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Sabres set to play in front of empty seats again

The Sabres have played in front of small crowds this season – most notably in Atlanta, New Jersey, Dallas and Florida – and they can expect another intimate gathering Saturday. The Islanders rank last in the NHL in average attendance, drawing only 9,842 fans to Nassau Coliseum. New Yorkers are filling the decrepit arena to just 60.4 percent capacity.

"There’s a lot of history in that building. It makes it fun that way," said Sabres defenseman Steve Montador, referring to the Isles’ run of four championships in the early 1980s. "On the road you’re creating your own energy anyway. Certainly, it’s not like going into Montreal or somebody coming to Buffalo, but at the same time maybe that can work to our benefit."

---John Vogl

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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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