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A lot was expected from Victor Antipin. When you're signing a free agent from the KHL, this isn't like drafting an 18-year-old or waiting on a big prospect like Brendan Guhle to develop on defense. The word first came out back in March when the Sabres were in San Jose that former General Manager Tim Murray had just about locked up Antipin. It wasn't until the World Cham…

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After the Sabres completed practice, Phil Housley and associate coach Davis Payne gathered the first power-play unit at the whiteboard. They had a lot to talk about. The Sabres boasted the top power play in the NHL last season, but they're scuffling along at No. 22 this year. Housley switched the units Monday, and he wants more when Detroit visits Tuesday night. "Bet…

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After the Sabres completed practice, Phil Housley and associate coach Davis Payne gathered the first power-play unit at the whiteboard. They had a lot to go over. The Sabres boasted the top power play in the NHL last season, but they're scuffling along at No. 22 this year. Housley switched the units Monday, and he wants more when Detroit visits Tuesday. "Better, quic…

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The start of this NHL season has been a career reset for Josh Gorges. For eight straight years, including his first two with the Sabres, Gorges averaged more than 20 minutes of ice time per game. Then his total last year dropped to 18:27 per game as he began to slip down the Sabres' rotation. With Phil Housley's new speed style in place, Gorges began…

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SAN JOSE -- The Sabres' West Coast trip opens Thursday night in SAP Center against the San Jose Sharks with a 10:30 game on MSG and WGR Radio. Rick Jeanneret is on the trip and will have the play-by-play along with Rob Ray. The Sabres are 0-2-1 while the Sharks are 0-2 and trying to avoid going to 0-3 for the first time since the 1993-94 season. Here are Five Things …

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Victor Antipin's progression on the ice is kind of like having a conversation with the rookie from Kazakhstan: It's slow and steady, with improvement coming each day. The KHL signee scored his first goal of the preseason in Wednesday's 5-4 loss at Pittsburgh and was by far the most engaged with the play that he's been at any point thus far with the Buffalo Sabres. "I…

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Benoit Pouliot has seen a team rise from the depths. The Edmonton Oilers were a laughingstock in 2014. They were a goal away from reaching the Western Conference final last season. Pouliot sees no reason why the Sabres can't do the same thing. "In Edmonton when I got there, I think it was the worst year I've ever had playing in the NHL," the left winger said Saturday…

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Victor Antipin is quickly gaining a reputation as studious guy. That's good because he has little choice. No Buffalo player is experiencing more of a culture change than Antipin. The defenseman from Kazakhstan arrived with almost no knowledge of English. Having played his entire career in his Russia, he's adjusting to a smaller rink and completely different style of pla…

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The Sabres did some number crunching Monday. Buffalo fans who still have their old Jason Pominville jerseys will be pleased. Pominville, reacquired this offseason, will wear his familiar No. 29 when the Sabres return to the ice next month. Defenseman Jake McCabe gave up No. 29 and will switch to No. 19, the number he wore in college at Wisconsin. The Sabres announced…