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Buffalo Sabres 2018-19 Team Stats--December

January 1, 2019 - 11:33 AM ET

@boosbuzzsabres A lackluster month of December for Buffalo can basically be summed up by team stats from two categories. Entering the month the Sabres were tied for 14th in the league averaging 3.04 goals/game and their goals-against came in at 2.81, which was tied for 11th. Through December, Buf...

Buffalo Sabres 2018-19 Individual Stats Leaders--December

January 2, 2019 - 10:02 AM ET

@boosbuzzsabres If you want to see the main reason why the Buffalo Sabres only managed a 4-6-3 record in December take a look at who has scored the third-most goals on the team for the month--checking center Johan Larsson with three goals. The Sabres scored 29 goals in 13 games last month, or onl...

Life without Jack Eichel, for at least two games. Curse or blessing?

January 3, 2019 - 2:06 PM ET

@boosbuzzsabres Reports from the rink this morning quoted Phil Housley saying that Sabres captain Jack Eichel will miss tonight's game against the Florida Panthers and Saturday night's game at Boston. Eichel aggravated an upper-body injury in Monday's loss to the NY Islanders skating just under 3...

Sabres at the half-way point after a gutsy win over FLA

January 4, 2019 - 12:38 PM ET

@boosbuzzsabres If one had said at the beginning of the 2018-19 season that Buffalo would be tied for third place in the Atlantic division at the half-way point, most in Sabreland would have felt pretty good about that. After coming off another last place season in 2017-18, predictions for the cl...

Plenty of hockey for Sabres fans: USA vs. FIN gold-medal game, [email protected]

January 5, 2019 - 4:35 PM ET

@boosbuzzsabres If you're Buffalo GM Jason Botterill it's hard not to think there are some good things happening in the Sabres organization. Botterill took over as general manager in 2017 after leaving the Pittsburgh Penguins organization with their team deep into a Stanley Cup run. The rookie GM...

Life w/o Jack Eichel can be pretty ugly but the prospect pool is filling up

January 6, 2019 - 1:56 PM ET

@boosbuzzsabres Last night's 2-1 loss in Boston was much uglier than the final score would indicate and there's just no way of getting around it. The Bruins came out hard and determined on the puck and the deer-in-headlights Sabres had no answer. When they wanted to play, Boston controlled every...

Even with Jack Eichel back in the lineup, Housley needs to revamp lines

January 7, 2019 - 12:41 PM ET

@boosbuzzsabres Is there better evidence as to just how much Jack Eichel means to the Sabres than the Boston game on Saturday night. Buffalo was in trouble early in the game and struggled through the first period before the Bruins steamrolled them through most of the second period. Although the B...

Jack Eichel remains out for his third straight game as BUF hosts NJD

January 8, 2019 - 3:26 PM ET

@boosbuzzsabres Hang in there Sabres fans, although captain Jack Eichel is out tonight for his third straight game, he did practice with the team and was on the ice for the morning skate today. Fans should be cool with that. Why rush things and have it backfire keeping him out even longer? The...

C.J. Smith and Lawrence Pilut break through in Sabres win, plus other notes

January 9, 2019 - 12:31 PM ET

@boosbuzzsabres Congratulations to rookies C.J. Smith and Lawrence Pilut on breaking through with their first NHL goals last night. Smith squeaked one past New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid early in the second period to break a 1-1 tie while Pilut sent a seeing-eye wrister into the New Jerse...

That's a fact Jack, Eichel's back, plus All-Star Skinner returns to CAR

January 11, 2019 - 1:07 PM ET

@boosbuzzsabres Word from the rink in Carolina is that Sabres captain Jack Eichel will be back in the lineup tonight. Eichel was out with an upperbody injury suffered prior to their December 31 game vs. the NY Islanders. The Sabres leading scorer took the ice against the Islanders but only played...

Whose line is it anyway?

January 12, 2019 - 3:55 PM ET

@boosbuzzsabres Maybe we should have sensed that it was going to be a tough night for Buffalo when Carolina's first goal came courtesy of a puck that went off of goalie Carter Hutton hit the top of the net and bounce towards the crease before an attempt at whacking it out of the way backfired. De...

Sabres in western Canada for a 3-game road-trip, plus McEichel and CJ Smith

January 14, 2019 - 2:02 PM ET

@boosbuzzsabres A lot of times when a team is in a funk the overriding theme on a far-reaching road trip like this is that it will be a good bonding experience. Without any local distractions, it's just the team and their opponents and a lot of time to focus solely on the task at hand. Buffal...

Flames are hot, Swords are cold. Plus, moving on from Monday' 7-2 loss.

January 16, 2019 - 12:36 PM ET

@boosbuzzsabres I'm not sure what this Buffalo Sabres team was thinking the other night in Edmonton. Perhaps they thought they were the much better team and after scoring exactly one minute into the game, the Oilers would roll over against a "superior" Sabres team? Hmmmmm. Seems like that's ha...

Beaulexit? Sabres d-man is said to want more playing time in Buffalo

January 17, 2019 - 12:51 PM ET

@boosbuzzsabres Sabres defenseman Nathan Beaulieu is said to be wanting out of Buffalo. Reports surfaced last night that the 26 yr. old Strathroy, Ontario native asked to be traded but according to TSN, Beaulieu's agent Kent Hughes said that there wasn't a trade-demand. "He's not happy with Bu...

Sabres in Vancouver before a long, 10-day break

January 18, 2019 - 11:05 AM ET

It's too bad the Sabres went into the slump they did following their winning streak. After being atop the league Buffalo fell rung-by-rung down the ladder and eventually out of a playoff spot. At 24-17-6 on the year the Sabres sit fifth in the Atlantic division with 54 points, are two points behind...

Fit to print, a Sabres recap from the past week

January 20, 2019 - 2:48 PM ET

The Sabres just finished a three-game western Canada road swing that pretty much turned the Corsi-loving faction of the analytics community on it's head. In Buffalo's 4-3 OT win at Calgary, they were sent 23 shots on goal and only 37 shots total the Flames' way while seeing 61 shots attempts at them...