The Sabres Report - December 3, 2016

Bruins will again test Sabres' struggling PK units   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres have given up a power-play goal in six of their last eight games and have fallen to 29th in the NHL at 76.6 percent. They killed off their first 18 penalties at home this season, but opponents have gone 5 for their last 10 in KeyBank Center.’

Eichel's next task: Extend Sabres' winning streak   

Buffalo News:

‘”As a group we know where we can get to if we have a bit of a charge,” Eichel said after Friday’s practice in HarborCenter. “We’ve talked to each other and as a team about it. These are the times where you need to rattle off a few wins in a row and put yourself in the picture. This is what good teams do.’

Sabres recall Guhle on emergency basis   

Buffalo News:

‘Guhle was a surprising snub for Team Canada’s entry to the upcoming World Junior Championships. He nearly made the Sabres out of training camp last season before being sidelined with a concussion suffered on a hit by Dion Phaneuf during an exhibition game in Toronto. He was again impressive in summer development camp and training camp but the Sabres opted to return him to junior.’

When it comes to TV, Amerks in sync with Sabres, Bills   

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

‘MSG Networks have carried Sabres action since 2005 and had the highest local TV ratings of any NHL team in the United States last season.’

Sabres having fun, thinking playoffs again with Jack Eichel back   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“You felt that the next day,” Bylsma said Friday inside HarborCenter. “You felt that in (the) morning skate. Now you’re feeling it in the game, and that’s a big thing to have.”‘

Sabres recall top defense prospect Brendan Guhle from junior   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Guhle has five goals and seven points in 19 games this season split between the Western Hockey League’s Prince Albert Raiders and Prince George Cougars. He played six AHL games with the Rochester Americans last season, his only pro experience.’

Saturday's Boston Coverage

Eichel leads energized Sabres vs. Bruins (AP)
Preview: Bruins at Sabres (
Need to Know: Bruins at Sabres (

Sabres call up Cats d-man Guhle   

Prince George Citizen:

‘“We are very happy for Brendan and his family and we wish him the very best during his time with the Buffalo Sabres,” said Cougars general manager Todd Harkins. “Our job is to develop players and get them ready for the next level. He’s been a first-class representative of the Western Hockey League, the Prince Albert Raiders and most recently with the Prince George Cougars. He’s very deserving of this opportunity.”’

Sabres reassign G Ullmark   

The Sports Xchange:

‘The Buffalo Sabres reassigned goaltender Linus Ullmark to the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League on Friday.’

Sabres recall Guhle from juniors   


‘Guhle, 19, was Buffalo’s second round pick (51st overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft. Guhle has five goals and two assists in 19 games split between the Cougars and the Prince Albert Raiders this season. Guhle was acquired by the Cougars on November 18.’

Gorges banged up; Lehner good to go   


‘On Thursday, defenseman Josh Gorges blocked a shot off the foot but was able to finish the game. Head coach Dan Bylsma said that Gorges got x-rays following the game, and that he would get more tests done on Friday. Gorges did step on to the ice prior to the practice this morning, but he did not skate with the team.’

Sabres recall Guhle on emergency basis   


‘As for Gorges, the extent of his injury is unkown, but he is scheduled to get x-rays done in the next few days.’

McCabe showed two-way potential against Rangers

‘”I think it’s indicative of where we played,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said following the team’s practice at HarborCenter on Friday. “We played in the offensive zone. We really have noticed peaks in our game when our defensemen are getting involved and when they’re getting shots from the point … It was really our best five-man [effort] and the shot attempts from our D-men are indicative of that.”‘

Sabres recall Guhle from Prince George

‘Guhle (6’1″, 186 lbs., 7/29/1997) has scored three goals in four games since being acquired by Prince George on Nov. 19. In 19 games for the Cougars and Prince Albert Raiders this season, Guhle has seven points (5+2) and 10 penalty minutes.’

Saturday's Rochester Coverage

Linus Ullmark makes 33 saves as Amerks edge Toronto (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Marlies drop back-to-back games, fall to Americans (CP)
Amerks Make It Two Straight With 3-2 Win Over Marlies (
Edged out by Amerks (