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The back half of the Sabres' home-and-home set with the Toronto Maple Leafs is tonight at 7 in KeyBank Center and it will mark the preseason debuts of Sam Reinhart and Zach Bogosian. Perhaps of even more note is that winger Tage Thompson will play on back-to-back nights and get a shot playing on the top line with Jack Eichel. Thompson struggled defensively at times in F…

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TORONTO -- The Sabres and Maple Leafs won't have deep lineups for Friday night's preseason game in the newly-named Scotiabank Arena. What does that mean for Buffalo fans? They will see Rasmus Dahlin in the rematch Saturday in KeyBank Center -- as well as the head-to-head matchup of good friends and All-Star Game teammates Jack Eichel and Austin Matthews. Update: Late…

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After three days away from the team on the road back from hip surgery, veteran defenseman Zach Bogosian returned to practice with the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday and fully took part in all drills at HarborCenter. Bogosian, who had not been seen since practicing in the first two days of camp, revealed he has been skating on his own. "Coming back from a major surgery, y…

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This is the first of two stories looking at the NHL's Atlantic Division in the wake of the draft and free agency period. Read Part Two. The Atlantic Division is seriously top heavy – and that doesn't even account for the possibility of Erik Karlsson landing in Tampa Bay. And now that John Tavares has been added to the mix in Toronto, it's bad news all around for teams l…

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Tyler Ennis is returning to the Atlantic Division. Ennis, a 5-9 forward who spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Buffalo Sabres, signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday. The deal is worth $650,000. Ennis had the final year of his contract bought out by Minnesota. The Wild acquired him in a trade with the Sabres last summer th…

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Things just got ratcheted up in the Buffalo Sabres' biggest rivalry. The Toronto Maple Leafs shifted the balance of power in the Atlantic Division -- and maybe became one of the favorites for the Stanley Cup -- when they signed New York Islanders center John Tavares to a seven-year, $77-million free agent deal Sunday. The stunning announcement ended the league's hott…

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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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While Tampa Bay and Boston continue to battle on the ice, the Atlantic Division is undergoing sweeping change. It was by far the weakest division in hockey this season – with four of the NHL's bottom five teams – but may not stay that way much longer. The biggest impact, of course, came from the draft lottery as the Sabres earned the No. 1 pick while Montreal won the dr…

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TORONTO – For one final time – No. 4 in less than a month if you're Rasmus Ristolainen and Nazem Kadri counting them – it's the Sabres vs. Maple Leafs. The season series wraps up at 7 p.m. in Air Canada Centre. Here are Five Things to Know: 1. The season series The Sabres are 2-1 against Toronto this year and have won two straight meetings here, one last season an…

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TORONTO – The Buffalo Sabres have 58 points while the once-woeful Toronto Maple Leafs have 97 and are rolling toward the playoffs for the second straight year. The teams meet tonight at 7 in Air Canada Centre, with the game televised on MSG. It's game 76 for the Sabres. Starting tonight, only seven more left over the final two weeks to mercifully end another lost season…

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ETOBICOKE, Ont. – Probably the last place the Buffalo Sabres need to be Monday night is the Air Canada Centre. At one of the lowest points in their season, when they once again can't put the puck in the ocean if they were given a free shot from the beach, the Sabres will meet the Toronto Maple Leafs in a game where plenty of history can be made for the NHL's resurgent O…

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The place to take the scene all in Thursday night was the highest point of KeyBank Center. This corner is a big fan of the view from the press box, from where it's very easy to watch plays develop on the ice and equally cool to scan the stands. What we saw during this game was stunning. I've been going to Sabres-Leafs games since the 1970s in the Aud and there is no que…

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Sabres vs. Leafs in KeyBank Center. And it should be just about over by the time St. Bonaventure tips off in Dallas and certainly by the time UB tips off in Boise. Call it the pregame show to tonight's historic double dip of Big 4 March Madness. It starts at 7 p.m. on MSG and the Sabres will be back in a game for the first time since Saturday's shootout loss to Vegas. T…

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There's no word yet on any sort of timetable for Jack Eichel's return to the Buffalo Sabres' lineup. Meanwhile, the Toronto Maple Leafs appear to be on the verge of getting Auston Matthews back, but his return may not come when the teams meet Thursday in KeyBank Center. The Sabres are 6-6-2 without Eichel, who suffered a high ankle sprain Feb. 10 at Boston and has resum…

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to the playoffs for the second straight year and that's enough to rile Sabres fans, be they ardent or casual. The issue this season is what happens once they get there. Under the NHL's bogus divisional playoff format, the Leafs are almost certainly going to play the Tampa Bay Lightning or Boston Bruins in the first round. That makes the…