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High school hockey championships set for Feb. 26-27

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Western New York's top high school hockey teams are coming to KeyBank Center. Teams at the club level will compete at the 33rd-annual Super Sunday High School Club Hockey Championships on Feb. 26, while the Super Monday High School Federation Hockey Championships will be held on Feb. 27.

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Sharpen Up: February 23, 2017

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

When the Rochester Americans come to Buffalo, they tend to leave in style. 

The Amerks are now 5-1-0-0 in six all-time games in Buffalo after Cal O'Reilly scored the winning goal in overtime of a 3-2 victory over the Utica Comets at KeyBank Center last night. You can watch the full highlights of the game below, or read the recap from Amerks.com. 

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DUNLEAVY: Total team commitment kept Sabres in race

by Dan Dunleavy @Dan_Dunleavy / Sabres.com

It has been a busy last few weeks around the Buffalo Sabres. Not a lot of practice time in February, but a lot of games. With RJ resting his Hall-of-Fame vocal chords for a potential playoff ride in April, it's been my pleasure and honor to have had a front row seat calling all the action. 

Coaches want the practice time. Players want to play. Fans want games that are meaningful. For the latter, the Sabres have been able to hang around the Eastern Conference playoff picture up to this break in the action, and it's given a new energy to hockey in Western New York for the first time in a few seasons (certainly the first since I was asked to join the organization). 

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Sharpen Up: February 22, 2017

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

It's a game day in Buffalo.

No, the bye week isn't over for the Sabres, but the Rochester Americans will do their best to fill that void in your life when they host the Utica Comets tonight at KeyBank Center. Tickets are still available for the 7 p.m. faceoff, or you can catch the game live on MSG. 

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GIONTA: Discussing the NHL bye week

by Brian Gionta @Giostyle21 / Sabres.com

Before the Sabres took off for the bye week, Brian Gionta shared his thoughts with Sabres.com on what the week off has meant for the schedule and how the team was able to get through its stretch of 11 games in 18 days. 

I'm not quite sure how I feel about the bye week yet. I'm kind of on the fence. It compresses the schedule a lot in another areas, so I'm not sure if the five-day break makes up for not having the two or three days we normally have between games every once in a while.

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Mullen scores three goals as Amerks take 1 of 3

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

The Rochester Americans came away from a three-in-three weekend with only one win, but they'll have additional help when they look to rebound in Buffalo.

The Amerks will visit KeyBank Center for the first time this season to host the Utica Comets on Wednesday night, and they'll do so with the help of Justin Bailey, Evan Rodrigues and Nicholas Baptiste after the trio of players were reassigned to Rochester on Monday morning. 

You can purchase tickets for that game here, but before we look ahead to Wednesday, let's take a look at the last week down in Rochester. 

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Sharpen Up: February 21, 2017

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

It's been one full day since the Sabres last played. When your head hits the pillow tonight, it will mark the first time this month that the Sabres have gone two days in a row without a game. 

In other words, if watching the Sabres has become a bi-daily routine for you during this busy month and the bye week already feels like an episode of Survivorman, we don't blame you. 

So, how do you keep busy when you can't watch the Sabres? Here are a few ideas: 

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Sabres assign Bailey, Baptiste, Rodrigues to Amerks

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has assigned forwards Justin Bailey, Nicholas Baptiste and Evan Rodrigues to the Rochester Americans (AHL).

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Sharpen Up: February 20, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Sabres enter the bye week with 62 points after 60 games and are within striking distance of a playoff spot. They're four points behind Boston with one more game played for third place in the Atlantic Division and three points back of Toronto with two more games play for the second and final Wild Card spot.

It's been a busy three weeks for the Sabres as last night's loss to Chicago wrapped up a 12-game-in-20-day stretch since the All-Star Break. They went 6-5-1 over that span that includes a 4-2-0 record over the last nine days. 

That's a lot of hockey. And although they have a few days off now, the pace doesn't lighten up much once they come back. They play seven games in 11 days after the bye, starting Saturday night at Colorado. 

It's going to be one heck of a ride. 

Here's what you need to know.

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Sabres focus on big picture after 5-1 loss to Chicago

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

One of the keys that was preached within the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room during a stretch of four wins in five games entering Sunday was the ability to forget. They didn't ride the highs of their victories; they simply took the wins for what they were and looked ahead to the next opponent.  

The same goes for the losses, and the Sabres will have a whole five days to forget about their 5-1 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday evening. Buffalo begins its bye week on Monday and won't play again until their game in Colorado on Saturday.

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