The Sabres Report - January 17, 2017

Together again, Eichel and Reinhart excel for Sabres   

Buffalo News:

‘“It’s nice to be back playing with him,” Eichel said in KeyBank Center. “We’re two people who want to be out there together. We know that if we get each other the puck and get open it’s going to come back.’

Mike Harrington: Attack mode should be Sabres' preferred method   

Buffalo News:

‘”We have to play a patient game, a responsible game to get the opportunities that I think will come,” Bylsma said. “You have to play defense against this group. You have to be aware which side of the puck you’re on and if you do so, you’ll get opportunities going back the other way.’

Sabres Notebook: Ennis returns with feats of skill and creativity   

Buffalo News:

‘”He’s been skating a lot for quite a long time trying to work his way back from this injury,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “And he actually pulls that lacrosse move off quite often. To have enough presence of mind to try to do it in a game when there’s grown men out there trying to crush ya, it just shows the comfort level he’s at and the ease with which he plays the game. In practice I’ve seen him put in in right in toe top corner a couple times and this one almost went in after a bounce or two. That was just a flash of his skill.”‘

Quick hits: Sabres 4, Stars 1   

Buffalo News:

‘It didn’t take long to see which Sabres team was playing Monday. It was the good one.’

Sabres jump out to early lead, beat Stars   

Olean Times Herald:

“A win’s nice, but it’s been a roller coaster,” McCabe said. “It’s been up and down and we can’t have that anymore. It’s great to get wins, but we’ve got to start stringing them together.”

Sabres’ Tyler Ennis scores early in return, attempts lacrosse-style goal   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“To have enough presence of mind to try it in a game when there’s grown men out there trying to crush you, just shows you kind of where the comfort level he’s at,” Bylsma said.’

Ennis scores 19 seconds into return, sparks Sabres win   

Batavia Daily News:

‘“Yeah that’s how I planned it,” Ennis said of his quick start.’

The Sabres Report - January 16, 2017

Eichel scores twice in Sabres' 4-1 win over Stars   


‘The Sabres snapped a two-game losing streak and beat the Stars for the first time in four matchups.’

Eichel pots two as Sabres beat Stars   

The Sports Xchange:

‘”I was really happy not only to get our team going, but just for his sake,” said Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe. “He’s missed that many games and he’s a really big piece to our team. He brings so much to the table when he’s in our lineup so to see him get that goal for his confidence and our team confidence, you couldn’t script it any better.”‘

Sabres recall F O'Reilly   

The Sports Xchange:

‘O’Reilly, 30, joins the Sabres for his second recall of the season after playing four games with the team in November, averaging 10:55 of time on ice. The Toronto native is currently tied for second in the AHL with 26 assists and tied for ninth in the league with 34 points overall, including eight goals.’

5 Observations: Ennis, Sabres top Stars 4-1   


‘It took Tyler Ennis 19 seconds to have his presence felt.’

Lehner says Sabres need to do their job   

Buffalo News:

‘“The frustrating part is there’s so many positive things in our games, but then we kind of shoot ourselves in the foot,” Lehner said. “We have a couple good games, then we get away from it. Taking a step forward and two steps back, we’ve got to find an answer.”’

Sabres Notebook: Ennis with O'Reilly; back-to-backs   

Buffalo News:

‘“Being alongside them, using his speed and his playmaking ability could be a nice fit,” Bylsma said in KeyBank Center. “Jack is one of the leaders in the league at having the puck on his stick. Tyler is also a guy who likes to have the puck on his stick. If that was the case, then they’d have to have their sticks really close together.’

Sabres know they must develop consistency   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I’ve just got to be a confident player,” said Ennis, who has one goal this season and has missed 30 games. “I think I’m at my best when I have the puck and I’m making plays and I’m confident in myself. I might have to do certain things, but I can make a mistake or two when I’m doing that but I’m also making more good plays and being creative and being confident.”‘

Monday's Dallas Coverage

Stars-Sabres: Time for Stars’ superstars to step up? (Dallas Morning News)
Dallas Stars try to shrug off tough loss, win on road in noon game Monday (Fort Worth Star Telegram)
Sputtering Sabres look to rebound vs. Stars (AP)
Preview: Stars at Sabres (
Stars-Sabres Preview (