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Sabres Must Remain Patient with Guhle

Sabres Must Remain Patient with Guhle

November 17th, 2017 The Buffalo Sabres placed two more defensemen on injured reserve yesterday. Taylor Fedun and Matt Tennyson joined Zach Bogosian and Rasmus Ristolainen, forcing the team to recall Casey Nelson from Rochester. If Nelson dresses when Buffalo squares off with Detroit tonight, he will become the 11th...
The Sky is Still Falling in Buffalo

The Sky is Still Falling in Buffalo

November 17th, 2017 Groan. Crash! Thunk!Yesterday marked the 21-year anniversary of the 20-ton, 23-foot high Jumbotron crashing down to the ice in the Sabre’s new venue, Marine Midland Arena. The electronic scoreboard became a mangled mess of metal, plastic, and lights.Fortunately, there were no...

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October 23rd, 2017
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Between the horrendous turnovers and atrocious giveaways, amid the troublesome lack of effort and inept passes, and lost in the avalanche of losses, there are actually a few positives to build on with the Buffalo Sabres.Getting overshadowed by the all of this are the performances of Jack Eichel, Evander Kane, and Jason Pominville. As of Sunday night, all three are in the top ten in league scoring. Each player has eleven points after nine games. Kane has six goals and five assists, Pominville has five goals and six assists, and Eichel has four goals and seven assists. Finding the Good The forwards have been on the same line for the majority of play so far. They’re creating chances and making them count.At this pace, the three players are all on pace for roughly 100 points.Kane is on pace for 55 goals, 46 assists. Pominville is on pace for 46 goals, 55 assists Eichel is on pace for 36 goals, 64 assists.Pominville has found new life playing with Eichel and...
October 20th, 2017
Buffalo Sabres

There's a similar theme to the Buffalo Sabres 2017-18 season carried over from 2016-17. What’s the issue I’m talking about you ask? It’s secondary scoring.One of the main objectives on the offseason agenda was to rectify this concern. New general manager Jason Botterill did make some moves to fix the scoring problem, but there are no signs that it will improve. The Sabres again seem top heavy when it comes to their goal production and will need to rely on their big names to carry the offense again this season. Blue Line Production Last season, the Sabres had one of the lowest point producing defense groups in the NHL, ranked 25th in the league in points with 121 and last in goals scored with 17. Rasmus Ristolainen led the D with six goals and 45 points. The next best point producer was Cody Franson with three goals and 19 points.This season, the Sabres are one of four teams that have yet to score a goal from the blue line. Going into Friday's games, the defense has...
October 19th, 2017
Toronto Maple Leafs

In the 12-month period before the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, there was a heated discussion about two ‘generational’ talents: Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel. There was a fun and somewhat even argument over who had the better style of skating, the knack for making plays, the route they took to get to the NHL, and even their physical status and personal maturation. Whichever teams were to draft them, in whatever order, they were to be the next superstars and the faces of the NHL.Generational Talents Almost immediately, Eichel fell out of the conversation regarding the best players in the game. Despite helping the Sabres climb out of the league’s basement while playing on a terrible team, the world expected more from Eichel. Pundits and reporters, even those on the Sabres’ hometown beat, would recognize his skill yet start every sentence with, "He's no Connor McDavid, but…"Then along came Auston Matthews in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He would be the third ‘generational’...
October 16th, 2017
Buffalo Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres defeated the Anaheim Ducks Sunday night, 3-1 for their first win of the season.On one hand, the goose egg in the win column is officially gone; the monkey is off their back. Phil Housley has his first win as a head coach. After being called up from Rochester, Justin Bailey infused energy and speed into the lineup, scoring his first goal of the season on his first shift. The team killed off all four penalties. With a win against the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday, the Sabres would string together consecutive wins.On the other hand, playing a depleted Anaheim Ducks roster (Ryan Kesler, Ryan Getzlaf, Sami Vatanen, and Hampus Lindholm did not play), the Sabres only just escaped the Honda Center with a win. Bailey now has more goals than Ryan O’Reilly, Kyle Okposo and Rasmus Ristolainen combined. The team remarkably allowed their fifth shorthanded goal of the season. The Sabres will head to Vegas, another team with several key starters out, and try to...

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Hockey Hall of Fame Debates: Rick Martin

Injuries are a part of life, and most certainly a part of sports. There is no doubt that if Buffalo Sabres fabled sniper Rick Martin had not sustained a career-ending injury he would have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame long ago. Martin would likely have played at least five more years... October 16th, 2017

Buffalo Sabres Jersey History

The Buffalo Sabres just can’t catch a break.Despite making the playoffs in 20 of their first 25 seasons, the Sabres only made it past the second round twice in that span, falling short of the Stanley Cup on both occasions.Later, backstopped by Dominik Hasek, arguably the best goaltender... August 21st, 2017