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Can Sabres find the right mix?

Updated: July 21, 2004, 3:26 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

Regier Here's a pop quiz: Which NHL team had one of the best records in the second half last season? Here's a hint, not too long ago they had a second home in bankruptcy court.

No, not the Ottawa Senators. It was the Buffalo Sabres.

If the Sabres' strong second half, in which they were seven games over .500, is a surprise to the casual observer, perhaps equally surprising is the fact the Sabres missed the playoffs by six points in large part because of their defensive failings. The ...

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