Sabres looking for more help from defense

‘“I wish we had more (goal scoring) from our back end,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “I think that’s an area that we can improve in. That’s an area that we’re going to continue to work in.”’

Ruff’s line tinkering pays off for Sabres

‘"I liked the fact that Kennedy and Grier were real good down low in the first period and felt the Roy line really struggled in the first period," Ruff said after Saturday’s game. "So I just flipped wingers on a hunch and those guys did a good job. I thought Kennedy was really good down low and Thomas and Michael were doing a good job finding holes."’

Monday’s Toronto Coverage

Leafs Faceoff (Toronto Sun)

Ryan Miller knows Burke and Wilson watching (Toronto Star)

Leafs Game Day (National Post)

Buffalo (14-7-2) at Toronto (6-11-7) (AP)

Buffalo Sabres (14-7-2) at Toronto Maple Leafs (6-11-7) (The Sports Network)

Sabres try to deny Leafs first three-game win streak (NHL.com)

Monday’s Portland Coverage

Enroth comes up with refill (Portland Press Herald)

Springfield Falcons lose at home to Portland Pirates (Springfield Republican)

Schutz scores a pair as Portland continues to roll (Maine Hockey Journal)

Schutz Strikes Twice, Pirates Win Again (PortlandPirates.com)

Falcons fall short against Pirates 3-2 (FalconsAHL.com)

Sabres rediscover offense against Flyers and Canes

‘For two periods against the Carolina Hurricanes, it appeared as if the Buffalo Sabres were once again reverting back to their sluggish ways. If it weren’t for Ryan Miller’s heroics in the nets, the Canes would have been on their way to a blowout.’

Miller shows ‘Canes, Brind’Amour no love as Sabres rally

‘"It’s huge," defenseman Henrik Tallinder said. "If we didn’t win this game [Friday's] game wouldn’t have been so big. Now it’s huge for us. We got four points out of four."’

Ruff pleased with Rivet, Gaustad news

‘"He’s doing better," Ruff said. "He’s pretty sore but the good news on him is that it isn’t as bad as first indications looked like."’

Sabres’ top threats aren’t too threatening

‘The Sabres have $22.7 million locked into their five-highest paid forwards and through the first 22 games this season they combined for a grand total of 24 goals. It’s not exactly the bargain they had in mind for Black Friday.’

Sunday’s Carolina Coverage

Photo gallery (CarolinaHurricanes.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Photo gallery (AP)

Sabres score 5 in third, beat Hurricanes 5-1

‘“That was probably the turning point of the game,” Brind’Amour said about being robbed by Miller. “If we go up 2-0, it’s a way different game. Right at the end of the period and short-handed, that would probably deflate them instead of giving them a big lift.”’

Buffalo 5, Carolina 1

‘”There’s not a lot of pretty goals scored anymore,” Hecht said. “You got to beat your guy in front of the net and hope for a good rebound. My goal went off the shin pad and in, I didn’t even see it go in.”‘

Five Is Nice In Sabres Win Over Hurricanes

‘Leighton shut down the Sabres for the first two periods, but the flood gates swung wide open in the final period.’

Sunday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates earn road win (Portland Press Herald)

Pirates keep their streak alive (Maine Hockey Journal)

Pirates Extend Streak with Win Over Devils (PortlandPirates.com)

Devils Held at Bay by Pirates, 4-1 (LowellDevilsHockey.com)

NHL suspends Sabres’ Kaleta 2 games for boarding

‘He will lose more than $5,400 in pay, with the money going to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.’

Sabres’ Kaleta suspended two games

‘Kaleta was given a major for boarding and a game misconduct during the first period of Friday’s game in Philadelphia after he issued a hit from behind on Flyers forward Jared Ross. Ross left the game and did not return.’