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Sabres looking for more against Habs

Source | 1 day ago.

After a performance in a 4-1 defeat to the Arizona Coyotes that coach Phil Housley called "unacceptable," the Buffalo Sabres will be looking for a whole lot more against the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night. The loss to the Coyotes -- who have the second-worst record in the Western Conference -- left the Sabres (23-38-12) alone in last place in the NHL with 58 points. "When we reviewed the game, it was very quiet in the room," Housley said, according to the team's website.

Rookie Keller sets up 2 in Coyotes' 4-1 win over Sabres

Source | 1 day ago.

Clayton Keller and the Arizona Coyotes' youth were too much in providing the Sabres a sobering reminder of why Buffalo belongs at the bottom of the NHL standings. Keller set up two goals to set the franchise record for points in a season by a rookie, and fellow rookie Dylan Strome scored in a 4-1 victory Wednesday night. ''It's actually awesome,'' goalie Antti Raanta said, referring to Arizona's late-season run.

The Buzzer: Fleury worries; Blackhawks eliminated

Source | 2 days ago.

Injury scares Let’s hope that Tuesday presents dodged bullets instead of long-lasting injuries. You can read more about Patrik Laine not returning to the Jets’ eventual overtime win against the Kings here. The early word is that it “isn’t sinister

Rinne gets 40th win as Predators beat Sabres 4-0

Source | 4 days ago.

Predators stalwart Pekka Rinne briefly stopped to marvel when informed of the elite NHL goaltending company he joined in becoming a three-time 40-game winner - and after a shutout, no less. Only six players - Martin Brodeur and Terry Sawchuk, among them - had previously done that. ''When you say that, it sounds pretty cool,'' Rinne said, after stopping 35 shots in a 4-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night.

Yahoo DFS Hockey: Monday Picks

Source | 5 days ago.

Pekka Rinne, NSH at BUF ($41) – Rinne hasn’t lost a game since Feb. 15's tilt against the Flames, and the bottom-dwelling Sabres shouldn’t pose much of a challenge. Jack Eichel is back in the lineup for the Sabres, but it’ll be very hard for them to generate offense against one of the league’s best defenses. The only real chance the Sabres have is if the Predators lay off the gas pedal a little bit after clinching a playoff spot over the weekend.

Kane pots four goals as Sharks top Flames, 7-4

Source | 6 days ago.

Evander Kane scored a career-high four goals to lead the San Jose Sharks to a crazy 7-4 victory over the Calgary Flames in NHL action Friday night in Calgary. Kane, acquired from the Buffalo Sabres at the trade deadline, hadn't posted a hat trick in the first eight-plus seasons of his career, but did it and added one for good measure at the Scotiabank Saddledome while running his season goals total to 25. Kane added another late in the second period to break open a 3-3 tie and then stuck a dagger in the Flames' collective hearts with his fourth goal at 1:02 of the third period to make it a 6-3 affair.

The pros and cons of reuniting Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews on Blackhawks top line

Source | 7 days ago.

Jonathan Toews' offense usually comes in spurts. Toews also reached the 20-goal mark for the 11th straight season, joining Kane and Alex Ovechkin as the only three active players to accomplish that feat to open their NHL careers. Kane has seen his offensive production pick up, too.

Van Riemsdyk scores twice, Leafs beat Sabres 5-2

Source | 8 days ago.

James van Riemsdyk thought about the possibility of back-to-back hat tricks. Van Riemsdyk had two goals and an assist to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. It came after a three-goal performance one night earlier in a 6-5 shootout win over the Dallas Stars.

Sabres' Eichel (ankle) back at practice, could return Thursday

Source | 10 days ago.

Star center Jack Eichel returned to practice with the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday for the first time since sustaining a right high-ankle sprain on Feb. 10. Eichel, who has missed the team's past 14 games, could return as soon as Thursday, when the Sabres host the Toronto Maple Leafs. "I'd like to play as quickly as I can," Eichel said, per

Sabres' Eichel returns to practice for 1st time in a month

Source | 10 days ago.

Buffalo Sabres leading scorer Jack Eichel isn't sure when he'll be cleared to play after returning to practice for the first time since spraining his right ankle a month ago. The Sabres are off until Thursday, when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs. Buffalo sits last in the Eastern Conference standings and is all but mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.

Sharks playoff outlook with four weeks left in season

Source | 11 days ago.

It was around this time last year when the San Jose Sharks' season began to unravel. After beating the Buffalo Sabres in their 69th game of the season on Mar. 14, the Sharks would not win another game for two weeks. On Monday night, the Sharks will play their 69th game of the season when they host the Detroit Red Wings at SAP Center, and there's even less breathing room than around this time last year.

Sabres' Okposo sidelined with concussion

Source | 14 days ago.

Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo has been diagnosed with a concussion and will be out indefinitely. When I turned back, both of them were laying on the ground," Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons said, per the Buffalo News. The news is especially jarring given Okposo's concussion history.

Sabres get bounces in 5-3 win over Maple Leafs

Source | 18 days ago.

Don't tell Jason Pominville and the Buffalo Sabres they have nothing to play for. For a team all but mathematically out of playoff contention, the Sabres continued making a dent in in the Eastern Conference playoff race with a 5-3 win against their cross-border and Atlantic Division rival Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday. ''It's an easy game to get prepared for,'' said Pominville, one of four Sabres to score a goal and assist.

Barkov, Reimer help Panthers top Sabres 4-1 for 5th straight

Source | 21 days ago.

