The Sabres Report - February 21, 2017

While Sabres are away, their foes will play   

Buffalo News:

‘If the other clubs continue their pace, they could leave Buffalo behind this week.’

Sabres send Bailey, Baptiste, Rodrigues back to Amerks   

Buffalo News:

‘The latest call-up has gone well for all three players. Bailey has a goal and assist in 10 games while earning a spot alongside center Ryan O’Reilly and right wing Kyle Okposo. Rodrigues has centered Brian Gionta and Marcus Foligno, putting up two assists in six games. Baptiste, who played for sick Sam Reinhart over the weekend, had a goal and assist in two games.’

Sabres Mailbag: Kane, prospects, defense depth and more   

Buffalo News:

‘The only way General Manager Tim Murray should trade Kane is if he believes the left winger won’t re-sign with Buffalo. Kane is set to be an unrestricted free after next season. The sides can sign an extension July 1. If Murray doesn’t think the 25-year-old is in Buffalo for the long haul, he needs to find someone who is.’

February turnaround has Sabres knocking on playoff door   

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

‘For the first four months of this season, the Sabres were like watching a one-legged man in a butt kicking contest.

Sabres assign Bailey, Baptiste, Rodrigues to AHL   

The Sports Xchange:

‘Bailey, 21, has two goals and an assist in 19 games for the Sabres this season. He also has 29 points (19 goals, 10 assists) in 39 games with Rochester.’

The Sabres get to sit and watch teams pick up points on them   

WGR-AM:

‘When you look at the schedule this week, it really could be a lot worse for Buffalo than it is. There are only three games where two teams that you don’t want to get points are playing each other. Those games are Ottawa at Carolina, Ottawa at New Jersey and the Islanders at Detroit.’

Sabres assign Bailey, Baptiste, Rodrigues to Amerks   

Sabres.com:

‘The Amerks host the Utica Comets on Wednesday at KeyBank Center at 7:05 p.m.’

The Sabres Report - February 20, 2017

Clunker aside, Sabres happy with how month has gone   

Buffalo News:

‘It typically takes 95 points to secure a playoff spot, which means the Sabres (26-24-10) will have to put up a .750 points percentage the rest of the way.’

Mike Harrington: Lots of 'Showtime' as Hawks dominate   

Buffalo News:

‘This was an old-fashioned butt kicking.’

Sabres Notebook: Fishing for points; Fedun clears waivers   

Buffalo News:

‘Buffalo is in the middle of a packed Eastern Conference, but it has played the most games (60). The other teams will catch up this week, giving the Sabres a more accurate gauge of where they really stand.’

Quick hits: Blackhawks 5, Sabres 1   

Buffalo News:

‘Buffalo announced its second straight sellout with 19,070 tickets sold. Probably one-third of the crowd was wearing Chicago jerseys.’

Sabres fall to Blackhawks, still begin bye feeling good   

Olean Times Herald:

‘The Blackhawks, perhaps the NHL’s model franchise, hammered the Sabres for the 11th straight time (0-9-2). They haven’t beaten the Blackhawks since a home victory Dec. 11, 2009.’

Matt Moulson moving around Sabres lineup   

Olean Times Herald:

‘The problem for Moulson has been getting out there. The three-time 30-goal scorer had averaged just 11 minutes, 40 seconds an outing and skated under 10 minutes in 16 of the last 22 games entering Sunday.’

Sabres throttled by Hawks 5-1   

Batavia Daily News:

‘In the second period, Chicago rebounded from the late Buffalo goal, adding two of their own.’

Monday's Chicago Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Win over Sabres shows Blackhawks may not need major move at trade deadline (Chicago Tribune)
Blackhawks worse off when they get a lot of rest vs. no rest (Chicago Tribune)
Sunday’s recap: Blackhawks 5, Sabres 1 (Chicago Tribune)
Photo gallery (Chicago Tribune)
Blackhawks dominant top to bottom in rout of Sabres (Chicago Sun Times)
Hossa comfortable with third-line role as Hawks seek balance (Chicago Sun Times)
Blackhawks cruise past Sabres, 5-1 (Arlington Heights Daily Herald)
Photo gallery (NHL.com)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)