Sabres' rookies set to take a another big step

'"I know they're a rival, so I think that's why I'm going to be geared up for it," Gaustad said Wednesday after practice in the Amherst Pepsi Center. "It's going to be a fun time playing against these guys. It's going to be a lot of hard work, but I think it's going to be worth it."'

Briere remains frustrated by abdominal injury

'Briere traveled with the team to Toronto on Wednesday night, and today he'll go to Montreal to meet again with Dr. David Mulder, the Canadiens' head physician and medical director of the McGill Sports Medicine Centre. Briere and Dumont met with him earlier this month, when Mulder recommended sports hernia surgery for Dumont and rest for Briere. Rest and an anti-inflammatory injection haven't helped, so Briere is going back for a re-evaluation that may include a recommendation for surgery.'

Sabres vs. Maple Leafs

'Team's 51 points through 37 games are most since 1974-75 squad had 53.'

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks add two players from Florida (ECHL) (Amerks.com)

Q&A with Marek Zagrapan

'Have you been in contact with Buffalo since the being drafted? What parts of your game are they hoping to see you improve? MZ: They have been in contact with my agent, but when we spoke at training camp in Buffalo they wanted me to continue to improve my skating. I like to play an offensive style and I think that things will be very good for us in the future.'

These Sabres are sharp

‘”Since we last saw them they’ve been the hottest team in the league,” Leafs coach Pat Quinn said . “They have good speed and with that quickness, they’re playing a very assertive checking style.”‘

Thursday’s Toronto Coverage (Updated 11:00 a.m.)

These Sabres are sharp (Toronto Sun)

Leafs should lose against Sabres but… (Toronto Sun)

Buffalo (25-11-1) at Toronto (20-14-3) (AP)

Sabres take on Leafs in search of 10th win 11 games (Sportsticker)

Buffalo Sabres (25-11-1) at Toronto Maple Leafs (20-14-3) (The Sports Network)

Blow Leafs Blow! (SabresFans.com)

Streaking Sabres

'Facts and figures during the Sabres' recent hot streak…'.

Vanek's talent more evident by the day

'"What's amazing is he can score goals in so many different ways," said defenseman Brian Campbell, "whether it's beating somebody in the front of the net with his power, or stickhandling on the rush. He's putting it all together now."'

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks sign Paolini to PTO (Amerks.com)

Amerk rob Globke receives first promotion to the NHL (Amerks.com)

Sabres thrill in another comeback

'Buffalo is now 11-1-1 versus the Atlantic Division.'

Sabres rally as confidence remains high

'It’s the sixth time this season Buffalo won when trailing after two periods, a number that would have seemed outrageous in the old clutch-and-grab NHL. Comebacks are so common now, players and coach don’t merely think they’ll rally, they know they’ll have a resurgence. “It’s a different frame of mind and it’s a different game,” Sabres defenseman Brian Campbell said. “Now you’re able to come back and make plays. … We know we can win these games.”'

Special Sabres Autograph Session Announced

'The Buffalo Sabres will hold an autograph session following the Panthers game on Sunday. It will start approximately 30 minutes following the end of the game and run for up to one hour. Sabres players will be seated at tables located throughout the 100, 200 and 300 levels of HSBC Arena. There will be a limit of one autograph per person, per player.'

Sabres on surprising surge

'"We expected to be a good team, but nobody expects something like this," Ruff said. "We're almost at the point where we don't even want to talk about it."'

Latest win is worth the wait

'"We're kind of fearless in some ways. We just find a way to win," said Sabres co-captain Chris Drury, who had a goal and two assists.'