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Looking ahead is a rarity

Hockey is no different than most sports. Everyone has that one-game-at-a-time mentality. If you dare to ask about a game in the future, prepare for daggers to be shot your way.

But things have been different around the Sabres the last few days. The players are getting peppered with questions about Tuesday's outdoor game in the Ralph. At practice, after the morning skate, even after Wednesday's game against Ottawa. More and more out-of-town reporters have come to Buffalo. There will certainly be plenty of chatter about it tonight in New Jersey and things will really heat up Saturday in Pittsburgh.

It makes for an odd distraction that even coach Lindy Ruff addressed Thursday.

"From my end, it's just been focus on the game we're going to play," Ruff said. "In between games, you have to deal with some issues, travel plans, how you get players there and wives there, what time, are they going to get lost on the way, not lost?

"But it's not that big of a deal. I'm looking forward to it. If you have decent weather, it's going to be a great event. To answer questions between games, I'm OK with that. When it's game day, we focus on one thing."

---Mike Harrington


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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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