Archives for October 2011

No Place Like Home

Coming off the first official road trip of the season, the Sabres’ brass has to be pleased with the effort and results the team produced over the four game span.

Taking 6-of-8 points on the road is outstanding, but combined with the recent trip to Europe (where the Sabres were technically the home team in Finland) to kickoff the season, the Sabres have taken 10-of-12 possible points all away from the friendly confines of ‘Hockey Heaven.’

Sitting one point behind the division leading Maple Leafs shouldn’t leave Sabres faithful too high, nor too low, especially considering the Leafs played 5-of-7 games in the comfort of the Air Canada Centre in downtown Toronto.

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Man With a Plan in Sabreland

‘He also explained how, in the old setup head coach Lindy Ruff kept stacks of folding chairs in his office. Players would squeeze in, grab a chair and practically sit on top of one another to meet.’

Sabres aim to get first goal

‘”I think we’ve got to get the lead,” said Sabres coach Lindy Ruff after Monday’s practice at First Niagara Center. “If you get the lead, it pulls them out of what they want to try to do. We had early chances that could’ve got us on the board and didn’t finish.”‘

Ennis injury kicks off line changes

‘”I’m not sure how long he’ll be out but he’s a good player and guys have got to step up around him, try to fill that role,” winger Nathan Gerbe said. “Everybody has to step up as a team.”‘

Leino back on the wing for Sabres

‘“I’ve always said it takes time,” Ruff said Monday. “There’s a lot of examples of players that step in and initially it’s tough. He’s done some good things. Obviously, he’s been uncomfortable in some situations. But I like what he’s done so far. I’d like him to have better numbers but he doesn’t.”’

Tuesday’s Tampa Bay Coverage

Tampa Bay Lightning at Buffalo Sabres game preview capsule (St. Petersburg Times)
Tampa Bay (3-3-2) at Buffalo (5-2-0) (AP)
Tampa Bay Lightning (3-3-2) at Buffalo Sabres (5-2-0) (The Sports Network)
Sabres seek to salvage split with Lightning (
Bolts and Sabres wrap up home-and-home (
Fan guide: Lightning vs. Sabres (

Sabres LW Ennis out with ankle injury

‘With Ennis injured, Ville Leino is likely to move from center to wing.’

Buffalo F Ennis out with ankle sprain

‘The 22-year-old Edmonton native has failed to record a point in seven games this season, after striking for 20 goals and 49 points in 82 games in his first full NHL campaign in 2010-11.’

Ennis will miss time with ankle sprain

‘“We’ll make the adjustments. We’ve got some pieces that we’re going to switch around. There’s guys that can obviously go into that role; Ville (Leino) can go over to the left side. We’re going to try some different things.”’

Tuesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks begin four-game road trip this week to bring October to a close (

Sabres get a chance to unpack

‘”Finally is right,” center Luke Adam said. “It seems like we haven’t played a home game yet. We’ve been at home probably four days all season. It’ll be nice to get home and be in front of the home fans.”‘

Jackson Center to host continuing education seminar on ‘The Anatomy of the Buffalo Sabres’

‘The Robert H. Jackson Center will host a free continuing legal education seminar titled, “The Anatomy of the Buffalo Sabres” on Nov. 1. A variety of speakers will be featured including principal speaker Ted Black, president of the Buffalo Sabres, and guest luncheon speaker Danny Gare, prolific Sabres scorer.’

Monday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks’ power play flops in loss (Rochester D&C)
Amerks fall to Adirondack, 3-1 (Canandaigua Daily Messenger)
Phantoms finish road trip with a win (Glen Falls Post Star)
Amerks come up short in 3-1 loss to Phantoms (
”Cash” is golden in 3-1 win at Rochester (

Lightning put blanket on Sabres’ offense

‘”It’s one of those nights where we didn’t deserve the points,” Sabres captain Jason Pominville said. “We didn’t get them because we didn’t create enough.”‘

Regehr slowly starting to settle in with Sabres

‘”He’s a great guy, very good hockey player,” defenseman Andrej Sekera said in St. Pete Times Forum. “He’s always got a positive attitude. I think it’s as fun for him as it is for us. We knew he was a great defenseman, but he is just proving he belongs out there.”‘