The surging Florida Panthers are edging closer to a playoff spot. Aleksander Barkov scored his 24th goal of the season, James Reimer made 24 saves in his first start in six games and Florida beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Friday night. The Panthers have won five straight and are 12-3-0 in their past 15.

Pominville lifts Sabres past NHL-best Lightning in overtime

Source | 23 days ago.

The Buffalo Sabres long ago fell out of playoff contention. Jason Pominville scored on a power play at 1:26 of overtime to give the Sabres a 2-1 victory over the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night. Pominville beat Andrei Vasilevskiy with a one-timer from the left circle off a feed from Rasmus Ristolainen.

PHT Morning Skate: Senators fans trapped; Sabres issued challenge

Source | 23 days ago.

Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at • Ottawa Senators fans are trapped in hell (Vice Sports) • The day after the trade deadline,

Puck Daddy Power Rankings: Blues sink to the bottom

Source | 25 days ago.

The St.Louis Blue took a dive at the trade deadline. (Tim Spyers/Icon Sportswire) NHL Power Rankings: Trade deadline edition Hey everyone, we here at Puck Daddy are doing real power rankings for teams Nos. 1-31. Here they are, based on only how I am feeling

Trade grades: Sharks get Evander Kane for a bargain price

Source | 25 days ago.

The deal: San Jose Sharks get: LW Evander Kane Buffalo Sabres get: C Danny O'Regan, conditional 2019 first-round pick, conditional 2020 fourth-round pick. If the Sharks re-sign Kane, it's a 2019 first-round pick; if they do not, it's a second-round pick. Follow all the trade deadline action here. Click here for all of the trade grades ahead of the 2017-18 deadline. San Jose Sharks: B Kane has 20 goals and 20 assists this season in 61 games for the Sabres, which is best point production season in a non-lockout season since 2011-12. The gamble for San Jose is that his 2018 scoring slump -- just five goals and one assist in 23 games since Jan. 1 -- is a result of the uncertainty about his future.

NHL Rangers trade veteran captain McDonagh to Lightning

Source | 25 days ago.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh in a muti-player deal as the NHL trading deadline passed on Monday with plenty of activity but not many star players changing uniforms. The Rangers traded the former US Olympic national team member and forward J.T. Miller to the Lightning in exchange for Czech defenceman Libor Hajek, Canadian prospect Brett Howden, Russian forward Vladislav Namestnikov, a 2018 first round pick and a second round selection.

Ovechkin scores 2 as Capitals beat Sabres 5-1

Source | 26 days ago.

On the night Alex Ovechkin reached one milestone, his goal-scoring prowess moved him closer to another. Ovechkin added to his NHL lead with two goals while tying the Washington record for most games played, and the Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-1 on Saturday. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored 50 seconds into the game and had two assists.

Bruins sign Olympic captain, NHL veteran Gionta

Source | 26 days ago.

U.S. Olympic team captain and NHL veteran Brian Gionta signed with the Boston Bruins on Sunday. Gionta, 39, played for the Buffalo Sabres for three seasons but wasn't brought back last fall. Instead, he trained with the Sabres' AHL affiliate in Rochester in anticipation of being selected for the Pyeongchang Games, where the U.S. was eliminated in the quarterfinals.

Nash traded, suits up for Bruins on same day

Source | 26 days ago.

Canadian forward Rick Nash wasted no time joining his new team after the Boston Bruins swung a deal with the New York Rangers to land the two-time Olympic gold medal winner. The 33-year-old Canadian was traded to Boston on Sunday morning and just hours later he was on the ice with his new teammates in a 4-1 Bruins' loss to the host Buffalo Sabres. Boston gave up a package of players, prospects and a draft pick to acquire Nash in an attempt to bolster their push for the NHL playoffs.

Bruins acquire Nash in trade with Rangers, sign Gionta

Source | 27 days ago.

The Boston Bruins continued solidifying their playoff push by acquiring forward Rick Nash in a multiplayer trade with the Rangers that leaves New York retooling for the long-term future. The Bruins won the Nash sweepstakes by acquiring the 33-year-old forward in a deal on Sunday, a day before the NHL's trade deadline. The Rangers acquired the Bruins' first-round pick in this year's draft as well as forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey, defenseman Ryan Lindgren and a seventh-round pick in the 2019 draft. Nash has topped 30 goals in eight of his 15 NHL seasons and joins a Bruins team that ranks third in the Eastern Conference standings with 82 points. Nash is in the final year of his contract

Prize acquisition Nash expected in lineup as Bruins visit Sabres

Source | 27 days ago.

Given whom they're facing next, the Boston Bruins may be able to quickly forget the sting of a rare road loss and end a cross-country trek on a positive note. The Bruins are expected to have their latest acquisition in the lineup as they look to extend a lengthy winning streak at KeyBank Center when they meet the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday evening. Boston completed a blockbuster trade with the New York Rangers on Sunday morning, bringing in All-Star forward Rick Nash for three players and a pair of draft picks.

Bruins sign US Olympic captain Brian Gionta

Source | 27 days ago.

Brian Gionta is returning for a 16th NHL season after the Boston Bruins signed the United States Olympic team captain to a one-year $700,000 contract. The Bruins announced the signing on Sunday, a few hours after they acquired veteran forward Rick Nash in a multiplayer trade with the New York Rangers. Gionta joins the Bruins after competing at the Pyeongchang Winter Games, where the U.S. was eliminated following a 3-2 shootout loss to the Czech Republic in the quarterfinal round on Tuesday.