Buffalo Sabres, Rochester Americans, NHL All-Star Game


Good morning, Buffalo Sabres fans. The NHL All-Star break continues today, with the fantasy draft tonight, the skills competition Saturday and the game on Sunday at 5 p.m.

The Buffalo Sabres may not play again until Tuesday, but there’s still some reading from around the Internet in regards to the team.

First, from Die by the Blade, five facts about the Buffalo Sabres that you may not be aware of during this All-Star break, including a deeper look at some statistics that show just how much the team is struggling this season.

Next up from ESPN: tanking or trying?

The Buffalo Sabres have seen a lot of revitalization happen in the downtown area surrounding First Niagara Center; now, the team needs revitalization to happen on the ice.

Despite the NHL being in its All-Star break, the American Hockey League continues action tonight, as the Rochester Americans face a home-and-home series with the Adirondack Flames this weekend.

The Flames visit Rochester Friday night, with the teams meeting again on Saturday in Glens Falls.

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Tonight’s game will be televised on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, with puck drop set for 7:05 p.m.

Tonight’s game is a special Men’s Health Night game, where the Rochester Americans will wear special jerseys to be raffled off through silent auction during the game. Winners will receive their jerseys on the ice after the game, in a “jersey off the back”-style handoff.

When the NHL All-Stars hit the ice in Columbus this weekend, there are several notable faces who won’t be joining them after all.

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby suffered a lower-body injury and will now miss the All-Star Game. Thanks to NHL rules, that also means he’ll have to sit out the Penguins’ first game after the All-Star Break. In addition, Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Bobrovsky have also both been ruled out for the NHL All-Star Game due to injury.

To replace the missing players, Brian Elliott has been added for the goaltenders, while rookie Filip Forsberg was promoted from the rookie all-stars.

The NHL All-Star teams will be selected in the fantasy draft on Friday evening. Team captains Nick Foligno and Jonathan Toews will pick their respective teams in the fantasy draft at 8 p.m. on Friday; the draft is being televised on NBC Sports Network in the United States, and Sportsnet throughout Canada. Find more information about the draft and its format in this NHL.com article.

For fans attending the NHL All-Star Game this weekend in Columbus, take note of the new ticket policy – introduced just mere days ago – that may affect you, particularly if you have small children.

The ticket policy, enforced by the National Hockey League, states that ALL fans attending – including infants – must have a ticket. This provides quite a wrinkle of a situation for parents who may have been counting on taking their child in, sans ticket, and allowing them to sit on their lap. The kicker: this was just announced three days ago, and only sent out via email to Columbus Blue Jackets season ticket holders, so — spread the word if you know anyone who may be affected.