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Buffalo’s First Niagara Center

From the Sabres official Twitter:

Sabres president Ted Black officially announces that HSBC Arena will now be known as the First Niagara Center.

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Sabres Observations: Close Games, Gerbe, Miller

There’s a fine line between winning and losing in the salary cap era, but some statistics can show how slanted that line can be.

Here’s one for Sabres fans to ponder:  Buffalo’s 3-2 overtime loss to Boston last night continued a disturbing trend.  Since March 12, if you disregard last minute empty netters, the Sabres have been in 31 games (including playoffs) that have in effect been decided by one goal. 

Buffalo has only managed to win 5 of those 31 games in regulation or overtime.  This is not the stuff contenders are made of.

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It’s time for coach Lindy Ruff to put this Nathan Gerbe-on-the-top-line thing to sleep.  A team that needs every point it can get just to make the playoffs shouldn’t be dragging down its top line with a guy who has 2 goals in 38 career NHL games. 

In the 3 games since this awful idea came to fruition, linemates Thomas Vanek and Derek Roy have combined for one goal and zero assists at even strength.  Tyler Ennis was a better and more dangerous player than Gerbe a week ago, and we can now confirm that this hasn’t changed.

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