'They are close to selling out all home games. But the Sabres at their early-season best aren't half as important to armchair fans as the Buffalo Bills at their worst.'
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'"They've got a lot of dangerous weapons over there," Sabres defenseman Brian Campbell said. "They got great goaltending. It's going to be a fast game, probably with a lot of scoring chances. They got their power just like us."'
'Sabres on Friday had five of the NHL's top nine plus players.'
'Mike Gilbert, the Sabres’ director of public relations, said media credential requests for tonight’s game rival a big playoff tilt. TV networks from Canada are coming for live shoots. Sports Business Journal wants a seat. The Hockey News is sending a reporter. Sports Illustrated is planning a story and wants to attend. “We’re sometimes busy like this in April, not October,” Gilbert said. “It’s not anything crazy, it’s just the volume of requests is incredible high for this time of year."'
'It pains me to type these words, but the Leafs have us beat.'
'While the Sabres would love to continue their streak, Ruff has another reason for trying to keep every competitive edge he can going into Saturday night's game. That's because the Sabres are taking on the Atlanta Thrashers, one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. The Thrashers have just one regulation loss. "Look at them. They've got 17 points. We've got 20," Ruff says, "If they win the game, they're within a point of us. That says more than any record."'
'The Sabres have an eight-point lead over the second-place Canadiens in the division. But they will have to work hard to earn their 11th consecutive victory when the Thrashers come to town. The upstart Thrashers have 17 points, the second most of any team in the NHL.'
'Record-setting streaks don't necessarily translate into Stanley Cups. The Penguins did not win the Cup in 1992-93 despite their 17-game streak. The Leafs came up short in 1993-94 after starting 10-0.'
'Miller's role with the Sabres reminds me of Grant Fuhr in the glory years of the Wayne Gretzky-Mike Messier Edmonton Oilers. Fuhr never led the NHL in goals-against average as an Oiler because that high-powered offense tried to outscore opponents in every game and usually did. But when it was time for the All-Star Game and to represent Canada in international competition, Fuhr often got the call.'
'game," he said. "We can just skate with them. To play a very sound hockey game in the three zones on both sides of the puck, and we'll need a big game from [goalie] Kari Lehtonen."'
Speed is name of game for Sabres (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Red-hot Sabres go for league-record start vs. Thrashers (Sportsticker)
Atlanta Thrashers (7-1-3) at Buffalo Sabres (10-0-0) (The Sports Network)
Game # 11: Atlanta @ Buffalo (SabresFans.com)
'The Buffalo Sabres likely will never break the Penguins' NHL record for bankruptcies — the Penguins lead, 2-1 — and probably won't threaten the Penguins' mark for consecutive victories, either. In the latter category, however, it won't be for lack of trying.'
'Truth is, streak or no streak, the Sabres are the talk of the hockey world right now. In a league that prizes speed, the Sabres are the gold standard.'
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