The Sabres Report - January 30, 2015

Friday's Vancouver Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Miller to keep emotions in check facing Sabres for first time since leaving Buffalo (Vancouver Province)
Zack Kassian hasn’t lost his drive in a lost season (Vancouver Province)
Canucks goalie Ryan Miller has pending paternity on his mind (Vancouver Sun)
Canucks to give their Latvian a look against Sabres (Vancouver Sun)
Miller: Playing against Sabres will be ‘strange’ (24 Hours Vancouver)
Miller set to face old team for the first time when Canucks host Sabres (CP)
Sabres-Canucks Preview (AP)
Canucks goalie Miller eager to face Sabres (NHL.com)
Canucks goalie Miller to face Sabres for first time (NHL.com)

Sabres fall to Oilers in ‘battle of the bottom’   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres were outshot in the game, 34-20, and were doubled in shot attempts, 74-37.’

Miller ready to face old teammates   

Buffalo News:

‘“This is a game I’ll just try to have some fun with,” Miller said. “I’ll see a lot of people who meant a lot to me over the years, from the training staff and support staff and the guys I played with for a while. I care about these guys a lot. It will be nice to have a chance to meet them.”’

Canucks goalie Ryan Miller ready to face old Sabres teammates   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Miller has strong numbers – 23-11-1, 2.33 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and five shutouts – in 35 games. The American had zero shutouts in his final 87 games with the Sabres.’

Despite Oilers woes, things going much worse for 12-game-losing-skid Sabres   

Edmonton Sun:

‘“We’re going through a bad stretch, but the last three games, I think the effort has been there,” said Sabres head coach Ted Nolan. “I think we’re getting a little better as far as the battle level and the effort goes. As long as the effort and the battle level are there, the outcome will be the outcome, based on how you execute things.”’

Friday's Edmonton Coverage   

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Anton Lander leads Edmonton Oilers to win over Buffalo Sabres (Edmonton Journal)
An NHL proposal: End race for bottom, go All for No. 1 (Edmonton Journal)
Should the Edmonton Oilers shop their ‘other’ first-round pick? (Edmonton Journal)
Photo gallery (Edmonton Journal)
Lander’s three points lead Oilers to victory over bottom-dwelling Sabres (Edmonton Sun)
Oilers Anton Lander and Oscar Klefbom put up points against Buffalo, talk of gaining confidence (Edmonton Sun)
Despite Oilers woes, things going much worse for 12-game-losing-skid Sabres (Edmonton Sun)
Snapshots (Edmonton Sun)
Recap: Oilers 3, Sabres 2 (EdmontonOilers.com)
Photo gallery (EdmontonOilers.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Lander with goal and two assists as Oilers beat Sabres 3-2   

CP:

‘”The defence were involved, but it wasn’t a 60-minute effort for all of us,” said Sabres centre Torrey Mitchell. “We play the first two periods well or we score the first goal, and get off to good starts and we just can’t build on it right now.”‘

Edmonton 3, Buffalo 2   

The Sports Network:

‘”We had our chances,” Buffalo coach Ted Nolan said.’

Oilers beat Sabres in battle of basement   

The Sports Xchange:

‘”It seems like the same ones over and over again, but we only have 20 players, who else are you going to put in?”‘

Oilers Drop Sabres 3-2; Losing Streak Hits 13   

WGR-AM:

‘Last-place Buffalo (31 points) now trails Edmonton (35 points) by four points in the NHL standings.’

Sabres tangle with Oilers   

WGR-AM:

‘”We have to face reality,” said Gorges. “These mistakes that we continually make, we have to eliminate them. We have to find a way to play with confidence and not play scared to lose.”‘

Lander helps Oilers send Sabres to 13th loss in row   

NHL.com:

‘”We had our chances. With this team we need every one; we can’t afford two or three guys not playing well or not giving what they have to give.”‘

Sabres' early lead doesn't show up in Edmonton   

Sabres.com:

‘“I think we need to stay positive and just keep approaching every game like we think we’re going to win the game,” goaltender Jhonas Enroth, who made 31 saves, said. “We can’t go into the game thinking that we’re going to lose again. We have to stay positive and still believe that we can win games.”’

Friday's Rochester Coverage   

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AHL is heading west (Buffalo News)
Rankin anxious about return to Amerks (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

The Sabres Report - January 29, 2015

Sabres, Oilers dismiss tank talk   

Buffalo News:

‘“That’s no factor in our room. No one is looking at the draft,” said Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers. “We’re focusing on game by game and trying to win every game we can. And you know what? The bottom line is that if we were playing better before, we wouldn’t be in this position in the first place. We’re not playing for last here.”’