Sabres’ Stafford gets Ruff’s message

‘"I knew I had to be better," Stafford said. "For a few games there, I wasn’t playing like how I need to play. It’s definitely something I’ve had to deal with and make sure I’m putting the work in. Obviously [going to the press box] is not what you want to do for a solution but if that’s what it takes, then so be it. I have to accept that."’

Roy, Kaleta not likely to face Pens tonight

‘Coach Lindy Ruff said both were scheduled to be evaluated later in the day by team doctors. Kaleta suffered a leg injury Sunday in St. Louis when he slammed into a goalpost while Roy was knocked woozy by a check during Saturday’s game against Ottawa.’

Tuesday’s Pittsburgh Coverage

Scouting the Sabres (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)

Pittsburgh (26-12-1) at Buffalo (23-11-4) (AP)

Pittsburgh Penguins (26-12-1) at Buffalo Sabres (23-11-4) (The Sports Network)

Fleury, Miller set for goalie duel (NHL.com)

Penguins Battle Blizzard in Buffalo (PittsburghPenguins.com)

Pittsburgh vs. Buffalo Preview (PittsburghPenguins.com)

Kaleta, Roy day-to-day

‘“Actually we feel he’s better today,” Head Coach Lindy Ruff said following practice. “He’ll see the doctors. Right now we’ve got him at day-to-day.”’

Connolly, Grier lead Sabres to victory over Blues

‘"We’ve played well, got some bounces," Grier said in Scottrade Center. "We play the same kind of hockey. We all want to play north-south, get the puck in, hang on to pucks and get things to the net."’

Tallinder picked for Olympics

‘”It’s great,” Tallinder said before facing the St. Louis Blues in Scottrade Center. “I wasn’t surprised. I knew I was in the mix, but you never know if you’re going to be picked or not. It’s going to be fun.”‘

Monday’s St. Louis Coverage

Blues are rattled by the Sabres (St. Louis Post Dispatch)

Blues struggling again to score on power plays (St. Louis Post Dispatch)

Photo gallery (St. Louis Post Dispatch)

Home-ice woes continue for Blues (Belleville News Democrat)

Late lapses again prove costly to Blues (Belleville News Democrat)

Photo gallery (StLouisBlues.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Photo gallery (AP)

Connolly helps Sabres top Blues

“We didn’t play well (Saturday) night,” Grier said. “I think we all kind of felt anxious coming into the game tonight and the guys battled. I think it took us a while to find our legs, but we battled and hung in there.”’

Buffalo 5, St. Louis 3

“We played well, we got some bounces,” Grier said. “We played the same kind of hockey we all want to play…get the puck in, hang on to pucks, get things to the net and try and get our cycle game going.” ‘

Grier, Connolly Score Twice in Sabres’ 5-3 Win Over Blues

‘Connolly gave Buffalo some insurance and a two-goal lead later in the third by beating Conklin on a shorthanded break. Tyler Myers, who appeared to suffer an injury just seconds before, got the play started in the Sabres’ own end by flipping a pass to Grier. The Buffalo forward, who had already scored two goals, carried it deep into the St. Louis zone, spun around, and fed a pass in front of the net to Connolly who then roofed it for his second goal of the night, making it a 5-3 game.’

Ottawa Gladiators lay Buffalo to waste

‘It mattered not that their feared opponents were without King Alfredsson, Prince Spezza and Knight Nick Foligno. It mattered not that their backup goalie was thrust into action to man the crease. Nay, the Buffalo Sabres bowed down and kissed the rings of their conquerors for the 4th time this season and will do so again and again for eternity….or so it seems.’

Butler set for return to St. Louis

‘”Chris made a commitment to be serious about playing the sport,” Turnbull said. “He skated really well and saw the rink well. But he never got in trouble, never got beat one on one. He was good about moving his feet and not getting crunched. And that outlet pass, it was ‘boom!’”‘

Sunday’s St. Louis Coverage

Butler set for return to St. Louis (St. Louis Post Dispatch)

Today: Blues vs. Buffalo (St. Louis Post Dispatch)

Buffalo (22-11-4) at St. Louis (17-15-5) (AP)

Buffalo Sabres (22-11-4) at St. Louis Blues (17-15-5) (The Sports Network)

Blues return home after successful trip (NHL.com)

Sabres start off on wrong foot in shootout loss to Senators

‘"I heard them. We got what we deserved," Sabres defenseman Toni Lydman said. "It’s a bad first period. It’s embarrassing the way we started."’

Quick turnaround includes long flight

‘”Both teams are turning around within less than 24 hours of playing a game,” Ruff said. “We travel, they travel, so at the end I think it’s fair. It’s not a great situation, but it’s fair.”‘