New Jersey 3, Buffalo 1

‘The Sabres, who beat Washington at home Monday after an 0-3 road trip, haven’t won back-to-back games since capturing four in a row from November 4-11.’

Devils Top Sabres 3-1

‘Miller takes the loss, stopping 20 shots, but did come up with a couple of nice saves including one on Sykora in the 2nd period, denying the Devils foward a hat trick, and another on Parise in the 3rd. Checking injuries, Sekera left this game with an upper-body injury and did not return. During his postgame comments, Lindy Ruff stated that Sekera would be out for a while.’

Regehr’s enjoy their 1st WNY holiday

‘The Regehr’s celebrated Christmas for the first time in Western New York. He said, “Normally we go back to Saskatchewan every single year so this was the first year my wife and myself and the kids were away.” The defenseman added, “It was good, we enjoyed the time together, but we missed being with the extended family, but it was also good to just focus on one another and the four of us.”’

Skid Road

‘“I think we did a lot of good things (tonight),” said Jason Pominville. “A few mistakes ended up in the back of our net. But it is a little bit of both: us putting our chances away, and trying to eliminate those quality scoring chances we gave up. But we’ve gotta score more than one goal to win a game, and we weren’t able to do that tonight.”’

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Jacob Lagace sparks Rochester Americans to SO win (Rochester D&C)
Amerks Beat Barons In Shootout To Win Fourth Straight Game (Amerks.com)
Barons Fall To Rochester 4-3 In A Shootout (OKCBarons.com)

Power play clicking for Sabres

‘”Getting the puck moving is important and getting pucks on net has been a big part of it,” said defenseman Jordan Leopold. “Maybe some of them haven’t been real pretty but we’ll take the goals any way we can get them.”‘

Time to get on a roll is long overdue

‘”First and foremost we have to get a little bit healthy and [Monday's 4-2 win over Washington] helped us in the health category,” said coach Lindy Ruff, referring to the return of Brad Boyes and Jochen Hecht. “Now it’s to try to put a little bit of a run together.”‘

Ehrhoff yet earn his keep for Sabres

‘“The stats are not there where most people expected,” Ehrhoff acknowledged Tuesday inside the Northtown Center after the Sabres prepared for tonight’s tilt in New Jersey against the Devils. “I don’t really judge myself on my stats. But, for me, it’s about trying to play consistent, too. I think I’ve been better at that lately.”’

Hitchcock Turns Blues Around, Now It’s Ruff’s Turn

‘As evidenced already this season in St. Louis, a new coach can be the shake-up a team needs.’

Wednesday’s New Jersey Coverage

Buffalo (17-15-3) at New Jersey (19-15-1) (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (17-15-3) at New Jersey Devils (19-15-1) (The Sports Network)
Devils host Sabres, who chase consecutive wins (NHL.com)

Sabres Gerbe takes the next step

‘The Sabres have had a lot of experience lately with concussions and getting those players ready to play. Ruff said, “They’re all different really, some have been able to do a pretty heavy work load before they get to the ice, some are not even close to being ready. In Nathan’s case, he got in some pretty good off ice work and now it’ll be two or three days and we’ll get a pretty good idea of where he’s at.”’

Lindy Ruff Updates Sabres’ Injuries

‘Ville Leino is a couple of weeks away according to the head coach, meanwhile Tyler Ennis does not have a timetable. Ruff said they don’t want to bring Ennis back too early from his ankle injury and put him at risk to reaggravate it as was the case during his last return to game action.’

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Americans get big OT win (Rochester D&C)
OKC Barons fail to capitalize on chances in loss to Amerks (Oklahoma City Oklahoman)
Three players shake off the rust after missing games (Oklahoma City Oklahoman)
Amerks dismiss League-leading Barons with 4-3 overtime win (Amerks.com)
Rochester downs Barons 4-3 in OT (OKCBarons.com)

Sabres roar out of Christmas break, down Caps

‘“We got a good jump. In this league, the lead is important,” said Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, who made 20 saves. “I thought that we did a great job of supporting each other and playing the game fast, and that’s what gave us opportunities.”‘

Caps’ Hunter has history in Buffalo

‘“It was the fans. It was always great battles, playoffs and stuff,” Hunter said Monday inside the First Niagara Center prior to Sabres’ 4-2 win over the Caps. “It’s a hockey town, and what’s better than being here tonight again?”’