The Sabres Report - November 24, 2015

Sabres striving to snap out of power-play doldrums   

Buffalo News:

‘“I have a tough time thinking about this without thinking about the 5 on 3, and it’s almost still affecting us, not scoring on those 5 on 3s in St. Louis and in Dallas,” Bylsma said Tuesday afternoon as the Sabres prepared to host the Nashville Predators at 7 Wednesday night in First Niagara Center.’

Girgensons eyes return to Sabres’ lineup   

Buffalo News:

‘“I’m just excited to practice with the team,” Girgensons said. “I’ve been a little bit bored the past couple of days with the injury. It’s never fun.”’

Slumping Sabres rookie Jack Eichel ‘not happy’ with own game   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I can’t make any excuses on why I’m not performing,” he said. “At the end of the day, it’s all on me. I have to be better.”’

Sabres’ Zemgus Girgensons close to returning   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“We’ve missed him considerably,” said coach Dan Bylsma, who noted the Sabres have allowed more scoring chances without Girgensons. “It’s a big piece down the middle and a big piece matchup-wise for our team.”’


‘“It’s a good sign for where he’s at,” the coach said. “We’ll see how he is tomorrow.”’

Sabres fall to Blues, extend winless streak to 5   

Buffalo News:

‘It was a particularly frustrating loss for the Sabres, who hit at least three posts, including clanks from Ryan O’Reilly and Johan Larsson within a three-minute span in the first period.’

Poor play of Ennis is puzzling   

Buffalo News:

‘Ennis played his 19th game of the season in Monday’s hard-luck, 2-1 loss to St. Louis. He’s got three goals, 10 points and is a team-worst minus-9. He’s simply not much of a factor a lot of the time.’

Patient Colaiacovo wants to be an everyday guy   

Buffalo News:

‘“For me, the biggest thing is just to stay in the lineup,” Colaiacovo said. “The more I can stay in the lineup, the more consistency I can find. It’s always tough when you’re playing two and sitting two and playing two and sitting two.”’

Quick hits: Blues 2, Sabres 1   

Buffalo News:

‘It was the ninth straight win in the series for the Blues while the Sabres stumbled to 0-3-2 in their last five games.’

Sabres’ Ryan O’Reilly unhappy after loss to Blues: ‘We’re too OK with losing’   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“We had so many chances there that we got to put them away early when we have them,” O’Reilly said. “It’s not good enough. It’s embarrassing.”’

Former Sabres captain Steve Ott playing like old self   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“Coming off an injury and surgery, I was probably almost trying too hard to kind of get there,” Ott said. “At times, I was too early or too late. This year, after a strong summer of training and kind of pushing forward from the get-go in training camp, I felt like where I usually am.”’

Tuesday's Saint Louis Coverage

Blues pull out 2-1 win over Sabres (Saint Louis Post Dispatch)
Shattenkirk feeling like himself again (Saint Louis Post Dispatch)
Game Notes – Blues 2, Sabres 1 (
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Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Brouwer, Fabbri score in 3rd as Blues rally past Sabres 2-1   


‘”We had so many chances there that we’ve got to put them away early when we have them,” Buffalo center Ryan O’Reilly said. “It’s not good enough. It’s embarrassing.”‘

Third-period goals push Blues past Sabres   

The Sports Xchange:

‘The Sabres were 6-0 when leading after three periods entering this game, but center Ryan O’Reilly said the young team is still lacking a killer instinct.’

Blues come back for 2-1 win over Sabres   


‘St. Louis is able to get a puck leak through Linus Ullmark for the game’s go-ahead score. Dan Bylsma challenged that the Blues were offside but it was confirmed that the play was onside. 2-1 StL.’