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Travis Yost has been involved in the world of hockey analytics for a decade and is part of TSN's Hockey Analytics team. Prior to joining TSN, Yost was a contributor at the Ottawa Citizen, The Sporting News and NHL Numbers, and he has been a consultant for an NHL franchise. He will be contributing breakdowns on the Buffalo Sabres for The Buffalo News this season. Follow Yos…

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The World Cup of Hockey won't happen in 2020 and that's a shame. There were plenty of skeptics 2 1/2 years ago who said it was simply a cash grab, and the merchandise and marketing end of things was admittedly a huge part of the 2016 tournament in Toronto. But more important was that it gave us great, memorable hockey in September, and that's rare. The '16 World Cup pro…

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LAS VEGAS – It was like playing a slot machine with a $20 bill and seeing the money fly away with almost no hits. Or quickly coming up empty at the roulette wheel. Or running a string of craps on the dice. There was a whole lot of nothing from the Buffalo Sabres here Tuesday night. They lost, 4-1, to the Vegas Golden Knights in T-Mobile Arena and were the better team…

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LAS VEGAS -- Veteran goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury carved a slice of NHL history Tuesday night, stopping 26 shots as the Vegas Golden Knights dumped the Buffalo Sabres, 4-1, before 18,321 in T-Mobile Arena. Fleury, 33, moved into a tie with Hall of Famer Glenn Hall for 10th place on the NHL's all-time win list. Drafted No. 1 overall by Pittsburgh in 2003, Fleury earned t…

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LAS VEGAS — Zach Bogosian got a restart to his season and his career Tuesday night. The Buffalo defenseman played his first regular-season NHL game in more than nine months as the Sabres met the Vegas Golden Knights in T-Mobile Arena. Bogosian played only 18 games last season, none after Jan. 9, before finally having surgery on his hip in February. Bogosian proclaime…

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LAS VEGAS – The Buffalo Sabres play Game 2 of their Western roadie Tuesday night at 10 against the Vegas Golden Knights (MSG, WGR Radio) and it's a chance to sweep a team that played in the Stanley Cup final last season. It's also a chance to improve to 4-2 – and go two games over .500 for the first time since December 2011. Yes, baby steps here. Here are Five Things…

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LAS VEGAS – As the season of firsts for Rasmus Dahlin continues, the No. 1 overall pick gets a new one on his list here Tuesday night: His initial rematch with an NHL team. Dahlin has said one of his big challenges as an 18-year-old is learning opposing players across the NHL. He saw a good deal of the Vegas Golden Knights during the Stanley Cup final and got the chance…

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LAS VEGAS – Step by step, the Buffalo Sabres are trying to create a team that can finally be competitive in the NHL. They're 3-2 in the first five games, which have included the wild swings of two dreadful losses spiced between three entertaining victories. They're actually becoming fun to watch at times. A big step in the process – apologies for using that word – could…

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LAS VEGAS – Their one real chance at a day off on this Western road trip came Sunday, so the Buffalo Sabres took advantage of it. A free day in Sin City was a fine reward for all the good things that happened during Saturday night's 3-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes in Gila River Arena. The opener of a five-game jaunt was a memorable night of mileposts. As a result, 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…

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Remember when the Buffalo Sabres got booed off the ice after the second period Thursday night in their season opener? There was plenty of noise from the crowd of 16,004 in KeyBank Center after 40 minutes and again at the final buzzer on Monday afternoon – but for a far different reason. The Sabres got a standing ovation from many of the fans after scoring on their fi…

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It's a Columbus Day matinee as the Sabres and Vegas Golden Knights meet today at 3 p.m. in KeyBank Center. The game is on MSG and WGR Radio. The Sabres did not have a morning skate due to the afternoon start, and coach Phil Housley updated the media in the noon hour with his lineup plans. Here are Five Things to Know about today's game: 1. In the nets: Carter Hutton …

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Carter Hutton has had plenty of success stopping the puck in the first two games of the season. But the veteran's most important contribution to the Buffalo Sabres thus far goes well beyond that. Starting in preseason, the team's new No. 1 goaltender has immediately injected belief into his teammates and the fans. He can cover mistakes with a big save. He can help with …

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The Stanley Cup final may be over but there was no shortage of topics to discuss Monday morning as I chatted with Gord Stellick on Sirius XM's "Hockey This Morning" on NHL Network Radio. Talking points included the Caps finally getting over the Pittsburgh curse – and just skating by Game 3 in Columbus when it all could have fallen apart in the first round – as well as t…

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LAS VEGAS — For all the talk at the Stanley Cup final you heard about the likes of Alex Ovechkin, Barry Trotz and Marc-Andre Fleury, there was a player with a building buzz as the calendar crept into June and he had not played in an NHL game in more than two months. The name? Ryan O'Reilly. The Sabres center's locker cleanout day chat with reporters that resonated ar…