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Buffalo Sabres Win, Ottawa Senators Lose

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

We've reached the Chicken vs. the Egg portion of the program when it comes to Sabres games in KeyBank Center.

The fans make no noise, numbed to silence by the abhorrent cold in the downtown arena and the lack of excitement on the ice. The players get no push from the crowd to help them get off to a rousing start or through rough patches of a game.

You can't blame the paying customers anymore. They're in complete prove-it mode here after too many years of empty promises.

Then a funny thing happened in the second period Tuesday night against Ottawa: The Sabres started making plays and the fans started making noise.

Amazing how that works.

Just when we've all become obssessed with NFL wild-card tiebreakers, the Sabres have quietly put together a 2-0-2 stretch that's their best of the season after Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Senators.

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Below, Bruce Garrioch on the Senators and watch the game highlights....

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The Losing Continues For The Sabres, Flyers And Red Wings

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

The offense is leaving no hope. Pretty simple scenario for what's now the NHL's worst team.

The Buffalo Sabres were less than nine minutes away from enduring a fourth straight shutout Saturday night before Jason Pominville scored off a Jack Eichel feed with 8:42 left in the third period of a 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins....

At 6-17-4, the Sabres are playing at a 49-point pace. They totaled 52 and 54 points, respectively, in 2013-14 and 2014-15, the two years ownership green-lighted management to build them to lose to secure high draft picks.

This season is hardly by design. But an historic goal drought has killed the Sabres' hopes of doing anything....

"Hopefully mentally it feels good for the team to get one and not have to talk about this for a little while," Pominville said. "But we still have work to do. We've got to be better. That was a step but there's still a few more steps we need to take."

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from Marc Narducci of Philly.com,

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Another Shutout Loss For The Buffalo Sabres

from Amy Moritz of the Buffalo News,

If there was an opportunity for the Buffalo Sabres to break out of their scoring drought, this would have been the night to do it.

The Sabres were facing Tristan Jarry, the backup goaltender for the Pittsburgh Penguins who was playing just his sixth NHL game. There was an opening to pepper the young goalie with shots and force him to make uncomfortable plays. There was an opening to finally score some goals.

But they didn't.

Instead, the Sabres were shutout for the third straight game -- a first in franchise history -- in a 4-0 loss to the Penguins in KeyBank Center Friday night. They have now gone 180 minutes and 51 seconds without a goal....

"It's quite embarrassing," Sabres coach Phil Housley said. "Our coaching staff comes up with a game plan and I just don't think we're executing our game plan. Obviously we go into Montreal and we're up against a good goaltender. Vasilevskiy is one of the best goaltenders in the league but in playing a backup goaltender, I didn't think we took advantage of that tonight. We came close but you can't give a good team like that two goals to start the game. They're going to lock that in. You saw today that even though we had some fight in the third period. But the bottom line it is embarrassing."

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All Is Well In Montreal

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

The first star had yet to be announced Saturday night after the Canadiens’ 3-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres, but the Bell Centre crowd already knew who it would be — Carey Price.

After missing 10 games with a lower-body injury, Price returned to action Saturday and stopped all 36 shots he faced from the Sabres for his first shutout of the season, improving his record to 4-7-1 after a tough start to the year even before the injury.

“I felt pretty good,” Price said in the dressing room after the game.

“I felt prepared more than anything,” the goalie added. “I spent a lot of time thinking about today and I’m just glad it all turned out well. A lot of preparation went into tonight. Injuries aren’t vacation. It took a lot to get ready for tonight and I got to move to the next one.”

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How Does Oliver Ekman-Larsson Or Evander Kane Sound For The Islanders?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

For years there has been clamor ignored by Snow to acquire a running mate suitable for Tavares, a sure-shot Hart contender. And the Islanders do have the assets necessary to acquire Buffalo pending free agent winger Evander Kane, who is having the second-best season of his career and is likely going to be the hottest commodity on the rental market.

Coincidentally (or not), the 26-year-old Kane’s best season came in 2011-12, when he was on the final season of his first contract. Good news for the team that gets him now, perhaps not such good news for the team that signs him next July to a lucrative long-term deal.

But the Islanders and Tavares might not need Kane....

