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On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's improved defense over their last three games, the strong play of the "fourth" line, and how the Sabres, who are in the thick of the playoff race, are rejecting the concept of "moral victories."


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about head coach Phil Housley's recent line-shuffling, the team's continued defensive woes, and whether it's finally time for Linus Ullmark to take over the role of number one goaltender.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's return to action this week, splitting games in Columbus and Dallas. Could rookie forward Casey Mittelstadt be on the verge of a breakout? Also, the Sabres begin a rare seven-game homestand Friday night when they host the Chicago Blackhawks. Success over the two-week stretch is critical for the team's playoff aspirations.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about how the team's long break could help them once again find their game. How did the Sabres go from first place in the NHL to out of a playoff spot in six weeks? And could some fresh faces help the franchise end its long postseason drought?


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Wednesday's much-needed win over the Calgary Flames and where the team stands just ahead of their upcoming bye week. Also, goaltender Linus Ullmark has been outperforming Carter Hutton in recent weeks. Will Ullmark take over the starter role for the Sabres' playoff push?


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Tuesday's 5-1 win over the New Jersey Devils, which saw two Sabres rookies score their first NHL goals. Also, the pending return of star forward Jack Eichel, the return of goal-scoring dynamo Jeff Skinner to Carolina, and what to watch for in the second half of the season.


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On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Jack Eichel's injury, what players need to step up in his absence, and seeing a healthy Lawrence Pilut back in the lineup. With the Sabres holding on to a wild card spot by a thread, Bill also discusses what teams could pass them in the standings.

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On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about a win over the Anaheim Ducks, the hot play of Linus Ullmark and how he was developed, the Ryan O' Reilly as it stands and the struggling St. Louis Blues, the Sabres raised expectations, and what young defensman you should keep an eye out for in 2019.


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Buffalo Sabres play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret fell ill during the third period of Saturday's broadcast and was taken from the Keybank Center on a stretcher.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Tuesday's home loss to the Florida Panthers, a team the Sabres have had difficulty defeating. Also, Jack Eichel has been on a tear, continuing his ascent into one of the NHL's elite players, and a look at the situation surrounding now ex-Sabre Patrik Berglund, who was waived Wednesday after failing to report to the team last weekend.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Tuesday's victory over the Los Angeles Kings, a win that snapped a five-game losing streak. Also, a lack of secondary scoring has become a problem for the Sabres, who continue to rely heavily on their top line. And we check in on rookie defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, the number one overall pick, who has been making dazzling plays on a nightly basis.


After winning ten in a row, the Buffalo Sabres have gone 0-2-2 in their last four games. On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about a tough stretch of close contests against some of the NHL's top teams. Tuesday night's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs was a showcase for two of hockey's brightest young stars. Sam Reinhart continues to pile up points and rookie defenseman Lawrence Pilut has impressed in his first taste of NHL action.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's remarkable 10(!)-game winning streak and how the first-place Sabres have reinvigorated their fan base with a series of fun and exciting games, many of them decided in extra time.


The Buffalo Sabres have run their winning streak into double digits.

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The owners of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres have hired a consulting firm to help them study possible next steps for the venues where the professional football and hockey teams play. In the case of the Bills, the upcoming feasibility analysis includes exploration of an entirely new stadium.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's six-game winning streak and buzz they have created in Western New York and across the National Hockey League. Also, a look at the continued heroics of goaltender Carter Hutton and how the team's defensemen are contributing on offense, a stark contrast from last season.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's three-game winning streak, the resiliency they've showed against strong competition, and the continued strong play of goaltender Carter Hutton and prolific goal scorer Jeff Skinner.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's nine-goal explosion last weekend against the Ottawa Senators, the strong play of forward Jason Pominville and the team's top line, and what positives can be taken away from some recent losses.


The Buffalo Sabres suffered a tough 2-1 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames Tuesday night, but things are looking up after the Sabres finished with their best record in October since 2011. On this edtion of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks with Nick Lippa about the team's recent success, which includes strong goaltending performances from Carter Hutton and Linus Ullmark. The Amerks are a "powerhouse" according to Hoppe. So when will some of that talent make their way to Buffalo? Also, Jason Pominville will be playing his 1,000 career game in the NHL Thursday against the Ottawa Senators.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's (mostly) impressive western road trip which featured successful lineup changes, the emergence of goal scorer Jeff Skinner and some strong play by defenseman Zach Bogosian.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about an up and down start to the season for the team, who have looked impressive in their three wins and dreadful in their three losses. Also, the return of oft-injured defenseman Zach Bogosian and a check-in with the Sabres' AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the first three games of the 2018-19 season, which featured an ugly opening night loss to Boston followed by two impressive wins over the New York Rangers and Vegas Golden Knights. Also, a look at the team's improved depth, represented by the strong play of its fourth line. And how has rookie defenseman Rasmus Dahlin looked in his first NHL games?


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The Buffalo Sabres opened their 2018-19 National Hockey League season with a disappointing home shutout loss to the rival Boston Bruins. But before witnessing the 4-0 defeat, fans - and family of Sabres players - celebrated the start of a new hockey season, and hope for improvement upon last season's last-place finish.

The Buffalo Sabres kick off the 2018-19 season with a home game against the Boston Bruins Thursday night. On the season premiere of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's revamped roster, which includes #1 overall draft pick Rasmus Dahlin, top line forward Jeff Skinner and new goaltender Carter Hutton, among others. Also, Jack Eichel gets the captain's 'C' on his jersey and Bill gives his prediction on whether the Sabres, who finished in last place in the NHL last season, will make the playoffs for the first time since 2011.


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Former Buffalo Sabres captain Brian Gionta has formally announced his retirement as an NHL player, but he has accepted a role as a development coach for the Sabres and Rochester Americans on a part-time basis.

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Buffalo's budget needs led to a tax on tickets sold for most of the city's entertainment venues. However, the tax is in the city budget, but has yet to take effect.

Puck drops at 8pm for 11-day hockey marathon

Jul 5, 2018
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The 11-Day Power Play Community Shift begins Thursday night at HarborCenter. It is the follow-up to last year's inaugural event, organized by Mike and Amy Lesakowski to raise money for cancer research by breaking the record for the world's longest hockey game.

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After months of rumors and speculation, the Buffalo Sabres traded center Ryan O' Reilly to the St. Louis Blues. The blockbuster deal included 3 current NHL players and 2 future draft picks.

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"Positive vibes" and “enthusiasm” were not words fans associated with the last-place Buffalo Sabres last season. But for the hundreds who attended the team's summer development camp at HarborCenter this week, the wide belief is that better days are ahead.

The Buffalo Sabres have acquired forward Conor Sheary and defenseman Matt Hunwick in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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