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New Sabres coach Ralph Krueger will likely have the opportunity to try to get more out of two forwards who have struggled to produce much offensively during their tenures in Buffalo. Winger Zemgus Girgensons and center Johan Larsson, both restricted free agents, received qualifying offers from the Sabres, sources confirmed to The Buffalo News on Wednesday. The move prev…

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The Buffalo Sabres were on the ice Monday for practice and there was no sign of Jack Eichel or Sam Reinhart in the early going, but Eichel later joined the team. Eichel has missed the last two games with an upper-body injury. Coach Phil Housley said Eichel practicing was "a good sign" but said he would know more Tuesday in advance of the Sabres game against the New Jers…

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When the Buffalo Sabres returned to practice Friday, they were joined by one player who could provide the secondary scoring they have lacked since their 10-game winning streak ended nearly a month ago. Jason Pominville, who has missed three games since colliding with defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen during the third period of a 5-2 loss to Florida on Dec. 18, practiced Fri…

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

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BOSTON – Zemgus Girgensons held his right hand over his heart, surveyed the visitors' locker room inside TD Garden and shrugged his shoulders. "It's really not that big of a deal," the Buffalo Sabres' relentless fourth-line winger said, showing where Torey Krug's slap shot struck him in the chest with 30 seconds remaining in a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Sunday. …

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The preparation begins with the Buffalo Sabres watching video of the opponent's power play and assistant coach Steve Smith delivering a game plan. There's little ice time to practice  adjustments, especially during a mid-season slog like the six-games-in-nine-nights stretch the Sabres finished Saturday in Detroit. With that in mind, Buffalo's penalty-killing units are s…

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WINNIPEG – Rather than holding a morning skate at Bell MTS Place on Friday, the Sabres stretched and kicked around a soccer ball in a hallway adjacent to the visitors locker room. An exhausting schedule of six games in nine days, beginning with tonight's 8 p.m. puck drop against the Winnipeg Jets, led Buffalo coach Phil Housley to make this more of an informal prep for …

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How long has it been since the Buffalo Sabres have won four games in a row? Paging through recent NHL records is mind-boggling. Saying the answer is nearly four years ago is one thing. But seeing how often it happens for other teams is another thing entirely. Since the then-tanking Blue and Gold somehow won four times in a seven-day stretch from Dec. 9-15, 2014, an N…

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A Sabres franchise long mired in the depths of the National Hockey League standings, finishing in last place in three of the last five seasons, had nowhere to go but up. And an offseason overhaul of the roster is inspiring optimism that Buffalo is poised to finally resurface as a playoff contender. Thirty-seven percent of those who voted in an informal Buffalo News poll…

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

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For probably the 1,000th time since Emily Pfalzer won Olympic gold last month, someone asked her to show off the medal. She was then asked if she ever tires of hearing that. "No, not at all," she said with a smile Saturday. "It's fun to share." Pfalzer and the U.S. women's hockey team have certainly done their part to share the Olympic experience. They've been on tel…

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The bye week in the National Hockey League gives players and coaches five days away from hockey. Both usually get away, some to tropical locales and some just back home with family. But for two members of the Buffalo Sabres, big things happened during the five-day break. Coach Phil Housley returned to Minnesota and was part of the official campaign launch for his wif…

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PHILADELPHIA -- Sabres winger Zemgus Girgensons was fired up last Sunday, like most everybody else in Western New York. Girgensons had practiced outside at Citi Field and was in New York City for New Year's Eve. Not a bad deal in itself. But then came the Bills and Bengals daily double that finally got Buffalo back in the NFL playoffs. Girgensons, by most accounts the N…

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ST. LOUIS -- After two games in the press box watching, winger Zemgus Girgensons got back on the ice Sunday night. The former first-round draft pick is in a brutal scoring slump but Sabres coach Phil Housley liked what he saw in practice the last few days, so Girgensons was inserted into the lineup for Buffalo's game against the St. Louis Blues. "It's never fun to be ou…

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HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- The St. Louis Blues rolled to another big victory Saturday but might be without one of their big weapons when they meet the Buffalo Sabres Sunday night in Scottrade Center. Winger Jaden Schwartz, who has 35 points in the team's first 30 games, was helped from the ice during the first period of Saturday's 6-1 win in Detroit after taking a shot to the fo…