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Eichel Inches Closer To Cup Final, Worlds Entering Quarters

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Former Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel matched ex-teammates Sam Reinhart, Brandon Montour, and Eric Staal by moving one step closer to the Stanley Cup Final.

The Vegas Golden Knights 4-0 win in Dallas on Tuesday has them up 3-0 in the Western Conference Final, the same position that the Florida Panthers are in over the Carolina Hurricanes in the East. Eichel assisted on Jonathan Marchessault’s game-winner just 71 seconds into the game, the same combination that tied Game 2 with 2:22 left in regulation. The former second-overall pick leads Vegas with 16 points (6 goals, 10 assists) and can punch his ticket to the Final with a win over the Stars on Thursday. Reinhart, Montour, and Staal have a chance to sweep the Canes on Wednesday in Sunrise, FL.

 

Worlds Roundup Through Round Robin

Five Buffalo Sabres players have advanced to the quarter-finals at the 2023 IIHF World Championships in Tampere, Finland, and Riga, Latvia starting on Thursday.

Alex Tuch and the undefeated American squad take on Czechia, JJ Peterka and Team Germany face Switzerland, and Peyton Krebs, Jack Quinn, and Devon Levi’s Tema Canada will take on Finland.

Tuch finished the round-robin portion of the tournament with six points (4 goals, 2 assists) in seven games.

Peterka led the Germans with nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) in seven games.

Krebs had one assist in six games, Quinn three assists in six games, and Levi made 22 saves and allowed two goals in a win over Slovenia.

 

Key Bank Center Ranks 21st In Best NHL Venues

CanadaSportsBetting evaluated all 32 current NHL arenas on four key metrics; the average price per ounce of beer (USD), the walking distance from each arena to the closest public transport, the walking distance to the nearest external restaurant, and the availability of dedicated parking.

Buffalo’s Key Bank Center ranked 21st in the league. The arena has available parking, a short four-minute walk to public transport, and a two-minute jaunt to a number of restaurants, their score was lowered by the second-highest price for an alcoholic beverage in the NHL. Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena had the highest at $1.33 per ounce, while KBC was tied with the New Jersey Devils Prudential Center at $1.25 per ounce.

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