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Sabres preaching patience after inconsistent start @NHL

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A rash of injuries has made it difficult for Buffalo Sabres management to assess what to make out of a high-priced team off to an inconsistent start.

Rather than overreact, Sabres president Ted Black is preaching patience. Buffalo's had eight players - including goalie Ryan Miller - miss at least six games.

Though disappointed in the team's 3-5-2 skid, Black notes the Sabres (14-11-2) still have a winning record and are in seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

He says this is "no time to abandon hope," a day after Buffalo blew a 3-0 lead in a 5-4 overtime loss to Philadelphia.

The Sabres are particularly struggling in Buffalo, where they're 5-8-2, not including a season-opening "home" win against Anaheim at Helsinki.

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