Sunday’s Portland Coverage

Thirty games down, and Pirates are looking for consistency (Portland Press Herald)

Sabres’ top scorer Roy out for the season

‘"Obviously, Luke Adam will see play on the Western trip, and then we’ll have to reassess Tim Connolly’s injury," Regier said. "In the interim, we’ll address it internally and see if there’s options from there."’

Foligno comes ‘out of nowhere’

‘The biggest surprise to make the team easily has been Sabres draftee Marcus Foligno. The Buffalo-born winger and son of former Sabres captain Mike Foligno simply forced his way on to Hockey Canada’s radar over the last month and is on a line with fellow Sabres pick Zack Kassian and top draft-eligible junior Sean Couturier.’

Sabres’ Roy to miss 4-to-6 months

‘Roy, the club’s leading scorer with 35 points (10 goals and 25 assists) in 35 games, suffered the injury early in the contest when he was checked into the boards by Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov while skating the puck into the Florida zone.’

Sabres C Roy to miss rest of season

‘General manager Darcy Regier announced Friday the center is expected to miss between four to six months, and will have surgery to repair the injury in the next couple of days.’

Derek Roy Injury Update

‘Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier has announced that forward Derek Roy will undergo surgery in the next few days to repair a torn quad tendon. He will be out 4-6 months.’

Sabres Top Scorer Suffers Torn Quad

Luke Adam is expected to replace Roy in the lineup for the Sabres next game, Monday in Calgary. Tyler Ennis may take Roy’s spot on the top line alongside Vanek. Tim Connolly, expected to return from his broken nose, is also an option.

Buffalo Sabres’ Leading Scorer Out For The Season

CBS Sports notes it is a "huge loss for Buffalo" and it’s not yet clear what the Sabres will do in response. Its second-line center Tim Connolly had already been out with a nose injury.

Derek Roy to Miss 4-6 months

Originally drafted in the second round by the Sabres back in 2001, Roy has spent his entire career with the Sabres and has developed into a steady 70-point performer, while also scoring at least 20 goals in each of the past four seasons. Along with being Buffalo’s top offensive threat, he’s also used on its penalty killing unit averaging over one minute of shorthanded ice time per game.

Roy’s injury a death knell… though it shouldn’t be

The Sabres have one of the deepest farm systems and prospect hauls in hockey, along with the New York Rangers. Unfortunately, with Darcy Regier in miserly charge as the season’s Ebeneezer Scrooge, the Ghosts of Hockey Past tell us that Regier will hold onto those assets rather than give Lindy Ruff a nice Christmas goose (not that he can do it during a roster freeze, but the metaphor was too juicy to pass up).

Sabres gift-wrap a game

‘The missed call aside, this game was lost in the first period as a parade of Buffalo penalties led to three Florida goals. The Sabres trailed the Panthers, 4-0, after one last week in Sunrise en route to a 6-2 loss. It was more of the same here with silly penalties and sloppy defensive zone coverage conspiring to put the Sabres in a big hole.’

Adam gets a nice holiday windfall

‘If you figure a 27-week season, Adam stands to make more than $25,000 prorated for the week — or more than a third of his AHL salary for the season. And remember, this was a completely unexpected windfall.’

Friday’s Florida Coverage

Florida Panthers show their mettle after wasting 3-0 lead (Miami Herald)

Panthers survive onslaught to beat Sabres 4-3 (South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Photo gallery (South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Photo gallery (FloridaPanthers.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Photo gallery (AP)

Higgins scores twice in Panthers’ win over Sabres

‘Garrison gave the Panthers the lead with 5:07 left in regulation when his wrist shot from the right circle slipped past Miller while the teams were playing with four skaters each.’

Sabres’ Roy leaves game with leg injury

‘Roy was hurt with 13 minutes left in the first period after Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov drove Roy into the right wing boards while he was carrying the puck into the Florida zone. Roy was favoring his leg while skating off the ice, and went directly to the locker room.’