The Sabres Report - November 21, 2014

Postponement catches Sabres players by surprise   

Buffalo News:

‘Michael Gilbert, the Sabres’ vice president for public and community relations, said the decisions were made by the league in consultation with the teams in both cases. Gilbert also said the fact that Tuesday’s game was a national telecast on the NBC Sports Network was not a factor.’

Snow days at home don’t sit well with Kaleta   

Buffalo News:

‘Kaleta is the only Sabres player who lives in the Southtowns and he’s been stuck in his Hamburg home since the region was battered by snow on Tuesday. He missed Tuesday’s game against San Jose and Thursday’s practice, both at First Niagara Center. And he has no idea if he’ll make it to today’s practice or the flight later this afternoon for Saturday’s game in Washington.’

Sabres-Rangers game postponed due to storm   

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

‘Rochester Americans goalie coach Bob Janosz lives in East Aurora and has been unable to even get onto the street in front of his house, so he has missed the past two days of practice.’

Sabres believe postponement of Rangers game a good thing   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Ennis, an Edmonton native, has never seen anything like the past few days. “Never in my life,” he said.’

Sabres goalie Nathan Lieuwen’s stay in Buffalo could be brief   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Goalie Michal Neuvirth, who suffered a lower-body injury early Tuesday’s 4-1 win against San Jose, might be back sooner than expected. If Neuvirth’s swelling went down, he could’ve practiced Thursday, Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “It’s a far cry from thinking he was out weeks,” Nolan said.

The Sabres Report - November 20, 2014

Sabres home game against Rangers postponed by NHL   

AP:

‘Though downtown Buffalo, where the Sabres play, is mostly unaffected by the storm, there are numerous driving bans throughout the region which make it difficult for fans to get to the arena.’

Friday's game between Rangers and Sabres postponed   

The Sports Network:

‘The National Hockey League announced that Friday’s game between the New York Rangers and Sabres in Buffalo has been postponed because of snow that has blanketed the area.’

Friday's Sabres-Rangers game postponed   

The Sports Xchange:

‘A makeup date has not yet been determined.’

Rangers-Sabres game set for Friday postponed   

NHL.com:

‘A makeup date will be announced as soon as it can be confirmed.’

Neuvirth injury means Sabres call up Lieuwen   

Buffalo News:

‘Both Lieuwen and Andrey Makarov practiced Wednesday in Rochester waiting for the Sabres to make a decision. Makarov is 4-4 with a 2.92 goals-against average and .908 save percentage for the Amerks while Lieuwen has downright terrible numbers (3-4, 3.53, .876) and has been pulled in three of his last five starts.’

Sabres prospect Justin Bailey dominating OHL   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“He’s an electrifying player,” Kitchener Rangers coach Troy Smith said by phone Wednesday. “Whenever he’s out there, our fans, you can kind of hear the buzz in the building just because of his speed and his ability. He has the ability at this level to take over a game when he feels like he needs to.”‘

Sabres call up goalie Lieuwen from minors   

AP:

‘Neuvirth is out indefinitely after being hurt in the first period of a 4-1 win over San Jose. He appeared to be injured late in the period during a collision with teammate Tyler Ennis.’

Irbe enjoys brief 2-period NHL return with Sabres   

AP:

‘”I said, ‘Ted, I haven’t donned a uniform in seven years,'” Irbe said, recalling the conversation he had with Sabres coach Ted Nolan during the first intermission. “And he said, ‘It doesn’t matter. Now you will.'”‘

Sabres recall a goalie   

WGR-AM:

‘Lieuwen joins the Sabres for his second career recall since being drafted by Buffalo in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. In a seven-game stint with the Sabres last season, Lieuwen compiled a 1-4-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against average and .906 save percentage.’

Lieuwen recalled from Amerks   

Sabres.com:

‘In Rochester this season, Lieuwen has appeared in 10 games, recording a 3-4-0 record and a 3.53 goals-against average. Last season, Lieuwen ranked fourth in save percentage and tied for seventh in goals-against average among AHL netminders, respectively. He has appeared in 46 career AHL games, compiling a 21-17-4 record, a 2.59 goals-against average and a save percentage of .906.’