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Morning (yep) musings/links from Vancouver and around the NHL

By Mike Harrington

VANCOUVER -- Greetings from what has to be about the most scenic place on the Sabres' North American stops. Never been here before. Completely blown away.  A reminder that tonight's game in Rogers Arena is a 5 p.m.  local time start (8 p.m. in Buffalo), so there is no morning skate today.

The Sabres have played 111 meetings with their 1970 expansion cousins and have 111 points -- going 46-46-19.  Odd.  The Sabres' last game here was a 5-3 win over March 3, 2012. With a win tonight, the Sabres would have consecutive wins in Vancouver for the first time since they won three in a row from Oct. 9, 1996 to March 16, 2000. Tonight is former Canuck Cody Hodgson's 200th NHL game.

Read today's game preview on BC native Nathan Lieuwen starting against his once-favorite team.

Read today's Sabres notebook on the Canucks' desperation

Here's a quick Vancouver Sun preview, with some neat Canucks notes and quotes.

In other NHL news:

---Sure seems like the Sabres sent the Edmonton Oilers for a loop by winning in Rexall Place. The Oil was 10-4-3 in its previous 17 before losing to Buffalo, and then had a complete meltdown last night in an 8-1 loss to Calgary.

Star Taylor Hall and coach Dallas Eakins had an on-bench spat caught by CBC cameras after a frustrated Hall tossed a water bottle and it squirted on to Eakins. And a fan threw an Oilers jersey on the ice, prompting an enraged Edmonton native and goaltender Ben Scrivens to fling it back in the crowd with his stick. See a vine of Scrivens' jersey toss at this Edmonton Journal link.

Read more about the meltdown in the Edmonton Sun.

---Ryan Miller has the day off today in Pittsburgh for the St. Louis Blues as Brian Elliott will start. The Blues lost yesterday at red-hot Philadelphia,  4-1. Miller's new mask didn't do much for him in this one.

---The Boston Bruins rallied with three third-period goals last night to win at Phoenix, 4-2, and that's 12 straight wins for the B's, who are now firmly established as the favorite in the Eastern Conference. and have taken over the lead in the Presidents' Trophy race.

During the streak, the Bruins have outscored their opponents, 47-17, allowed two or fewer goals in 11 of the 12 games and killed 28 of 30 power-play chances for their foes. The streak is Boston's longest since a 13-gamer in 1971 and is two shy of the franchise mark of 14 set in the 1929-30 season. The Bruins host Montreal Monday night, with the Canadiens then hosting the Sabres Tuesday in Bell Centre.

---Apocalypse brewing in Toronto. The Leafs have lost four straight after a 4-3 defeat to Montreal. They have 80 points while Detroit and Washington have 79 apiece and Columbus has 78. Only two of those four teams will make the playoffs. You would think Randy Carlyle would be on a very hot seat if the Leafs miss out because they looked golden the first couple weeks after the Olympic break. They play again tonight in New Jersey and Jonathan Bernier is still out. That's been the Leafs' big problem.

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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.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


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.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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