Struggling Sabres trying to start fresh following break

‘“We’ve done it before, the same guys,” Stafford said about making up ground. “I know I can speak for myself, I feel energized, I feel (it’s) a fresh start. Based on the attitude in here, seeing everybody after the break, the type of practice we had out there – it’s all business.”’

Sabres resume quest for a win streak

‘But there’s a reality looming around the room too: The Sabres are 14th in the East and several players could be in their final month in the Blue and Gold if the team becomes a seller at the Feb. 27 trade deadline.’

Pominville shows he’s out of touch

‘Pominville was either lying or delusional, either of which is disturbing heading into tonight’s game in Montreal.’

W’s taking the heat off Cunneyworth

‘”[It's settled down] for the time being,” Montreal defenseman Josh Gorges said Monday. “Winning will keep it that way. That’s the only recipe to keep things quiet and keep things positive is to win. We know that as players, and they know that as coaches. We’ve got to go out there and win some games.”‘

Tuesday’s Montreal Coverage

Buffalo (20-24-5) at Montreal (19-21-9) (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (20-24-5) at Montreal Canadiens (19-21-9) (The Sports Network)
Sabres see road trip end with visit to Canadiens (NHL.com)

Ennis Ready to Return for Sabres

‘Brayden McNabb was back practicing. McNabb was feeling better before the All Star break but worked out with the team for the first time since sustaining an upper-body injury. He had been skating on his own. Jochen Hecht is still having good days and bad days as he attempts to come back from a concussion.’

Monday notes

‘Head coach Lindy Ruff said that, barring any last-minute setbacks, he expects Tyler Ennis to be back in the lineup on Tuesday. Ennis has missed the last 17 games with a high ankle sprain, the same injury that kept him off the ice for an additional 17 games earlier this season. Ruff also said that Paul Gaustad is a possibility for tomorrow, after missing the past three games with an upper body injury after being hit by Jamal Mayers in Chicago on January 18.’

Buffalo’s in a party mood

‘”Hockey fans in Buffalo would embrace it,” said Sabres forward Luke Adam, who took part in the event along with teammate Jason Pominville. “It would be special for people in the surrounding areas, so why not? It’s been a fun weekend. The fans are what make these events.”‘

Add a star? Pominville likes status quo

‘”I don’t know if I’d pick a player,” Pominville said in a serious tone. “I like our team. I like everybody we have. I like the chemistry we have in our locker room, so I would keep it that way.”‘

Monday’s Rochester Coverage

Former Amerks coach Crozier to be enshrined in AHL Hall of Fame (Rochester D&C)

Pominville could not rejoice too

‘”We had problems in finding ways to score and when several players are having trouble on offense, you sometimes tend to cheat a little to the attack and I do not think it helped us,” he raised.’

First-half follies have Sabres stuck in the breakdown lane

‘Sure looked good on paper. Sure looks terrible on the ice. Not a single two-game winning streak since early November. How is that possible?’

Sabres’ Black hints at possible changes among ‘core’ players

‘”I wouldn’t say that about any season [being a lost one] because you never know where the seeds of greatness are going to be planted,” Black said. “So I wouldn’t say it’s a lost season because that would suggest somehow we’re abandoning our efforts, and we’re not.”‘

Burke says he wasn’t taking a shot at Regier

‘”I could never get on the same page with him as far as what players are worth, which means one of two things: Either he’s [messed] up or I’m [messed] up. Or maybe we’re both [messed] up.”‘

Black Still Preaching Patience

‘The team president also reiterated that the franchise is standing behind both general manager Darcy Regier and head coach Lindy Ruff. Black gave both men another vote of confidence, saying, “If this was a court reporter I would ask to read back the record on prior answers.” He has previously said that both men are safe in their respective jobs with the team.’