Thursday’s New Jersey Coverage

Devs may be home-icidal (New York Post)

1-4 record at home has NJ Devils scratching their heads (Newark Star Ledger)

NJ Devils coach: We can’t blame poor start on absence of Paul Martin and Jay Pandolfo (Newark Star Ledger)

NJ Devils forward Patrik Elias hopes to begin practicing next week (Newark Star Ledger)

Slow start dooms Devils in 4-1 loss to Sabres (Bergen Record)

Recap (NewJerseyDevils.com)

Photo gallery (NewJerseyDevils.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Photo gallery (AP)

MacArthur, Kennedy score early in Sabres’ win

‘“We’re happy,” Miller said. “I don’t want to give people the impression we are not happy. We’re managing our expectations a little better. We know it’s going to be a steady improvement by every team. With this team, we also have to improve and show we can bring the work ethic every night. The good start shows the guys care and want to play. That will be the key to the season.”’

Buffalo 4, New Jersey 1

‘”We have to show improvement every night, and we also have to show that we can bring a work ethic every night. When you have a good start…it shows that the guys really care and want to play. That’s going to be a key for the season,” said Miller.’

Kennedy Scores As Sabres Dump Devils

‘Miller made 31 saves for his seventh win of the season, while Brodeur stopped 23 of Buffalo’s 27 shots on goal. Buffalo was 1 for 4 on the power play and 4 for 5 on the penalty kill. The team is also 4-0 on the road with the victory.’

Stafford ready to take the next step

‘“It’s a little bit of a different feeling this year,” Stafford said. “I feel like I’m starting to get there, starting to develop a little bit more of that leadership, I guess. I still feel I’ve got a ways to go. I feel like I’m on the right path.”’

Wednesday’s New Jersey Coverage

Buffalo (6-1-1) at New Jersey (6-3-0) (AP)

Buffalo Sabres (6-1-1) at New Jersey Devils (6-3-0) (The Sports Network)

Surging Sabres meet red-hot Devils (NHL.com)

Paetsch helps Sabres dig deep on defense

‘”There’s going to be bumps and bruises to our team throughout the year, and we’re going to need everybody. There’s going to be a lot of guys in Portland who are probably going to play hockey games this year. Those games and those players, they are the little bump that gets you into the playoffs.”‘

Sabres approach decision time on rookie D Myers

‘That doesn’t mean Ruff’s ready to say whether the 6-foot-8 defenseman will remain on the roster the rest of the year. It’s decision time for the Sabres, who will spend one more game evaluating Myers before determining whether to keep him or return him to Kelowna of the Western Hockey League.’

Tweaks go a long way for Sabres

‘Mike Grier, Steve Montador, Tyler Myers and Tim Kennedy individually are a role player, a journeyman sixth defenseman and two prospects. Together, they addressed areas of desperate need and helped create a better vibe.’

Tuesday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates Weekly – October 26, 2009 (PortlandPirates.com)

Ruff said still no decision on Myers

‘ "We said we were going to evaluate after a X amount of games and that evaluation just keeps going on and that’s everything, how he plays, how he acts, his practice habits, everything."’

Bills & Sabres Have Rookie Game-Changers

‘The 19-year old Myers wasn’t even a lock to make the Sabres roster during the pre season, even though coach Lindy Ruff would later admit Myers was the one player he was most asked about by other coaches and gm’s. Not only is Myers a skyscraper at 6-8, but he is also an excellent skater with good hands and the knack for being in the right place at the right time.’

Monday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates allow Bears to rally (Portland Press Herald)

Bears seize opportunity (Harrisburg Patriot News)

Bears send Pirates home licking their wounds (Maine Hockey Journal)

Bears Nip Pirates (PortlandPirates.com)

Hershey rallies to down Pirates Sunday (HersheyBears.com)

Sabres GM Regier taking time with Myers decision

‘"I haven’t [made a decision], and we haven’t, because we know what the time frame is," the Sabres’ general manager said over the weekend. "We know that we’ve got the games to watch him, and we’ll take that time."’

Sabres rally for shootout victory over Lightning

‘"We’ve spent time at length talking about the extra points you can gain in shootouts and the difference that can make by the end of the year," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "When your goalie stops that many, you’ve got to take advantage of it."’