The Sabres Report - December 20, 2014

Sabres’ Flynn is getting his points across   

Buffalo News:

‘“It’s evolving, no question about that,” coach Ted Nolan said about Flynn’s role. “Some players take a little bit of time. You don’t pigeonhole someone when they’re 22 or 23 and some people take a little bit longer and it seems like he’s just starting to come into his own.”‘

Power-play units stress puck movement   

Buffalo News:

‘“I think a lot of it is quick puck movement,” defenseman Tyler Myers said. “Get the puck moving around and taking what’s given to you. Take the simple play whether it’s a shot from the half wall, shot from the point. We create the most havoc when we get the puck to the net. Quick puck movement to each other then when the opportunity is there to take it and not try to make the pretty play.”’

Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth thriving with increased workload   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I’ve only been playing 20-plus games all my years here,” Enroth said Friday inside HarborCenter. “So it’s definitely a lot higher pace with games. That’s what we work for. I’m enjoying it.”’

Saturday's Colorado Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Avalanche-Sabres Preview (AP)
Colorado Avalanche (10-13-8) at Buffalo Sabres (13-17-2 (The Sports Network)
Well-rested Sabres host struggling Avalanche (NHL.com)

Sabres prepare for Avs on Saturday   

Sabres.com:

‘“I think our efforts on the road as of late have been just as good as they are it home,” defenseman Tyler Myers said after practice Friday at HARBORCENTER. “It looks good because we have more home games and we’re winning more. We’re going to have more road games coming up and we’re going to have to bring the same effort.”’

Saturday's Rochester Coverage   

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Dalpe, Lieuwen lead Amerks past Flames (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Flames lose in seventh round of shootout (Glen Falls Post Star)
Armia shines in return, Lieuwen steps up in Amerks win (WGR-AM)
Amerks get past Flames with 3-2 shootout win (Amerks.com)
Flames drop 3-2 shootout decision in Rochester (AdirondackFlames.com)

The Sabres Report - December 19, 2014

Hodgson will try to make up for mistake   

Buffalo News:

‘“The only thing we want to see is give us your effort,” Nolan said. “If your effort’s OK, it has nothing to do with production, nothing to do with stats. It just has something to do with your effort. If your effort’s there, you’re going to play. If not …”‘

Sabres players warm to HarborCenter ice   

Buffalo News:

‘“This place is pretty unbelievable,” right wing Patrick Kaleta said. “To have that in our backyard is something special and an asset to us a team and us as a community.”’

Sabres’ Marcus Foligno scoring goals, feels career surging   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I just want to continue trying to get the puck in the net and playing that physical style.”’

Team impressed with HarborCenter   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“It’s beautiful,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said inside HarborCenter. “It’s a great facility for us to have.”’

Sabres regroup with 1st practice at HarborCenter   

Sabres.com:

‘“We had a lot of games and you can see how fresh the guys are after just one day off,” Nolan said. “I’m a big believer in rest and recovery so that you have more energy to play. Three days rest is perfect this time of year.”’

Friday's Rochester Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Mumps a major concern in hockey’s top minor league (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

The Sabres Report - December 18, 2014

Sabres’ Neuvirth frustrated by his play in loss to Jets   

Buffalo News:

‘“I expect a little better from myself than I showed,” said Neuvirth. “All around. Rebounds. I had a really tough time finding the puck. They did a great job. They have big bodies in front and especially on the power play, I was struggling to see the puck.”’

Forget Connor McDavid dream and enjoy Sabres' turnaround   

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

‘On defense, Ristolainen and Zadorov can make you throw sponge pucks at the TV set with some of the mistakes they make. But they’re stuffed with talent like Santa’s sleigh is stuffed with toys and Buffalo’s coaches are wisely staying the course with them.’

Sabres return Grigorenko to AHL Rochester   

AP:

‘Grigorenko was called up on Monday to fill in after Torrey Mitchell was hurt blocking a shot in a 5-4 shootout win over Ottawa.’