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Franson, defensemen contributing to Sabres' success

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

DALLAS - The Buffalo Sabres are riding a three-game win streak - with all three victories coming in overtime - and they've been able to do it with contributions from all over the lineup. 

As Brian Duff noted in the latest edition of #Duffalo this morning, it's been a very good month for the Sabres. They're 7-3-1 in January and will look to carry that into tomorrow night's game against the Stars.

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O'Reilly a surprising addition at practice in Chicago

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

CHICAGO - When it was announced last Tuesday that Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O'Reilly would be out for some time after undergoing a successful appendectomy over the holiday break, the expectation was that he'd miss about two weeks for rest and recovery and then an additional few days so that he could get back into game shape. 

That timeframe could be thrown out the window as O'Reilly was back on the ice with his teammates for practice at United Center in Chicago, just 10 days after the operation.

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With injuries at center, Sabres matchups to change

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

With two road games against a pair of the NHL's toughest opponents coming up this week, the Buffalo Sabres are looking to find consistency in their all-around game. 

Monday's practice at KeyBank Center had a little bit of everything. Special teams work, 5-on-5 play and some shootout work. The Sabres will have to be sharp in all aspects of their game for the next two games: at Madison Square Garden for a match against the New York Rangers on Tuesday and at United Center for a contest on Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Foligno's play earns him an opportunity on a new line

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

SUNRISE, Fla. - To spark a comeback on Saturday, Buffalo Sabres coach Dan Bylsma mixed and matched some of his line combinations in the third period. 

The result? Their best shifts in the offensive zone and, eventually, the game-tying goal that allowed them to collect a point in Carolina. If we're to read into anything from Monday's practice at BB&T Center, some of those changes might stick for the time being.

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Sabres look to regroup during 4-game homestand

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Wednesday served as a day off the ice for the Buffalo Sabres. After a tough loss to the Blues in St. Louis the night before, the Sabres reconvened for a team meeting at KeyBank Center as they prepare for a four-game homestand that begins Thursday against Tampa Bay.

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Carrier's strong play earns him promotion to top line

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

In the second period of Buffalo's game in New Jersey on Saturday night, William Carrier made a play that exemplified the combination of speed and physicality that has shown in his brief time in the NHL. 

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Sabres defensemen looking to contribute more

Blueliners still looking for first goal, but were big part of Bufalo's offense at Ottawa

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

BOSTON - While the defensive corps as a whole as yet to record a tally in the goal column, the Buffalo Sabres blue liners were a big part of the team's offensive game last night, contributing assists on each goal Buffalo scored in a 2-1 victory at Ottawa.

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Reunited checking line reclaiming shutdown role

Marcus Foligno, Johan Larsson and Brian Gionta combined for two goals on Sunday while shutting down opposing lines.

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

CALGARY - When Marcus Foligno, Johan Larsson and Brian Gionta took the ice as linemates for the first time this season in the third period against Montreal last Thursday, even Buffalo's new additions to the coaching staff could see that they had a knack for playing with each other. Naturally, Dan Bylsma kept the checking trio together for the team's game in Edmonton on Sunday.

The move paid off.

Foligno, Larsson and Gionta were instrumental in keeping one of the League's hottest players off the score sheet in Connor McDavid, and even kept him without a shot until late in the third period. Meanwhile, the trio was able to produce a couple of goals themselves, both off the stick of Brian Gionta.

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