So this may not be the time or place for Kane. Rather, this is probably exactly the time for Snow to load up a package for Arizona’s estimable defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, whose contract at $5 million per runs through next season and will be the object of a wild bidding war once the 26-year-old lets Coyotes personnel know he’s unlikely to re-up for more wandering through the desert....

It will cost any team to get OEL, and it could cost the Islanders either Josh Ho-Sang or Anthony Beauvillier, perhaps Brock Nelson, maybe Ryan Pulock or Scott Mayfield, and probably one of the two first-rounders (their own plus Calgary’s) they own in the 2018 draft. The price will be high, but it would be worthwhile.

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Maybe The Edmonton Oilers Are Just A Bad Team

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

It’s one thing to get caught in a washing machine spin cycle and get your clock cleaned by the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday, but after walloping Detroit Red Wings one night later, where was the rinse and repeat against a Buffalo Sabres team Friday that had lost seven straight games?

They said all the right things after showing some character after the Blues no-show, saying it was only one game and they had to do it again against the Sabres, who had won just two of 10 home games.

Unfortunately, it was all lip service as the Sabres showed a pulse and the Edmonton Oilers had none in a 3-1 loss with backup goalie Laurent Brossoit holding them in through 40 minutes, allowing a bullet by Jacob Josefson until giving up a softie on his glove side to Jack Eichel early in the third. Kyle Okposo finished it empty net....

They’re now 8-13-2, and proved beyond a shadow of a doubt they’re a bad team.

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What You May Have Missed For Yesterday

from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

The Los Angeles Kings have acquired veteran forward Torrey Mitchell from the Montreal Canadiens for a conditional draft pick, the teams announced Thursday. It’s the Kings’ fifth round pick that becomes the fourth rounder acquired for Dwight King last season if Los Angeles makes the playoffs, as noted by CapFriendly:

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from Jonathan Wilis of Sportsnet,

Although it’s superficially easy to build a case that Eichel has been a disappointment this season, anything more than a cursory examination reveals that for the rubbish it is. He’s an awfully good player, and by and large he’s doing good things in a difficult situation. Buffalo’s problem isn’t that Eichel isn’t doing enough; it’s that they don’t have enough players like him.

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from Josh Beneteau also of Sportsnet,

Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella was asked about how he picks who plays where on his forward lines and he dropped some hard truth.

It’s all bulls—.

Aaron Portzline from The Athletic has the full quote.

“It’s a bunch of bulls—. I get a kick out of us, as coaches… we talk about this, that and the other thing,” he said. “‘This is what I’m looking for.’ It’s a bunch of bulls—. We try things, and if it works, it works.”

Well whatever BS Torts is flinging, it seems to be working.

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Another Day, Another Buffalo Sabres Loss

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Enjoy your Thanksgiving, Buffalo Sabres fans.

Enjoy your Black Friday shopping.

Enjoy your long weekend if you're not working.

Enjoy whatever you can because there's certainly no enjoying a victory.

You probably won't be enjoying playoff hockey, either, but that's nothing new.

The Sabres' demoralizing start continued Wednesday with a 5-4 loss to Minnesota. Buffalo fell to 5-13-4 this season, including 0-5-2 in the last seven games. The dwindling crowds in KeyBank Center have seen the team put up a 2-7-1 record at home.

"Every one just gets worse and worse and worse," center Ryan O'Reilly said. "It's tough looking at the standings right now. It doesn't feel good. It's discouraging."

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Video- Dominik Hasek And Marty Biron Get Together

via the Buffalo Sabres,

Dominik Hasek sits down with Martin Biron on The Instigators.

 

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Phil Housley On His Start As The Head Coach Of The Buffalo Sabres

from Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press,

“Obviously, when you’re not winning, the pressure builds and you have to try to handle all those things and the stressful parts of the job,” Housley said. “But I love the challenge. I love coming to the rink, I love getting better, whether as a coach or demanding more from players and trying to turn the organization around.”...

But injuries and a lack of depth have left Housley limited with the Sabres as the Hall of Fame defenseman tries to work with his Buffalo blue liners.

“We continue to work with those guys, but we’ve been banged up back there, which is too bad,” Housley said. “We haven’t had our top six since Day 1. That’s been a big problem for us trying to create chemistry with partners. But we just try to bring the compete level. That’s the measuring stick day in and day out.”

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