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Queen City Sports:
After a hard fought, comeback win against the Boston Bruins on Friday night, the Buffalo Sabres have a little more confidence brewing than they did after the last two times the teams met.
In order to keep the confidence growing, the Sabres have to pass a big test this afternoon when they face the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins in a nationally televised game (NBC) on Hockey Day In America.
The Penguins, who currently sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with 20 points, have won their last two games and six of their last eight contests. They also have a superstar-laden lineup that boasts the man currently tied with Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek for the NHL goal lead.
James Neal enters Sunday with 11 goals, and has quietly put together a stellar beginning to the 2013 season for Pittsburgh. It’s easy to do that when you have the likes of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Kris Letang as teammates.
In its last outing, Buffalo played, arguably, its best period of the season when they scored three third period goals on ten shots to take down the Bruins 4-2. What was even more impressive was how the defense played in the final period on Friday. They allowed just three shots to get to Ryan Miller, who will once again start this afternoon countering the Penguins Marc-Andre Fleury.
There is a potential that Mikhail Grigorenko gets scratched for this contest, but the final verdict wont come in until just before opening face off.
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The Buffalo Sabres have just not been the team everyone expected them to be this season, but it hasn’t been because of the play of Ryan Miller.
The Buffalo goaltender has been incredible this season, despite repeated defensive breakdowns in front of him. Following the Sabres’ loss to the Penguins on Sunday afternoon, it sounded like frustrations were starting to get the best...
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If you haven’t heard by now, Ryan Miller had some choice words on Sunday afternoon after the Buffalo Sabres gave away a game to the Pittsburgh Penguins after fighting back from 2-0 to take the lead in the third period.
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Sabres goalie Ryan Miller has seen more shots than any other goalie so far this season, so to say he’s broken in would be an understatement. Sunday during Hockey Day in America, the Sabres and Pens were knotted at three when Neal was set to ring up his 12th goal of 2013 as Sidney Crosby fed him deep in the Sabres’ zone.
Miller gave Neal a Mutombo wag and denied him with a glove...
The Buffalo Sabres fell 4-3 to Pittsburgh yesterday afternoon in what was yet another failed attempt for Lindy Ruff’s club to win back to back home games for the first time this season. The loss was especially disconcerting because Steve Ott’s third period tally had completed a comeback from a 2-0 deficit and had actually given Buffalo a 3-2 lead in the final frame.
Thomas Vanek’s been the only Sabre to produce on the power play. Five of his twelve goals has been with the man advantage
At 6-9-1 and tied 10th in the Eastern Conference Standings, there are a lot of issues currently plaguing the Buffalo Sabres. One of those issues is the team’s lack of ability to produce consistently on the power play.
Buffalo finds itself sitting in the bottom...
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During the celebration of Hockey Day In America, it’s only fitting that the Buffalo Sabres American goalie Ryan Miller delivered this absolute gem. Tied 3-3 late in the 3rd period, Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal somehow got wide open in the Sabres zone. Sidney Crosby hit Neal with a perfect pass, and Ryan Miller miraculously came across the crease and snagged it out...
It’s become an unfortunate reality for the Buffalo Sabres: late period goals against. And on Sunday, the unfortunate happened once again in Buffalo’s 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh.
For the sixth time this season, the Sabres gave up a goal with less than 2:30 left to play in a period — a Paul Martin shot with 2:04 remaining. It ended up being the second time that the goal given up...
Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres played a great game in goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday — Hockey Day in America, in case you didn’t know. With the game tied 3-3 with just over three minutes left in the third period, Miller darted to his left to make a glove save on James Neal’s one-timer.
Watch the awesomeness below:
Unfortunately for Miller,...
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By: Connor Nielen (@ConnorNielen)
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The old adage about weather in Buffalo goes: “if you don’t like it, wait five minutes.” With a third of the NHL season officially in the books, it’s safe to say we can apply that same saying to being a Sabres fan. Consistency is perhaps the last word you would choose when defining the team’s play thus far and that has played a rather large role in why the Sabres have struggled...
Pittsburgh Penguins (10-5-0) @ Buffalo Sabres (6-8-1)
NBC, TSN2, 12:30 pm/et
First Niagara Center - Buffalo, NY
The Pens visit Buffalo on a cold Sunday.
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