Jeanneret returning to booth

‘Jeanneret missed the first four games of the season due to an undisclosed illness. He was honored in November by the Hockey Hall of Fame with the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for broadcast excellence and was expected to do the Sabres’ entire schedule this season when it was still an 82-game slate. Jeanneret, who started working for the team in 1971, worked about 65 games last season, taking some trips off to cut down on his travel schedule.’

Struggling Sabres trying to ‘get rid of the pond hockey’ mentality

‘“Every freakin’ puck is going to go deep! No more of this pond hockey (stuff)!”’

Sabres’ Ruff regrets playing top prospect Grigorenko so little

‘“I like where this kid is going,” Ruff said. “I like where his game has been. Even his early shifts I thought were good shifts. They had the makings of doing something good.”’

Sunday’s Washington Coverage

Capitals vs. Sabres: Preview and news and notes (Washington Times)
Sabres-Capitals Preview (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (2-2-0) at Washington Capitals (0-3-1) (The Sports Network)
Capitals host Sabres still seeking first win (NHL.com)
Caps Aim for First Win (WashingtonCaps.com)

Vanek Sits Out Practice, Ruff talks Grigorenko

‘“We played pond hockey there,” Ruff said. “It wasn’t real good hockey. Let’s not kid ourselves, turnovers and turnovers my some of our key personnel even the short-handed goal was a careless turnover and we had a 3-on-0 against us and needed a couple big saves. We can’t play like that.”’

Carolina finishes a sweep of Sabres

‘“Guys created pretty well,” Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller said. “We just couldn’t find the back of the net.”’

Faceoffs continue to be a problem

‘Ennis went just 2-10 Friday and is 22-35 for the season. Cody Hodgson (30-51) had one of his better games by going 10-11. Jochen Hecht (4-11) fell to 13-28 for the season. The only regular draw takers who have a winning percentage are Steve Ott (13-8) and rookie Mikhail Grigorenko (12-11).’

Anemic Sabres showcase little finish in loss to Hurricanes

‘“I tried to be patient tonight,” Ruff said. “I was hoping the Ennis line would catch a little traction. But I think right now we can try anything going into the next game. You’ll probably see some lines get (shaken) up. But that top line will stay where it’s at.”’

Sabres say no surgery planned for Leino’s injured hip

‘“There’s no talk of surgery right now,” Ruff said. “Maybe down the road it happens. I don’t know. But right now there’s some other treatment options that are possible.”’

Saturday’s Carolina Coverage

Photo gallery (Raleigh News and Observer)
Photo gallery (CarolinaHurricanes.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Harrison leads Hurricanes past Sabres 3-1

”’I thought at the start of the second period, we had five or six good opportunities,” Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. ”We missed on a few, but we gave up some beauties tonight again. Some plays by our defense hurt us in a couple situations.”’

Carolina 3, Buffalo 1

‘”You want to win these [close] games, or at least send them to overtime,” said Miller afterward. “I needed to make one more save.”‘

Hurricanes Edge Sabres 3-1

‘Both goaltenders were excellent, especially Ellis. The Hurricanes backup stopped 40 of 41 shots while Miller finished 39 saves on 41 shots. Noticeable on Friday night was the lack of playing time for 18-year-old Mikhail Grigorenko. The rookie saw just 6:48 on the ice and did not skate at all during the third period.’

Myers trying to up his game

‘Overall, a slightly better job than I’ve seen this year. I really like how active he is, but he’s still too loose with the puck.’

Sabres’ Grigorenko demoted to 4th line to stop Staal

‘”It’s coach’s decision,” Grigorenko said after the game. “He thought it would have been better for the team so I was sitting on the bench waiting for — you know, if he’s going to call my name to go on the ice. I’m just happy to be here. If it’s just two shifts a game, I’m happy.”‘