The Sabres Report - March 26, 2015

Winning’s the only thing, say Sabres, Coyotes players   

Buffalo News:

‘“Nobody wants to be in the position our two teams are in. Not one player,” Coyotes forward Shane Doan said. “You’re embarrassed. You have to be. Nobody ever wants to be considered the worst. Obviously, both teams are considered the two worst teams in the league. That’s not a good feeling.”’

Kaleta, set to return, deserves better than this   

Buffalo News:

‘“You can’t really hide from it. You just focus on what you have to do,” Kaleta said after practice Wednesday. “I’m a guy that takes pride in how he plays. I don’t know what’s going to happen. You just feed off the crowd regardless.”

Hackett hurting but could go Thursday   

Buffalo News:

‘“I always want to play but with the knee and where it’s at, I have to take my rest when I can and it’s just too difficult in this league to play back-to-back,” Hackett said. “I just keep icing it.”’

The ethics of losing   

Buffalo News:

‘And when they went on a 14-game losing streak in December and January, management sat on its hands. The Sabres neither waived nor traded any of their players. They didn’t fire coach Ted Nolan.’

Ted Nolan believes Buffalo wants Sabres to win   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I can’t control what other people think and what other people do,” Nolan said Wednesday. “The only thing I know is what I feel. I’m not speaking for anyone else. I’m just speaking for myself. Who wants to finish last? I never went into anything my entire life wanting to finish last.”‘

Sabres goalie Matt Hackett ready for start, must deal with soreness   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“It’s going to be sore right now,” he said. “I just got to get used to it.”’

Thursday's Phoenix Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Coyotes-Sabres Preview (AP)
Arizona Coyotes (22-44-8) at Buffalo Sabres (20-46-7) (The Sports Network)
Sabres could get Bogosian, Kaleta back vs. Coyotes (NHL.com)

Last-place-rooting Sabres fans have message to team: 'Lose!'   

AP:

‘The compound name “McEichel” has become a popular hashtag reference among Sabres fans on Twitter. Some have written letters to the editor imploring the Sabres to lose. And several hosts on the team’s flagship radio station are on board by providing daily updates on the bottom end of the standings.’

It's business as usual for the Sabres   

WGR-AM:

‘“The guys in this room are proud guys, we’ve battled hard and we’re not content with where we are, no one’s happy with it, but each day you have to try to bring something better and improve.”’

Sabres Nolan hope three hurt players can play   

WGR-AM:

‘Bogosian needs medical clearance to be able to play against the Coyotes, “We’ll see tomorrow, I’ll have to talk to the medical staff, but I’m optimistic.”’

Kaleta, Bogosian hope to return against Coyotes   

Sabres.com:

‘Bogosian, who has consistently been Buffalo’s ice-time leader since he joined the team last month, has missed the past six games with a lower-body injury. He was a full participant at practice on Wednesday at First Niagara Center and hopes to be back for the 7 p.m. faceoff against Arizona.’

The Sabres Report - March 25, 2015

Regier will watch new team play old team   

Buffalo News:

‘One thing Regier will certainly see is a house divided. Many Buffalo fans cheered for visiting New Jersey during the previous home game, successfully hoping the Sabres would stay three back of Arizona last week. With the stakes higher in a head-to-head matchup, the Coyotes could be treated like the home team unless diehards who don’t care about the draft drown out the other fans.’

Patrick Kaleta knows long Sabres career could end soon   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“You never know what anything’s going to bring,” Kaleta said about his uncertain future Tuesday after skating with some teammates inside the First Niagara Center. “But my job is to come in here and enjoy the time, the rest of the season, try to come in with energy, enthusiasm, try to play my game.”‘

Ted Nolan expects crowd to be respectful Thursday   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I don’t think you have to say anything to this city,” Nolan said Tuesday. “This city knows what it’s like to work. It’s a city full of workers. I don’t know anybody in this town who would go to work and not give their best, and that’s what we’re trying to do as a hockey team. So I’m quite sure the fans will get behind that.”’

Sabres regroup, look ahead to Thursday   

Sabres.com:

‘“You have enough just to get where we get to and not enough to get on the other side. That’s part of the process you have to go through when you’re in a situation that we are,” Nolan said. “We’re right there. If we had a [Tyler] Seguin on our side, maybe the game is switched.’