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Lehner’s Most Important Save

Lehner’s Most Important Save

September 14th, 2018 Hockey goaltenders use a catching glove, a stick, leg pads and several body pads made from hydrophobic synthetic leather, nylon and densely packed foam to stop pucks. But on Mar. 29, 2018, against the Detroit Red Wings, nine-year veteran goalie Robin Lehner made the most important save of his...
Sabres Player Point Projections 2018-19

Sabres Player Point Projections 2018-19

September 14th, 2018 As the Buffalo Sabres' revamped core has taken shape this summer, fans have begun to discuss what constitutes as a realistic benchmark in terms of offensive production for the team's top players. It's no secret that Jason Botterill has worked tirelessly to put his stamp on a roster that vastly...

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September 9th, 2018
Sabres Prospects

Saturday at the 2018 Prospects Challenge in Buffalo, NY showcased two more games for spectators to enjoy. Leading off, the New Jersey Devils took on the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 3:30 P.M. matinee. The main event between the Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins followed at 7:00 P.M. After a strong showing from all four teams on Friday, fans waited patiently for HarborCenter doors to open, the puck to drop, and these future stars to put on a show. I arrived downtown about three hours before the first game, checked into the hotel, and walked towards the arena and Canalside to take in the scene - Buffalo in September. The doors to HarborCenter were open to teams, staff and other essential personnel, but I managed to work my way into a bleacher seat just early enough before the arena was cleared out pre-game. To my very pleasant surprise, the first player I saw on the ice was Sam Reinhart. Jack Eichel and Reinhart commandeered the ice to work on shooting drills in front of a small...
September 7th, 2018
Long Read

It was no secret that Jason Botterill planned on altering the complexion of the Buffalo Sabres roster this summer, but even the most optimistic fan couldn't have predicted just how successful he'd be in doing so. After a 2017-18 campaign that the organization would like to forget, there was a wide range of speculation regarding just how "far away" the team was from becoming a playoff contender. The answer remains to be seen, but Botterill's moves have resulted in a new wave of enthusiasm from the blue-and-gold faithful. Similar to their situation on defense, the Sabres have a bit of a logjam at forward, particularly in the bottom-six. With a mix of veteran acquisitions and homegrown talent on the roster, it will be interesting to see who steps up during training camp to prove that they deserve a permanent role on the team. Related - Sabres Defense: What It'll Look Like for 2018-19 Roster Locks: Returning Sabres Barring another transaction prior to the start of the season,...
September 7th, 2018
Sabres History

The 1983-84 Buffalo Sabres belonged to Scotty Bowman. The winningest coach in NHL history - and arguably the all-time greatest hockey coach at any level - was also the team's GM and had his fingerprints all over that team. From pulling off some of the bigger trades in Buffalo history, to maintaining longtime veterans, to drafting a core of young guns, the 1980s in retrospect were more of a tumultuous time in Sabres history. Bowman's era of the team possessed a tremendous amount of talent and compiled regular season wins - the highest franchise win rate by a coach in Sabres history until Lindy Ruff came along. But while their regular season successes always seemed to end in playoff shortcomings during that decade, Bowman's goaltending in Buffalo was always steady - that was because he drafted Tom Barrasso. A Massachusetts native, the Buffalo Sabres drafted Barrasso with the fifth overall pick in the 1983 NHL Draft. He was so highly touted as the next star goaltender that he skipped...
September 7th, 2018
Buffalo Sabres

Hope. It’s what’s served up in heaping amounts for breakfast, lunch and dinner in Western New York, especially for diehard fans of the Buffalo Sabres. This year is no different. Sabres fans are rightly excited for the season. There are so many new faces: 2018 No. 1 overall draft pick Rasmus Dahlin, proven scoring winger Jeff Skinner and rising star Conor Sheary. There’s highly rated prospect Casey Mittelstadt, netminder Carter Hutton and depth additions Vladimir Sobotka and Patrik Berglund. Look out, there’s even a healthy, chirping Zach Bogosian. Anything and everything seems possible. Predicting Success Although there is excitement for the upcoming Sabres’ season, expectations are tempered by recent experience. It will be an improvement if the team can simply get the puck out of their defensive zone consistently. Winning hockey isn’t achieved playing games in the wrong end of the rink. A reasonably low measure of success will be playing together to finally look...

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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... May 27th, 2018

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