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Buffalo Sabres Dumped by Colorado Avalanche

December 20th, 2014 at 9:42 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Sabres were knocked back to reality tonight as they were blasted by the Colorado Avalanche 5-1.

The Sabres allowed a regular-strength goal, power play goal, short-handed goal and an empty net goal in the loss, as the Avalanche completely dominated the entire game. Jarome Iginla had three assists, while Alex Tanguay had two goals and an assist. Johan Larsson scored the only goal for the Sabres, earning his first-career NHL goal.

The Sabres had three days to rest and prepare for Colorado's high-flying offense and proved to be no match for it. Buffalo has now lost two-straight games, and none of their winning streaks are active any longer.

Things won't get any easier for the Sabres, as they will travel to Boston tonight to play the Bruins. Buffalo has been dreadful on the road, losing the last three games. They haven't been great in the last two games either, allowing 10 goals in the last two games.

Tomorrow's game against the Bruins is scheduled for 7 pm, which will conflict with the game between the Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders. The Bills still have a chance for the playoffs, so many will likely be tuning into that game, instead of watching the Sabres during the recent struggle.

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Buffalo Sabres Look to Keep Home Cooking Hot Against Colorado Avalanche

December 20th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The Buffalo Sabres had their four-game winning streak snapped Tuesday by the Winnipeg Jets. But they have another streak to try and extend when they host the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday (7 p.m., MSG).

The Sabres (13-17-2) have won 10 out of their last 14 games even with the loss. They've also won their last six home games, including their most recent four-game homestand.

The loss could be blamed in part on the team not starting Jhonas Enroth. Michal Neuvirth got the start, the game being the second of back-to-back games, and surrendered five Winnipeg goals. Enroth is expected back in goal Saturday and is 9-2 in his last 11 starts.

"He's played well almost every game he's been in," coach Ted Nolan said of Enroth, who's 10-10-1 on the year with a 2.96 GAA and .916 save percentage. "He's been really, really good and giving us a chance to get points. So no complaints as far as his play whatsoever."

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Buffalo Sabres Injury Updates: Josh Gorges, Mike Weber and Tyson Strachan

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

The Buffalo Sabres have had issues with keeping defensemen healthy this season, but relief might be on its way.

Mike Weber skated for the first time Friday since minor knee surgery sidelined him on Dec. 12. Weber is not expected to play this weekend against the Colorado Avalanche and Boston Bruins, but he could return to the Sabres Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings.

Tyson Strachan has missed the last four games with a lower-body injury and did not skate in Buffalo's last two practices. Ted Nolan told Sabres.com that Strachan's availability will be evaluated before tonight's game against the Avalanche, though not skating at practice is an indication that he won't be able to go.

Sabres101.com reported earlier this week that Josh Gorges would likely return this weekend, and Nolan confirmed to Sabres.com that is likely the case. Gorges missed the last two games with an injured finger, but was very close to playing in both of the last two games. Gorges is looking to stabilize a defensive unit that fell victim to the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.

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Buffalo Sabres to Host Second-Annual ‘Unpucked’ Event

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

The Buffalo Sabres have announced that the team will hold the second-annual 'Unpucked' event on Feb. 12 at 6:30 pm at the First Niagara Center.

Current Sabres players, coaches and members of the team's alumni will perform as guest musical performers, while Kelsea Ballerini and John King will perform as well.

Tickets are $35 for general admission and $125 for VIP guests. A VIP ticket will get fans a credential, complimentary food and drinks and will obtain admittance to an exclusive lounge next to the stage. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Buffalo Sabres Foundation.

Along with the live music, the event will feature an auction and a raffle featuring collections and memorabilia from top-40 recording artists along with items from the Sabres organization.

King is returning for his second appearance at the event, having performed last year. Ballerini is a country singer who currently sits at the No. 35 spot on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.

The Sabres put on a successful show last season, with Drew Stafford and Ryan Miller starring as musical performers. With Miller no longer with the team, Stafford is likely to return, playing his guitar. The Sabres have yet to disclose the alumni available to perform this year, though Gilbert Perreault is known for his vocals.

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Buffalo Sabres AHL Affiliate Rochester Americans to Play Oklahoma City Barons One Last Time in Rochester

December 19th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Mike Matisz

The Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL announced Thursday that the team would cease all operations at the end of the season, meaning that the Buffalo Sabres' AHL affiliate Rochester Americans will only play the Barons one more time in Rochester.

The Barons, who are the farm club of the Edmonton Oilers, cited a bad market as well as an inability to secure a deal with the Oilers.

“At this particular point the market isn’t as accepting as we’d like,” CEO Bob Funk Jr. told The Oklahoman. “But maybe at some point in the future it will be more accepting which is why we’ll always keep the door open.”

The Rochester Americans still have a game at home and one away against Oklahoma City, being the last two times these teams will play each other. The game in Rochester is set for January 10, 2015.

Oklahoma City currently is in the bottom five in attendance and saw crowds of less than 2,000 fans during their two home playoff games.

The team had until December 31 to tell city officials if they intended to keep operating the team at their current venue. The team couldn't secure the right kind of market to continue operating.

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