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Buffalo Sabres Announce National Television Schedule for Upcoming Season

July 23rd, 2014 at 6:33 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Sabres have announced that the team will appear on national television 11 times during the upcoming season.

The team, which was an eye sore last season, will hope that its newly constructed roster will save embarrassment for the organization when they are in front of the entire nation, while showcasing some of the young talent that will make up the roster.

Buffalo will play on the NBC Sports Network on each of their 11 nationally televised games, with no games scheduled to air on NBC. Below is a list of games that are scheduled to air on the network:

 

  • Oct. 14 at Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 11 at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
  • Nov. 18 vs. San Jose, 7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 2 vs. Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 9 vs. Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 18 at Detroit, 8 p.m.
  • Feb. 15 vs. Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 17 at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m.
  • March 3 at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
  • March 16 vs. Washington, 7 p.m.
  • March 17 at Boston, 7:30 p.m.

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Buffalo Sabres; NHL Could Learn from World Cup Overtime Rules

July 22nd, 2014 at 9:58 PM
By Mike Matisz

During the World Cup over the past month, the NHL was considering a new overtime method to create more winners without going to a shootout. 

The ideas that were floated around include a 10-minute period with teams changing sides half-way through. Other ideas include reducing the number of players on the ice as the overtime continues on, creating more chances. 

One thing that could be learned through the World Cup could be the method in which points are earned as well as their overtime in knockout rounds. 

The current method of determining a winner in the NHL is an overtime period of four-on-four that ends with a golden goal or ends with a shootout to determine the winner. If the winner is determined in overtime, then the win will be count towards the tie-breaking method, whereas the winner of a shootout does not get a credit towards the tie-breaker. 

In the World Cup, as is with most soccer leagues, the winner gets three points. A tie ends in each team getting a point. If the NHL doesn't want to include ties, then the incentive for winning in overtime should be the full three points, with none to the loser. 

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Buffalo Sabres Prospects Look to Gain Seasoning in College Hockey Ranks

July 20th, 2014 at 12:15 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The NHL is increasingly seeing its young stars emerge from the college ranks, and the Buffalo Sabres hope to be a part of that trend. 

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Several of their top prospects who took part in last week's development camp are returning to the college ranks in 2014-15. Most agree that the NCAA allows them to gain experience and learn about what it takes to compete at upper levels of hockey.

"I've settles more into a role as a power forward," said Hudson Fasching, whose Minnesota Golden Gophers lost in last season's championship game. "We've got a good team. I want to go back and make a run."

As a freshman last year, Fasching scored 14 goals and 16 assists in 40 games. He said the college game has helped him figure out the type of player he wants to be on the ice.

The same goes for West Seneca native Sean Malone. He was the Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Year in 2013-14, scoring six goals and 14 assists with Harvard. He feels the all-around aspects of college life will help his NHL development going forward:

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Buffalo Sabres Hold High Hopes as Development Camp Wraps

July 19th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The Buffalo Sabres' development camp made quite an impression on its participants, some of whom won't be back at the First Niagara Center for 12 more months.

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Forty-one prospects took part. The camp gave entry-level players and unsigned draft picks a taste of the team's culture. After a horrid 2013-14 season, some people might think that's not such a good thing. But the potential future Sabres completely disagree.

"I came out there, and there's so much talent on the ice," said Taylor Fasching, whom the Sabres acquired last season from the Los Angeles Kings and who's returning for his sophomore season at the University of Minnesota. "I like the atmosphere out there. There's a lot of competition. It's a lot of fun."

Sabres fans also had fun. Nearly 15,000 attended at least a portion of the camp, including more than 8,700 who were at Tuesday's scrimmage. This week's crowds set an event record.

"Since we moved development camp to the First Niagara Center three years ago, it has quickly become a signature off-season event for our fans," Sabres President Ted Black said. "There is so much interest and excitement surrounding the Sabres prospects right now, especially with our present and future high draft picks."

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Buffalo Sabres Prospects Bring Attitude to Organization as Development Camp Comes to an End

July 18th, 2014 at 8:02 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The purpose of the Development Camp for the Buffalo Sabres is to help groom the young talent they have and mold it into a cohesive unit.

After the camp has ended, it's clear that the prospect pool has plenty of attitude.

After last season's debacle, the Sabres locker room had a dark, losing vibe to it, and apparently the young prospects didn't care for that atmosphere. There have been reports of physical play and tough competitions throughout the camp, whether it was Rasmus Ristolainen or Brendan Lemieux throwing the body around or Mikhail Grigorenko showing extreme progression. The young Sabres and Sabres-to-be are already tired of losing, and the future appears to be bright with the young core they are molding. Even Hudson Fasching, who just finished his freshman year at the University of Minnesota, said that he could appreciate the competitive nature of the camp and the talent he was up against.

The Sabres may have a season or two left of suffering through growing pains, but once the younger players gain the experience they need, the Sabres will be a force in the NHL for a long time.

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