The Sabres Report - December 5, 2016

As Gorges sits, Kulikov nears return   

Buffalo News:

‘But there’s more. Taylor Fedun also missed practice after he was banged up on a hit in the third period Saturday against Boston. He’s questionable for Monday’s game in Washington. That means another recall is likely coming from Rochester, either the return of Casey Nelson or the NHL debut of free-agent signee Erik Burgdoerfer.’

Sabres notebook: Caps having similar scoring woes   

Buffalo News:

‘Since beating Buffalo, 3-1, on Nov. 25, the Caps have lost three straight — and have scored just three goals in those games. While Buffalo remains last in the league in offense at 2.0 goals per game, the Caps are a surprising 18th at 2.52. They were second last year at 3.02.’

Sabres’ Dmitry Kulikov nearing return as Josh Gorges leaves lineup   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“It’s actually been bothering me since training camp,” Kulikov said. “It’s been getting worse to the point where it’s been interfering with the day-to-day life. I made a decision to get an injection. Sometimes it works right away; sometimes it takes a couple weeks to work. … It was just frustrating to wait.”’

Monday's Washington Coverage

Capitals hope to end slide against visiting Sabres (AP)
Preview: Sabres at Capitals (
Caps Hope to Halt Slide vs. Sabres (

Sabres lose Gorges, but Kulikov is improving   


‘Dmitry Kulikov has been on the ice working with skills coach Dennis Miller for about a week. Sunday was his first time back on the ice with his teammates and he said his back is progressing well, “I’ve had a tough week, it started with skating eight days ago and I’ve been making good progress. I think this is the next step getting in practice with the team and it feels good.”’

With Gorges out 'weeks,' Kulikov returns to practice

‘Kulikov will not travel with the team for their game in Washington, D.C. on Monday and is day-to-day, Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. With the Sabres set to host the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night, Bylsma hinted that Kulikov’s return might come after those back-to-back games.’

The Sabres Report - December 4, 2016

Mike Harrington: No rest on defense as injury crisis deepens   

Buffalo News:

‘Zach Bogosian (knee) and Dmitry Kulikov (back) are both out, and neither has played since Nov. 9. And now veteran Josh Gorges is out after taking a shot to the foot Thursday night against the New York Rangers. Even Casey Nelson is sidelined in Rochester with a neck/shoulder issue. Judging from coach Dan Bylsma’s downcast mood, although there’s no concrete information yet, Gorges may be out a while.’

Guhle proves he can play in the NHL   

Buffalo News:

‘”He’s a great young talent,” said Cody Franson, his defensive partner for the afternoon. “He’s a good kid. He stepped in and played very well tonight. That’s not easy to do coming out of juniors. He did very well tonight. He was very easy to play with.”‘

Sabres Notebook: Kane finally scores; Gorges out   

Buffalo News:

‘“It was just good to get the first one out of the way,” Kane said in KeyBank Center. “When you have multiple games together and you don’t score, being a goal-scorer that’s a slump. I feel I have an opportunity to score every game, so it was just nice to get it.”’

Quick hits: Bruins 2, Sabres 1   

Buffalo News:

‘”I don’t think we had glaring, clear-cut chances that he kind of robbed us on,” Sabres captain Brian Gionta said. “We got some pucks to the net, and he made the first save. We’ve got to do a better job of getting the ones after that.”‘

Inside the Sabres: Nilsson proudly waves pride flag   

Buffalo News:

‘“Anders Nilsson is courageous beyond the understanding of many,” Davis said via email. “He is taking a risk on multiple fronts and is standing up for something that he believes in, knowing the backlash that could come his way. He’s my hero.”’

Sabres’ offense struggles again in loss to Bruins   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Back to reality.’

Sabres prospect Brendan Guhle stands out in NHL debut   

Olean Times Herald:

‘The Sabres recalled Guhle because Josh Gorges blocked a shot in Thursday’s 4-3 win against the New York Rangers.’

Sabres lose Eichel touch, fall 2-1 to Bruins   

Batavia Daily News:

‘The 1-0 lead held until the third period, but the Sabres looked to have tied the score with 2:50 left in the second period. After a review it was determined that Brian Gionta kicked the puck past Tukka Rask (35 saves), keeping it a one-goal game.’

Sunday's Boston Coverage

Bruins edge Sabres in Buffalo (Boston Globe)
Matt Beleskey leaves Bruins game with lower-body injury (Boston Globe)
Bruins, Tuukka Rask hold on for 2-1 win against Sabres (Boston Herald)
Boring Bruins happy with two points rather than style points (Boston Herald)
It Wasn’t Pretty, But Bruins Find Way To Win On Road Against Sabres (NESN)
Bruins Wrap: Boston’s Defense Holds Up Late In 2-1 Road Win Vs. Sabres (NESN)
Talking Points: Rask Dazzles With 35-Save Performance In B’s 2-1 Win (CSN New England)
Beleskey Knocked Out Of Bruins Game With Lower Body Injury (CSN New England)
5 Things We Learned From Another Tuukka Rask Shutdown Against The Sabres (WEEI-FM)
Bergeron Helps Lift Bruins to Win Over Sabres (
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