Sabres slump has focus on Ruff and Regier

‘”I’m not worried at all, I don’t listen, I don’t read,” Ruff answer. “It wears on everybody–its a tough stretch. I’ve been through tough stretches, it was just as tough last year at times.”‘

No joke: The Hoff is back

‘“Maybe I’ll throw a joke out to get the guys going. Try to get the confidence level back up again,” he said with a smile. “It’s been a tough few weeks for the guys that have been playing. I’ll just try to come in and bring some excitement, and maybe give them a little confidence. It’s been a while. Obviously I’m happy to be back. Hopefully we can get out of this hole tomorrow and get a win.”’

Tuesday’s Rochester Coverage

Derek Whitmore: In between a dream and a dream deferred (WGR-AM)

Sabres Spiral to Bottom of the East

The sinking Sabres (19-24-5) are currently tied with the Carolina Hurricanes (17-24-9) at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with 43-points, but if the Hurricanes can snag at least a point at home against Winnipeg Monday, the idle Sabres will be dwelling alone in the basement of the East.
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Sabres on road to nowhere

‘And get this: If Carolina gets one point tonight at home against Winnipeg, the Sabres tumble into last in the East.’

Time to start over in Buffalo

‘Owner Terry Pegula believed he could build a Stanley Cup contender by lavishing huge contracts on free-agent players. He created a country club atmosphere instead, where his veteran players are content to mail in loss after loss while tracking their lucrative financial investments.’

Sabres taking the same toll the Bills do

‘Instead of uplifting the communal psyche, these teams assault it. The Sabres’ high expectations this season only intensified the impact of their fall.’

Time Warner contest shuts out area viewers

‘“This is their solution — a raffle to send 10 fans to Charlotte, N. C., to watch the Knicks-Bobcats game?” said Daniel Ronayne, MSG Networks’ executive vice president and general manager. “What about the other 2.5 million New Yorkers who want to watch the Knicks, Sabres, Rangers, Devils and Islanders?”’

Sabres’ loss to Blues is same old song

‘The Sabres missed too many scoring chances early, made just enough mistakes to fall behind and couldn’t catch up in losing their 12th straight on the road and falling to 0-5 on their season-ruining road trip.’

Sabres are overdue for change at GM

‘To be clear, at this stage, replacing Regier doesn’t qualify as “a bold move.” It’s the obvious move, the easy move, the right move. I’m almost afraid to mention Rick Dudley’s name — for Rick Dudley’s sake Ñ as a possible replacement because the Sabres might consider hiring anybody but Rick Dudley.’

Blues reborn under Hitchcock’s coaching

‘St. Louis was 7-0-1 in January and owned the NHL’s best goals-against average entering Saturday night’s game against the Buffalo Sabres in Scottrade Center. Under Hitchcock, they were 22-5-6 and fighting for first overall in the NHL standings.’

Sunday’s St. Louis Coverage

Backes has 2 goals, 2 assists as Blues win (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Bishop is odd man out for now (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Time to start over in Buffalo (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Photo gallery (StLouisBlues.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)
Photo gallery (AP)
Photo gallery (WGRZ-TV)

Backes has 2 goals, 2 assists in Blues’ win

‘“I’ll take full responsibility,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “It’s not acceptable.”’

St. Louis 4, Buffalo 2

‘”No matter how good we play it’s like you’re almost waiting for the other shoe to drop,” Miller said about his team’s recent struggles. “Sometimes you just have to clear your head and play some hockey.”‘

Blues beat Sabres 4-2

‘Miller continued his strong play into the third, but the Blues went into lockdown mode, allowing just two shots in the first 10 minutes of the period.’