The Sabres Report - October 25, 2016

Sabres hope Reinhart line takes center stage   

Buffalo News:

‘“We’re looking for Sam to anchor a line and be that guy in the middle,” Bylsma said after practice Monday. “I like the way he skated today just playing center. He was skating up and down the ice, skating with speed. I think that’s something he’s going to have to bring to make that line effective.”’

Nilsson in net; D changes; injury updates   

Buffalo News:

‘“Since Day One of camp, Anders has been a complete professional and warrior in net,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said Monday. “He’s battled in every practice, every scrimmage, every opportunity he got.”’

Sabres’ Sam Reinhart happy with move to center   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“That’s what that line needs to be here for us, get Tyler Ennis going for us, get Zemgus going for us, get Sam (going),” Bylsma said. “He’s (been the) best hockey player playing center in his past. I like the way he skated playing center today … skating up and down the ice, skating with speed.”’

Sabres goalie Robin Lehner sick; Anders Nilsson to get first start   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Nilsson, meanwhile, has been patiently waiting as Lehner started the first four contests. With the schedule ramping up, Bylsma will be giving him more work.’

Tuesday's Philadelphia Coverage

Flyers-Buffalo preview box (Burlington County Times)
Flyers return home to face rested Sabress (AP)
Flyers-Sabres 5 Things: Forget About Monday’s Final Result (CSN Philadelphia)
Preview: Sabres at Flyerss (

Sabres goalie Lehner ill; Nilsson to start at Philadelphia   


‘Coach Dan Bylsma provided the update after Lehner missed practice Monday. Bylsma said Lehner was “feeling under the weather,” and not scheduled to travel with the team.’

Sabres recall G Ullmark   

The Sports Xchange:

‘Ullmark, 23, joins the Sabres for his first recall of the 2016-17 season after recording a 3-1-0 record, 2.75 goals-against average and .926 save percentage in four games for Rochester.’

Lehner out against the Flyers; Ullmark recalled   


‘Head coach Dan Bylsma said he will not make the trip to Philadelphia and Anders Nilsson will get his first start as a Sabre in net. To back up Nilsson, the Sabres have recalled goalie Linus Ullmark from the Rochester Americans.’

Sabres' Ennis is happy to have Reinhart in the middle   


‘He gave it a little more thought and smiled saying, “Just put the puck in the net I guess.” He did get serious after that and agreed he must use his speed more, “Yes I think so, I think I need to push the pace and use my speed all over the ice and then just think about getting the puck to the net.”‘

Reinhart hopes for more speed after switch to center

‘”I’ve liked their jump the past two days and [they] have some offensive punch to them,” Bylsma said. “That’s what that line needs to be for us. Get Tyler Ennis going here, get Zemgus going and Sam, he’s his best hockey player playing center in his past.”‘

Sabres recall Ullmark

‘Ullmark (6’4″, 221 lbs., 7/31/1993) joins the team for his first recall of the 2016-17 season after recording a 3-1-0 record and .926 save percentage in four games for the Americans so far this season. The Lugnvik, Sweden native appeared in 20 games for the Sabres during his first season in North America in 2015-16, posting an 8-10-2 record with a .913 save percentage and a 2.60 goals-against average.’

The Sabres Report - October 24, 2016

Sabres' new coaches ready to build winning relationships   

Buffalo News:

‘“We’ve got a bunch of young guys, and we’re trying to find ourselves, find our way, find our team, find who we are,” Ward said after practice in KeyBank Center. “We’re a work in progress, but it’s been a blast. I’m kind of just in hockey heaven.”’

Reinhart to center; Nelson gets work   

Buffalo News:

‘“Sam needs to get a little bit more feet moving, a little bit more speed to his game,” Bylsma said. “He’s made some great plays for us early on … but we need to get more out of Sam, moving his feet more, playing a little bit faster, a little bit quicker and providing a little bit more offense for our team.”’

Sabres’ Matt Moulson off to hot start   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Moulson scored two goals in the first two contests, as many as he had during a wretched 63-game stretch last season.’

Sabres recall Hudson Fasching, Casey Nelson; Top line changed   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I felt like I got a little more confidence back, a little more jump in my step, a little more calm even today,” said Nelson, who has played 10 pro games since leaving college in March.’