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Sabres: Coaches Challenges Are Taking Away From the Game

– Scott Goodwin

Risto has taken his game to another level this season. (Getty Images)

Risto has taken his game to another level this season. (Getty Images)

The only proper start for this write-up is an obligatory congratulations to Rasmus Ristolainen for his hat-trick recorded on December 10, 2015 against the Calgary Flames. A Buffalo blue-liner has not completed a hat-trick in over twenty years (Phil Housley 1987-88 season). Risto managed to notch all three goals in the short span of a single period of play (3rd).

The Sabres lost the game by a score of 3-4 after Sean Monahan was setup for the game-winner on a beautiful pass off of the stick of Johnny Gaudreau. It continues a trend of the Sabres losing to underperforming teams. That being said, Calgary deserves classification as a hot team, going 4-0-1 in their last five games and scoring over twenty goals total during that span. Continue reading

Sabres Have High Hopes for the Month of December

– Scott Goodwin

Buffalo’s scouting team breathes a sigh of relief as Reinhart tallies two goal in a Saturday’s 4-1 victory over Nashville [Photo Credit: USA TODAY Sports]

Buffalo’s scouting team breathes a sigh of relief as Reinhart tallies two goal in a Saturday’s 4-1 victory over Nashville [Photo Credit: USA TODAY Sports]

Boy does it feel good to write about this hockey team again. It was a heartbreaker over the weekend for only half of Buffalo’s professional sport spectrum. The Bills loss to the Kansas City Chiefs all but seals the fate of a team that currently holds the title of “longest playoff drought in professional sports”. Yes, as a big Buffalo guy it is very hard to hear that astounding fact.

On a more positive note the Buffalo Sabres finished up the month of November with a 4-1 victory against the Nashville Predators. The Preds shrugged off the Sabres only three nights before in a game that forced Buffalo fans to channel-swap between primetime hockey and Thursday Night Football. Continue reading

The Return of a Legend: Miller Back in Buffalo

Scott Goodwin

**This piece was written before the Sabres 3-2 victory over the Canucks on Saturday

Fans will salute the former Buffalo Sabre as he takes ice for the Vancouver Canucks in a Saturday afternoon home game. – Phot Credit: Associated Press

Fans will salute the former Buffalo Sabre as he takes ice for the Vancouver Canucks in a Saturday afternoon home game. – Phot Credit: Associated Press

Attention has focused directly on Ryan Miller for this weekend’s matchup against the Vancouver Canucks. There will be intense emotions streaming throughout the First Niagara Center as fans, players, coaches and other staff members reflect on the 11 seasons that the Michigan native spent in between the pipes for the Buffalo Sabres.

It will be a different situation for Miller when he skates onto the ice wearing blue, white and green. I know, that sounded pretty good up until the green was mentioned. Miller was traded to the St. Louis Blues on a night that went from routine to hectic. It became a scramble to find an additional goaltender when it was announced that a trade had been made a mere half hour before puck drop. Steve Ott and Ryan Miller were exchanged for Jaroslav Halak and Chris Stewart on March 1, 2014.

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Reflections and Comparisons after a 7-2 Sabres Loss

-Scott Goodwin 

Andrei Markov is all offense on a Friday night at the First Niagara Center. The defenseman is involved in five out of seven of Montreal's goals. (Photo Credit: AP)

Andrei Markov is all offense on a Friday night at the First Niagara Center. The defenseman is involved in five out of seven of Montreal’s goals. (Photo Credit: AP)

The Sabres fell behind quickly to the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night, losing by a score of 7-2. Before jumping to conclusions onlookers should step back and account for Montreal’s past season. They broke the 50-win barrier for the first time since the 1988-89 season. Michel Therrien and his offensively stacked team expect nothing less than taking the Atlantic Division title for a consecutive year.

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Review: Buffalo Sabres After 6 Games

Mike Babcock and Dan Bylsma were introduced to the border rivalry at a divided First Niagara Center on Wednesday night. Buffalo squeezed by Toronto in a shootout victory that had a final score of 2-1. Visiting Maple Leaf fans were sent back across the northern border in a silent and swift fashion. The last 18 matchups at FNC between the two teams sits at an extraordinary record of 16-1-1 in favor of the hometown Sabres.

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The 2015 New York Yankees: A Disappointing Surprise

– Scott Goodwin

Brian McCann tears off the batting gloves as Houston celebrates a 3 - 0 victory over the NY Yankees on October 6th/Photo Credit: Adam Hunger USA Today Sports

Brian McCann tears off the batting gloves as Houston celebrates a 3 – 0 victory over the NY Yankees on October 6th/Photo Credit: Adam Hunger USA Today Sports

The New York Yankees lost to the younger, more athletic and lesser compensated Houston Astros in the AL Wild Card Game by a score of 3 – 0. The sold out crowd roared throughout the opening frame as Yankee’s ace Masahiro Tanaka aimed strike after strike at the Houston batters. Vinny Milano, the leader of the Bleacher Creatures clearly had a rough time leading his traditional roll call. He added an absent C.C. Sabathia to the call, the pitcher departed from the team on Monday to enter an alcohol rehab clinic.   Continue reading

Sabres Lose But Eichel Shines

– Scott Goodwin

Eichel Leads Third Period Rally But Buffalo Falls Short to Ottawa

Jack Eichel scores his first NHL goal of the 2015 - 2016 season in the Sabre’s opening home game Photo Credit: Tom Brenner / Getty Images

Jack Eichel scores his first NHL goal of the 2015 – 2016 season in the Sabres opening home game (Tom Brenner / Getty Images)

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Eichel Shines In Opening Preseason Game

Scott Goodwin

I couldn’t help but have a smile on my face as the “Sabre Dance” played on WGR Sport Radio on Monday evening. The Sabres were finally back in action on a fresh sheet of ice at the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Sabres trumped the Wild by a score of 3 – 2 despite the several prominent forwards missing from Buffalo’s lineup. Fans listening via radio or receiving updates must have been displeased by the fact that this preseason game went untelevised.

It’s a rare realization, preseason is now interesting this year, there are so many new things to analyze about this team. The theme of the preseason opener was music to any Buffalo fan’s ears. Continue reading

The Hard Foul Pick ‘Em: Week 2

– The Hard Foul Staff 

Week 1 is in the books, and the Hard Foul Staff looked like this with their predictions:

Brian Wolf led the way with 13 correctly picked winners.

Angela Nicholas, Evan Sally, Matt Haring, and Steve Stich had 11 correctly picked winners.

Scott Goodwin and Cruz Serrano knotted 10 winners a piece.

Rounding out the group was Jim Bearor, Zack El-Sharif, and Mike Tolsma with 8 winners.

This week, the gang does this one a little different. This is the style we intend to use the rest of the way. The staff decided on 4 big games and will be picking those, with the inclusion of Adam Bennett (HFSCleveland) as well.

The games this week we have decided to pick are: New England at Buffalo, Seattle at Green Bay, San Diego at Cincinnati, and Dallas at Philadelphia. Who do you have in this week’s Big 4? Continue reading

NFL Week 1 Pick ‘Em

– The Hard Foul Team

Throughout the course of the National Football League season, we at HFS are going to provide the best coverage we can. This week, the staff at Hard Foul Sports is giving you their Week 1 picks. During the year, we will keep a tally, for fun of course, and see how smart (or incredibly insane) we all are. Enjoy! 

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Who ya got?