toronto has won both meetings this season, a 5-4 overtime thriller in December in KeyBank Center and Monday's 5-3 victory here. Faceoff tonigh…

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TORONTO -- A 10-game win streak kept the Buffalo Sabres in contention, and their playoff hopes brightened following remarkable performances against Tampa Bay and Washington last week. However, the Sabres needed only two minutes, four seconds Monday night to show they still have much to correct in order to make a playoff push. That is all the time the Toronto Maple Leafs…

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TORONTO – Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill's prized trade deadline acquisition watched from the Scotiabank Arena press box Monday night as Buffalo endured one of its ugliest periods of the season. Now they will hope that Brandon Montour, the 24-year-old defenseman whom they traded for Sunday, can acclimate quickly enough to help with a playoff push. The Sabres …

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TORONTO – A coaching change in Anaheim and weeks worth of trade rumors could not prepare Brandon Montour for the phone call he received while sitting by a pool in Vancouver on Sunday afternoon. That's when Montour, a 24-year-old defenseman, was told he was traded by the Ducks to the Buffalo Sabres on the eve of the trade deadline. He had less than 24 hours to join his t…

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TORONTO – Kyle Okposo smiled at his stall in the Scotiabank Arena visitors dressing room Monday morning and uttered three words that would have been shocking hours earlier. "Ready to go," Okposo beamed ahead of rejoining the Buffalo Sabres for their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Okposo's teammates and coach expressed elation after he joined them for the morni…

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TORONTO – When the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room in Scotiabank Arena was nearly empty Monday morning, forward Evan Rodrigues asked a few reporters for the latest trade updates from around the NHL. While players are intrigued by the trade deadline, none particularly care for the day. They didn't want to lose a teammate, though the Sabres benefitted by acquiring defensema…

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It's fairly well-known who Jack Eichel's top friends are around the NHL. They all have backgrounds from the Boston area or the U.S. National Development Team. Think names such as Calgary's Noah Hanifin and Johnny Gaudreau, Toronto's Auston Matthews and Detroit's Dylan Larkin. The one player Eichel has developed a tight bond with since his NHL career began – and whom he …

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ROCHESTER – Chris Mueller hasn’t forgotten how he got here. The West Seneca native remembers the disappointment of going undrafted, the brief stints in the ECHL and the $40,000 salary that accompanied his fourth-line duty in the American Hockey League. These days, Mueller, 32, is one of the AHL’s leading scorers and has a one-way NHL contract worth $650,000. Having won …

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Give it up to Seattle. That's going to be a terrific addition to the NHL roster, a made-for-Vancouver rival in what figures to be a sparkling arena renovation in a great city with incredible sports fans. Home run all the way. The NHL will hit 32 teams in 2021-22 and there's another renovation that should now be undertaken but it won't be easy. Gary Bettman is against an…

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The expression on Jack Eichel's face said it all. He sat in the locker room, head down and waited for the media scrum to ask how another one-goal game had slipped away. After politely answering questions, he stared across the room while slowly taking off his skates. In overtime, he could only watch from the Buffalo Sabres' bench as Auston Matthews' wrist shot went un…

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How about seven Sabres-Leafs games come April? How about seven Auston Matthews- Jack Eichel showdowns? What we saw Tuesday night in KeyBank Center was flat-out epic. Nice job by NBC Sports Network to have the foresight to understand what the Buffalo-Toronto rivalry means and what it could become. It's pretty obvious what all the fuss is about with the Maple Leafs thi…

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Jack Eichel scored twice in the third period, but the Buffalo Sabres’ winless streak stretched to four with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday in KeyBank Center. Auston Matthews scored 4:58 into overtime after Patrick Marleau tied it 14:47 into the third period. Eichel’s goals, his sixth and seventh of the season, almost gave Buffalo its sixth thi…

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Following another one-goal defeat to cap a three-game road trip, the Buffalo Sabres boarded the team charter in Nashville late Monday night and lost an hour because of the time change. There wasn't much time for rest. They were back at KeyBank Center Tuesday morning to prepare for a matchup their fans have waited for all season. The Sabres, losers of three straight sinc…

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The NHL's international initiatives continue to be a big success overseas, with the Winnipeg Jets and Florida Panthers drawing two straight sellout crowds Thursday and Friday in Helsinki, Finland, to see native sons Patrik Laine and Aleksander Barkov. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman made waves prior to the teams' opener when he said the league is already well on its way t…

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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…