The Sabres Report - October 28, 2016

Home is not where Sabres offense roams   

Buffalo News:

‘Backup goaltender Anders Nilsson had his first pedestrian peformance in a Buffalo uniform going back to training camp and that didn’t help. Joel Eriksson Ek’s snapshot over Nilsson’s right shoulder at 4:51 of the first period put the Wild up for keeps and was described by Bylsma as “kind of a punch in the gut.” But goaltending doesn’t matter much if your team can’t score and the Jack Eichel-less Sabres certainly can’t, with just 14 goals in their 1-3-2 start.’

At age 22, Ristolainen plays his 200th game   

Buffalo News:

‘”That’s impressive,” his blue line partner Josh Gorges said. “He mentioned it this morning that it was also his 200th game on his birthday. I said wow, 200 at that age, really it’s incredible. He’s got so much future ahead of him but he’s done a lot already. It’s unique to see. I don’t think there’s too many players that can come in at 18 and stick and stay healthy and all those things. It’s an early accomplishment.”‘

Quick Hits: Wild 4, Sabres 0   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres gave up eight of the game’s first nine shots on goal in a moribund performance that proved to be their undoing.’

Sabres start slowly, get blanked by Wild   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I didn’t like the start,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “I felt like we were squeezing our sticks a little bit … grinding the sawdust a little bit. We weren’t able to execute. We were just a little nervous with the puck.”’

Wild’s Jason Pominville still versatile presence   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“They struggled for a little bit, and now they’re slowly turning a corner,” Pominville said of the Sabres. “So I think the city can be excited about this team and the future.”’

Lackluster Sabres fall 4-0 to Minnesota   

Batavia Daily News:

‘In the second period, Buffalo’s offense woke up early, holding a 16-1 shot advantage at one point in the frame. However, the team could not cut into the lead as the Wild’s lead.’

Friday's Minneapolis Coverage

Make it two shutouts in a row for Wild, Devan Dubnyk with 4-0 romp over Buffalo (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Wild-Buffalo game recap (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Devan Dubnyk gets second straight shutout; Wild blank Sabres 4-0 (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Jared Spurgeon’s return won’t change Nate Prosser’s approach (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Welcome to the Boudreau Balance (KSTP-AM)
Photo gallery (KSTP-AM)
Postgame Hat Trick: Wild 4, Sabres 0 (
Photo gallery (

Dubnyk, Wild beat Sabres 4-0 for 2nd straight shutout   


‘”I thought we had some great chances in that second period,” Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly said. “If we would’ve got one, it would have changed the whole feel of the game. It would have tightened them up a bit.”‘

Dubnyk backstops Wild to second straight blanking   

The Sports Xchange:

‘The Wild dominated from start to finish and had a few problems with a struggling Sabres’ (1-3-2) attack.’

Sabres blanked by Minnesota 4-0   


‘The seconds continue to bleed off of the clock and this game has completely put me to sleep. Minnesota can watch the time tick off the clock and the Sabres are not putting up much of a fight.’

5 Observations: Sabres blanked by Wild 4-0   


‘On Tuesday night against the Flyers, Nilsson kept the Sabres in the game early. Thursday, he let in some goals he would surely want back.’

Source: Kane harassment case set to be dismissed   


‘Sources tell 7 Eyewitness News an “Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal” is being entered, which would ultimately mean Kane’s case would be tossed.’

Devan Dubnyk, Wild get second straight shutout

‘”Today, minus the first 20 minutes, we [did] what you want to do to try to get goals, didn’t get it,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “We haven’t gotten out to a lead. We haven’t gotten the goals in this building. It certainly led to our demise.”‘

Sabres goalie Robin Lehner turns to MMA training

‘”You can do a lot of goalie drills on and off the ice, but it tends to be pretty one-dimensional,” Lehner said. “When you are in the gym and spar with a coach or other fighters you have to read off a live human being, and if you don’t do it right you get punished, you get a punch in the face. It’s a little bit like being a goalie; if you don’t do the right thing, the puck goes in the net.”‘

Sabres can't overcome slow start in loss to Wild

‘”…We weren’t able to execute, we just got a little nervous with the puck. I don’t know if that’s from the Philly game, but that’s what it felt like in the first, and then the first goal is a punch in the gut.”‘