Kassian recalled by injury-riddled Sabres

‘Kassian, the Sabres’ first-round pick in 2009 (13th overall), leads Rochester with 14 points in 18 games. He was recalled after Brad Boyes went down with a right leg injury in Wednesday’s shootout loss to Boston.’

Columbus 5, Buffalo 1

‘Jordan Leopold scored the lone goal for the Sabres, who have dropped their past three games.’

Sabres Lose to Jackets 5-1

‘The only major development of the third was Regehr leaving the game with an upperbody injury.’

Black Friday

‘Columbus scored two goals in the first, then lit the lamp twice in a 12 second span in the second period to build an insurmountable 4-0 lead.’

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks defeat Albany Devils (Rochester D&C)
Amerks beat Albany, 4-2 (Canandaigua Daily Messenger)
Americans rally past Devils (Albany Times Union)
Amerks double up Devils (Amerks.com)
Amerks recall Boycuk from Gwinnett, sign Rankin to professional tryout (Amerks.com)
Point streak ends (TheAlbanyDevils.com)

Highs and lows define Sabres

‘”We’re really going to have to grind through a session here where we’re down a lot of manpower,” coach Lindy Ruff said Thursday after a short Thanksgiving practice session. “Playing against a healthy team last night, a full lineup against six guys out, that effort was worthy of a win [during a 4-3 shootout loss to Boston]. We didn’t get it. We’re disappointed. But I’m just telling you, we play that way, play that hard, we’ll get the W’s.”‘

Former No. 1 draft pick gets the call

‘The 6-foot-3, 228-pound Kassian leads the Amerks with seven goals and 14 points in 18 games. He showed his potential last season with Windsor of the Ontario Hockey League, recording 26 goals and 77 points in 56 games.’

Scoring in NHL debut just part of special week for Sabres’ Brennan

‘It’s been a whirlwind week for the Brennan clan. The family – his father, mother, younger brother and three older sisters – had planned to join him in Rochester for Thanksgiving. Instead, when the Sabres summoned the 22-year-old Monday after Tyler Myers broke his wrist, they moved the meal to Buffalo. “It’s been a pretty high week, I guess I would say,” Brennan said. “It’s exciting.”’

Moorestown native scores in debut

‘“I thought Brennan’s performance,” was good,” Ruff said. “Scoring a goal, what a great thrill in your first game,” Ruff said. “I thought for the most part, he kept [his passing] on the simple side. He made a couple of nice plays to outlet our forwards.”’

Friday’s Columbus Coverage

Jackets-Sabres preview (Columbus Dispatch)
Buffalo (12-8-1) at Columbus (5-13-3) (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (12-8-1) at Columbus Blue Jackets (5-13-3) (The Sports Network)
Sabres hit the road to face resurgent Blue Jackets (NHL.com)
Game day vs. Buffalo (BlueJackets.com)

Sabres Brennan gives early returns

‘Brennan played just over 13 minutes and was +1. With the way the day played out for the kid, it’s all a blur, “Royze made a good play off the wall and I thought I could sneak down and next thing I knew the puck was sitting there and before I could think about it I took a shot and next thing I knew the guys were grabbing my face, I think I blacked out there for a second.”’

Kassian called up by Buffalo

‘The right winger becomes the fourth Amerk to be called up in the last two weeks. Corey Tropp, TJ Brennan and Drew MacIntyre all seeing their first NHL action of the year; Tropp and Brennan both scoring their first career goals.’

Is Calling up Kassian the right move?

‘The consensus in Rochester is that Kassian is not ready. His skating and speed are not NHL caliber and neither was his physical play. But, after forward Patrick Kaleta went down, then Brad Boyes…ready or not, Kassian’s in.’

Kassian recalled from Amerks

‘Kassian (6’3”, 228 lbs., 1/24/91), who is playing in his rookie AHL season, has played 18 games for the Americans this season and leads the team with 14 points (7+7).’

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks’ Szczechura back in the groove (Rochester D&C)
Devils travel to take on Americans (TheAlbanyDevils.com)