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On this week's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe discusses Tuesday's miserable loss to the Montreal Canadiens and looks ahead at what to expect in a busy month of February as the team looks to make a playoff push in the season's second half.


After three consecutive overtime wins, the Buffalo Sabres are back in the playoff hunt. On this week's Behind The Bench, reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's developing character and how the talented Sabres are "learning how to win."


The roller coaster ride that has been the 2016-17 season continues for the Buffalo Sabres, who are still struggling to find consistency in their game. On this week's Behind The Bench, reporter Bill Hoppe talks about how the team compares with their cross-border rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have undergone a similar rebuild in recent years, and how some of general manager Tim Murray's moves have left the team with holes and question marks throughout the lineup.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's current run, which has them back in the hunt for a playoff spot, and whether Anders Nilsson should be the Sabres' primary netminder in the second half of the season.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Tuesday's win over the New York Rangers, which came on the heels of a losing stretch that has the team mired in last place. Also, a look at star forward Jack Eichel's recent locker room outburst and a local native who just scored his first NHL goal.


Behind the Bench: Kane is able but O'Reilly is ailing

Dec 29, 2016

The Buffalo Sabres snapped a winless skid earlier this week and prepare to face a division archrival to close out 2016. However, they've lost the services of Ryan O'Reilly, who is out following a medical emergency. Meanwhile, the World Junior Hockey tournament is happening across the border, and there's a Western New York connection. Bill Hoppe has more in this week's edition of Behind the Bench:


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's, and goalie Robin Lehner's, struggles in shootouts this season. Also, a look at the standings, the return of a name from the past, and has Rasmus Ristolainen become one of the NHL's elite defenseman?


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Tuesday night's big home win over the Los Angeles Kings, a game that saw the team's best players shine in an exciting, comeback victory.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the latest "McEichel" game, the continuing impact of Jack Eichel's return on his teammates and the state of the team's blue line, which is missing three regulars.


Jack Eichel is back and the Buffalo Sabres' franchise player made an immediate impact in his return from injury Tuesday night in Ottawa. On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Eichel's season debut and his effect on his teammates, one in particular.


On a Thanksgiving week edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about two big wins over Pittsburgh and Calgary, the strong play of goaltender Anders Nilsson and defenseman Taylor Fedun, and why Rasmus Ristolainen's stick has become an issue.


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For years he was a favorite at Buffalo Bisons games, shagging foul balls on the sidelines, but always on the frontline of local baseball personalities. Donald Palmer, known as "The Butcher," has died at the age of 49 in his Riverside home.

The Buffalo Sabres' offensive woes continue. The team has lost five straight games and, on many nights, has struggled to score more than one goal. Could some home cooking help turn around the team's fortune? Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe weighs in on this week's Behind The Bench.


In trends that should sound familiar to fans, the Buffalo Sabres are struggling to score goals and win on home ice. Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about those issues and updates some key injuries on this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench.


Coming off a four-game losing streak, the Buffalo Sabres rebounded with three straight wins in the past week. On this week's Behind The Bench, Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe says the team, which was in danger of digging itself into an early-season hole, was able to close out the kinds of games they let slip away last week.


The Buffalo Sabres (1-2-2) completed a four-game road trip Thursday with a gut-wrenching loss in Philadelphia. The result wasn't unlike many games last season, where the team failed to close out games in which they had a lead. Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about that and the continuing resurgence of forward Matt Moulson on this week's Behind The Bench.


Another key injury has hit the Buffalo Sabres early in the 2016-17 campaign. Just days after star forward Jack Eichel went down, Evander Kane suffered an injury in the season opener that will sideline him for several weeks. Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about that and the team's first three games on this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench.


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The Sabres hosted a packed and happy Party on the Plaza Thursday night. That mood shifted considerably after the home team lost its opening game to the Montreal Canadiens, 4-1.


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The Buffalo Sabres open their 2016-2017 National Hockey League regular season tonight at home against Montreal in the recently-renamed KeyBank Center. That's just one of several changes fans will notice when they arrive.


The Buffalo Sabres open the 2016-2017 season Thursday night with a game against the Montreal Canadiens at KeyBank Center. But the team was dealt a major blow on Wednesday when young star Jack Eichel suffered a high-ankle sprain at practice. No timetable has been set for his return, but Eichel is expected to miss several weeks. WBFO's Omar Fetouh talked about the injury and the new season with Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe on the season premiere of Behind The Bench.


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Buffalo Sabres star forward Jack Eichel suffered an ankle injury in practice Wednesday morning and had to be helped off the ice.

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When the Buffalo Sabres begin their 2016-17 National Hockey League season next week, fans will be able to enjoy new food items ranging from specialty hot dogs to sushi. The Sabres, along with Delaware North Sportservice, are emphasizing local flavors that utilize components from local businesses in this year's new menu items.


Buffalo Sabres alum Richie Dunn dead at 59

Sep 21, 2016
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Buffalo Sabres alumni Richie Dunn has died. He was 59 years old.

Downtown Buffalo arena officially becomes KeyBank Center

Sep 19, 2016
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The Buffalo Sabres' home arena officially has a new name. On Monday morning, representatives of the pro hockey team, City of Buffalo and KeyBank gathered inside the downtown venue to officially rename it KeyBank Center.


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Today's 202nd anniversary of America's national anthem may have passed without much fanfare, except that some professional athletes have begun using the singing of the Star Spangled Banner before each game to protest racial injustice. WBFO talked with Western New York's most recognizable anthem singer for his perspective on the issue.

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College hockey star Jimmy Vesey has chosen to sign a contract with the New York Rangers.

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Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor counts of harassment, disorderly conduct and trespassing in relation to a confrontation in a Chippewa Street bar in late June.

Sabres sign Nylander

Jul 16, 2016
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The Buffalo Sabres have announced that their first round pick from this year's draft has been signed.

Buffalo Sabres General Manager Tim Murray says it's frustrating that the latest controversy surrounding forward Evander Kane became public before all the facts are in. The allegations surrounding Kane involve some sort of disturbance at a Chippewa bar early Friday morning.

The Buffalo Sabres used the second day of the NHL draft at the First Niagara Center Saturday to engineer a trade. The Sabres traded Defenseman Mark Pysyk and the 38th and 89th selections in the draft to Florida for Panthers Defenseman Dmitry Kulikov and the draft's 33rd pick.

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