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An electric atmosphere. Great sight lines. Lively glass panels and boards that would rattle and reverberate from solid body checks. There was so much to love about Buffalo’s Memorial Auditorium. Before jumping back in to another Sabres season that’s filled with new front office personnel and an overhauled roster, let’s pause and turn back the
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Line juggling isn’t an exact science as proven by the best lines in the NHL. Coaches sometimes load their top talent on one line, hoping that the superstars will carry the team. Other coaches mix highly-skilled players with role players. Then, there are coaches who strike gold with an unlikely trio of linemates. All three of
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It’s time to be honest with ourselves. The Chicago Blackhawks just aren’t the dynasty they used to be. Winning Cups in 2010, 2013, and 2015 has certainly raised expectations. The Hawks are supposed to be contenders every year, right? Wrong. The team has struggled in the past three seasons, and everyone is wondering if they
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This is the second installment covering Buffalo’s 11-Day Power Play Community Shift: Fighting cancer with hockey. To read the first, click here.  No matter the age, 11 years old or 72, the faces come off the ice smiling. They’re covered with sweat and beaming with pride. There are handshakes and hugs, some lasting a little
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Of the many questions yet to be answered ahead of the 2018-19 National Hockey League season, the fate of Slava Voynov is perhaps the most impactful. Voynov, once a rising star defenseman with the Los Angeles Kings, was arrested on charges of domestic violence against his wife, Marta Varlamova, in October 2014. Initially charged with
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After acquiring Patrick Eaves from the Dallas Stars in the 2016-17 season and eventually advancing to the Western Conference Final, the Anaheim Ducks were left without a first-round draft pick in 2017. This season, general manager Bob Murray exercised a conservative approach at the trade deadline, specifically mentioning his reluctance to part with another first-rounder
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While Alex Ovechkin and his teammates finished up their gallivanting with the Stanley Cup in the wee hours of Friday morning in Las Vegas, oddsmakers were hard at work drawing up odds for next year. CUP TOUR!Ovechkin and team walking through the MGM@nbcwashington pic.twitter.com/CEWFtQ07OX — dckerNBC4 (@dckerNBC4) June 8, 2018 The Washington Capitals 4-3 win
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Goalies are often compared by their win-loss record, goals against average, and number of shutouts and Stanley Cups won. This article is about the lesser-known records. The obscure ones. Facts that are great to know and fun to discuss during water cooler conversation or when enjoying a few cold beverages with friends. Roberto Luongo sits
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The Stanley Cup Final is about to start and free agency is still more than a month away, with the NHL’s annual offseason reshaping of rosters not quite ready to commence in full. Despite that, the numerous predictions about what’s in store for the Chicago Blackhawks in 2018-19 have evoked a sense of certainty. The
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If history has shown hockey fans anything, then it has illustrated that there are no guarantees when the Stanley Cup playoffs begin. Here are the top five Stanley Cup upsets in hockey history. Greatest Stanley Cup Upsets #5: 1945 Semifinals Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens After the end of the 1944-1945 regular season, the
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Ahh, the Arizona Coyotes. Hockey’s favourite punching bag. Long plagued by arena troubles, attendance troubles, financial troubles, ownership troubles and pretty much every other sort of trouble you can imagine, the National Hockey League has, nevertheless, stood by its desert outpost. While this might seem like an inexplicable course of action for the notoriously conservative
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There will never be any replicating of Doug Harvey. One should be very cautious even about drawing comparisons between the legendary defenseman and other players since his time. Bobby Orr certainly revolutionized the defense position. Paul Coffey rewrote the majority of the offensive records for D-men. Nicklas Lidstrom defined the 1990s and 2000s as the
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It’s hard to imagine there could be greater divide over a single player on the Buffalo Sabres roster more than Robin Lehner. But, times have changed. Move over Robin — it’s Ryan O’Reilly’s turn. After O’Reilly’s comments at locker room cleanout day that he’d “lost passion for the game at times this year,” he’s become
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Let’s face it, we’re all a little tired of the Chicago Blackhawks. Given how often they’re on national television, how many of them were named to the National Hockey League’s Top 100 (despite questionable qualifications) and, of course, the league’s insistence on sending them to every single outdoor game ever, the NHL seems to view
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Sometimes, things don’t go according to plan. This was true for the 2017-18 Boston Bruins who fell short of their ultimate goal of winning a Stanley Cup following a loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second-round of the postseason. Related: Bruins Exceeded Expectations in 2017-18 Though the Bruins were unable to capture hockey’s
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A bridge deal is a team’s way of saying to a young player: “So you had some success on your rookie contract. We’ll give you a short contract to see if you can sustain it.” It’s a gamble for the team. If the player maintains or elevates his performance on the bridge deal, he has
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The late sixties were an eventful period to say the least. Peace rallies opposing the continued American military presence in Vietnam were growing like wildfire, the Beatles maintained their dominance of the music charts with the release of their “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band” album, and the summer months were dubbed the “summer of
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