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Buffalo Sabres Find History Repeating Itself Early in 2014-15 Season

October 20th, 2014 at 5:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The Buffalo Sabres were expected to be among the worst teams in the NHL in 2014-15. Coming off a league-worst finish in 2013-14, it seems the club has shown no improvement at all in the early going.

The Sabres have started this year 1-5-0, with that one victory coming in a shootout at the Carolina Hurricanes. That actually improves upon the results from last year. Buffalo went 0-6-1 to start 2013-14, with the lone victory also coming in extra time. Buffalo actually went 1-9-1 to open the season before claiming a regulation win Oct. 25, 2013.

This year's team has matched last year's in goal output, also. Buffalo had eight goals in six games this year. Last year's team had seven goals by this point and ended the year with 157, the fewest the team has ever recorded in a full season of play.

"It's tough to analyze right now, but we've got to find a way" to score, said Sabres center Cody Hodgson after Saturday's loss to the Boston Bruins, Buffalo's second straight shutout loss. "We've got to figure it out. We can't keep going like this."

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Buffalo Sabres AHL Affiliate Rochester Americans Top Toronto Marlies 4-1

October 20th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Mike Matisz

Buffalo Sabres AHL affiliate Rochester Americans continued to pile on the goals as the cruised to a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Marlies Saturday afternoon.

Four different goal scorers lit the lamp for the Amerks and goaltender Nathan Lieuwen made 24 saves.

The Amerks are now in a tie with the Marlies for second in the North Division.

Goals were scored by Dan Catenacci, Akim Aliu, Phil Varone and Mikhail Grigorenko while Chad Ruhwedel and William Carrier both earned an assist to extend their point streaks to three games each.

The Amerks were able to put 41 shots on net in the win, while keeping the Marlies scoreless until the first minute of the third period.

With the win the Amerks pull into an early tie with the Marlies for second in the division. This was the first of 10 meetings between the two teams this season.

The Amerks were able to pile three goals on in the second period, including Grigorenko’s spinning goal at the top of the crease to put them up 4-0.

The Amerks are now 2-1-0 and have scored a league-leading 14 goals in the three games.

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Buffalo Sabres AHL Affiliate Rochester Americans to Televise 12 Games in Buffalo; Rochester

October 20th, 2014 at 1:25 PM
By Mike Matisz

The Buffalo Sabres AHL affiliate Rochester Americans have announced their local television schedule for the Buffalo and Rochester areas.

The Amerks will simulcast radio and television for 12 regular season games.

The games, 10 of which are home games, will be shown on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel. In Rochester, that is channel 26/323HD and in Buffalo it’s 323HD.

Here is the list of games that will be televised:

Wednesday, Oct. 29 vs. Hamilton at First Niagara Center (7 p.m.)
Friday, Nov. 14 vs. Toronto (7 p.m.)
Saturday, Dec. 6 at Syracuse (7 p.m.)
Wednesday, Dec. 17 vs. Syracuse (7 p.m.)
Friday, Dec. 19 vs. Syracuse (7 p.m.)
Friday, Dec. 26 vs. Lake Erie (7 p.m.)
Friday, Jan. 23 vs. Adirondack (7 p.m.)
Friday, Feb. 13 vs. Adirondack (7 p.m.)
Wednesday, Feb. 25 vs. Syracuse (7 p.m.)
Friday, Mar. 13 vs. Hamilton (7 p.m.)
Saturday, Mar. 28 at Syracuse (7 p.m.)
Friday, Apr. 17 vs. Utica (7 p.m.)

Currently, players such as Mikhail Grigorenko, Nathan Lieuwen and Phil Varone play for Rochester and may be in the red, white and blue for the televised games.

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Buffalo Sabres in Similar Position Compared to Last Season

October 20th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Sabres had a historically bad season last year, and it looks as if history may be repeating itself.

Through six games of the year, the Sabres have just one more point than they had in their first six games last season. The Sabres earned a point in an overtime loss last season against the Tampa Bay Lightning, while they earned a shootout win over the Carolina Hurricanes this season. Through six games, the Sabres have been shutout twice already this season, compared to once last season, and they have given up 24 goals through that stretch this season, compared to 16 in that stretch last season.

The Sabres are not a good team this season, nor is anyone expecting them to be. Many fans are hoping for a complete tank of the season in an effort to earn the top pick in this year's draft so they can land Connor McDavid. The unfortunate truth, however, is that this is not a tank, the team is just that bad. Much of that can be attributed to youth, as Buffalo has a handful of veterans, one of which includes Drew Stafford, who is more likely to be a negative influence on the younger core. A lot of their problems can also be attributed to goaltending.

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Upcoming West Coast Trip Expected to Be Tough for Buffalo Sabres

October 20th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Sabres are off to yet another poor start, and it doesn't look like it will be getting any better this week.

The Sabres will head west to play three of the powerhouse teams in the conference. Buffalo will start the swing against the Anaheim Ducks, who already manhandled Buffalo last week. They will then travel to LA to visit the Kings, before finishing the trip in San Jose to play the Sharks on Saturday afternoon.

Buffalo has struggled against the worst of the teams in the NHL already, but an early trip to the west against three, very good playoff teams could possibly return the Sabres to the east with three more loses and extra bruises on their egos.

The Sabres are in a rebuilding state. That much is known. But the schedule makers didn't make the transition any easier for Buffalo. They are near the top in back-to-back games this season, and an early trip out west is almost a brutal joke on the team. Buffalo has a ton of young players on the roster, and no goaltending. Their defense is a work in progress as well. That combination is a recipe for absolute disaster against the strong opponents in the west.

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