The Sabres Report - March 28, 2015

Sabres find tank talk wearing   

Buffalo News:

‘“It’s just one of those things,” coach Ted Nolan said after his team’s optional practice on Friday. “People marked that on their calendars as a special thing, and I’m not too sure how special it is to battle for where we are in the standings. I think when you’re battling for first place, that’s when your team and fans should get really excited. Not about a draft lottery.”‘

Injured Ennis may only miss one game   

Buffalo News:

‘The team’s leading scorer had a goal and an assist in Thursday’s 4-3 overtime loss to Arizona but missed the third-period with a lower-body injury. Coach Ted Nolan said Ennis will miss the game against the Avalanche but could play in Monday’s rematch against the Coyotes.’

Coyotes radio analyst pleads not guilty in casino fracas   

Buffalo News:

‘At Friday’s arraignment, City Court Judge JaHarr Pridgen set bail at $10,000, which Boynton was expected to post later Friday, and scheduled a pretrial conference for Wednesday.’

Fans want Sabres to lose, but it's not personal   

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

‘And when you focus on the future, the present becomes collateral damage.’

Sabres focused on future, not fan support   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I don’t think you can let anything outside the dressing room and off the ice affect how you approach the game,” Sabres winger Matt Moulson said. “We are professionals. A lot of people have things to play for. There’s a lot of different reasons to bring it every night.”’

Sabres’ Tyler Ennis enjoying special season   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I think he’s been having a sensational year,” Nolan said. “In particular, the last 10 games or so, his play has gone up another level. Somebody asked me, ‘What’s the ceiling on this kid?’ I’m not too sure what it is, but it’s going to be magnificent to watch.’

When Hockey Heaven became hockey hypocrisy   

Niagara Gazette:

‘But it just feels so… unethical. Listening to the game on WGR Radio while working in the office Thursday night, you could hear a similar tone of disappointment in the journalists who cover the Sabres regularly. These are the same folks who have been sometimes harshly critical of this franchise in their own right.’

Saturday's Colorado Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Sabres-Avalanche Preview (AP)
Avalanche host Sabres, who won’t have Ennis (NHL.com)

Sabres fans have really taken to tanking   

Delaware County Daily Times:

‘On top of all that, they live in Buffalo.’

Sabres recall F Schaller   

The Sports Xchange:

‘The 6-foot-2, 206-pound Schaller, 24, joins the Sabres for his fifth recall of the 2014-15 season after making his NHL debut on Nov. 29. He has one goal and one assist in 14 NHL games.’

Sabres' Ennis won't miss too many games   

WGR-AM:

‘The question is will Johnson be able to get some games by the end of the year? He said, “I hope so, there’s still two weeks left and I’ve progressed really well, so I think it’ll be close, I’m hoping to get back for the last week and get a couple of games in.”’

Sabres fans cheer Coyotes - A view from the stands   

WGR-AM:

‘Arizona struck first. Someone named Jordan Szwarz scored his first goal of the season. A man in a Keith Tkachuk jersey revealed himself in the first row of section 320, standing and clapping. Everyone else stayed in their seats. Some clapping. Some fist pumping. Around the arena, there was a rise in the crowd, but it wasn’t anything compared to when the Toronto Maple Leafs come to town. If you were against cheering for the other team, you weren’t upset by the reaction.’

Sabres likely to be without Ennis against Colorado   

Sabres.com:

‘“It’s a big loss. He’s a big key to our offense, to our power play,” captain Brian Gionta, who filled in on the top line, said. “Since he moved back to the point, we’ve been doing well on the power play, too. So hopefully it comes around quick and we’ll see what happens.”’

Saturday's Rochester Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Evan Rankin lifts Amerks over Bulldogs (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Bulldogs comeback bid falls short in 3-2 OT loss to Rochester (Hamilton Spectator)
Rankin, Peters send Amerks past bulldogs in overtime (Amerks.com)
Amerks drop ‘Dogs 3-2 in OT (HamiltonBulldogs.com.com)

The Sabres Report - March 27, 2015

Sabres bow to Coyotes, pleasing the pro-tank partisans   

Buffalo News:

‘“It’s tough to get momentum when your fans are rooting against you,” Weber said. “That’s the unfortunate part. I’ve never seen that before. I’ve always spoken extremely high of our fans. I don’t even know if disappointed is the word. They scored that first one, our fans are cheering. Delayed penalty, they cheer. They cheer when they score to win the game. I don’t know. I don’t even know what to say.”’