Home is not where Sabres offense roams

‘Backup goaltender Anders Nilsson had his first pedestrian peformance in a Buffalo uniform going back to training camp and that didn’t help. Joel Eriksson Ek’s snapshot over Nilsson’s right shoulder at 4:51 of the first period put the Wild up for keeps and was described by Bylsma as “kind of a punch in the gut.” But goaltending doesn’t matter much if your team can’t score and the Jack Eichel-less Sabres certainly can’t, with just 14 goals in their 1-3-2 start.’

At age 22, Ristolainen plays his 200th game

‘”That’s impressive,” his blue line partner Josh Gorges said. “He mentioned it this morning that it was also his 200th game on his birthday. I said wow, 200 at that age, really it’s incredible. He’s got so much future ahead of him but he’s done a lot already. It’s unique to see. I don’t think there’s too many players that can come in at 18 and stick and stay healthy and all those things. It’s an early accomplishment.”‘

Quick Hits: Wild 4, Sabres 0

‘The Sabres gave up eight of the game’s first nine shots on goal in a moribund performance that proved to be their undoing.’

Sabres start slowly, get blanked by Wild

‘“I didn’t like the start,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “I felt like we were squeezing our sticks a little bit … grinding the sawdust a little bit. We weren’t able to execute. We were just a little nervous with the puck.”’

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Preview – Amerks Begin Weekend Set With Icecaps Friday (Amerks.com)
Weekend Recap – Amerks Earn Sweep, Schneider Off To Hot Start (Amerks.com)

Sabres look to learn early-season lesson

‘”No I don’t ever want to forget this one.I think we can’t forget it,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said to media Wednesday when asked if the latest loss was one to just forget. “I get your point, you want to cut loose and turn the next page but if we want to be a good team, if we want to be a winning team this is a game we have to learn a lesson from with how we played it, have to learn a lesson in how we’re going to play going forward and one we should never let happen again.”‘

Moulson hot on the power play

‘”I don’t think those chances come without the guys that we have on there,” Moulson said. “We seem to work well as a unit, kind of in sync and supporting each other and creating opportunities. I’ve just been the beneficiary of a couple nice plays.”‘

Sabres already need to make up ground in standings

‘“We need to pick up some wins,” Sabres winger Marcus Foligno said Wednesday following practice inside KeyBank Center. “You don’t want teams to get into the 20-point mark while you’re still looking for the 10th point. You don’t want that much separation to happen, especially in the first weeks.”’

Sabres goalie Robin Lehner still out with flu

‘While Bylsma didn’t rule Lehner out of Thursday’s home tilt against the Minnesota Wild, it appears unlikely he will play.’

Thursday’s Minnesota Coverage

Gameday preview: Wild at Buffalo (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Wild, Sabres on different ends of spectrum heading into clash (AP)
Preview: Wild at Sabres (NHL.com)
Wild Finishes Four-Game Sojourn Thursday in Buffalo (Wild.com)

Sabres need to learn from Tuesday’s loss

‘”We’re not happy with our last game by any means. It’s not acceptable,” Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges said. “We can’t hit the panic button right now and start freaking out. We just have to correct the things we can correct, make sure we’re focused on the job we need to do, and when it comes time to play we have to play for 60 minutes. I hate to say that because it’s a cliché, but the proof is in the pudding last night.”‘

The 3-2-1

‘Last year it was mildly frustrating to watch the Sabres get dominated in overtime. This year it’s flat out inexcusable. The NHL’s 3-2-1 point system makes it so the 5 minute overtime and shootout are worth just as much as the 60 minutes that come before it. With that in mind, I want my team to be the best at it. At this point I’d be happy if it appeared the Sabres were interested in scoring during an overtime.’

Sabres hope to learn from late loss in Philly

‘”Oh yeah,” Okposo said following practice at KeyBank Center on Wednesday. “I remember blowing a lot of two, three-goal leads on the Island three, four years ago. It’s not fun to do that. At the same time, once you kind of figure out everything you need to do to keep those leads it just becomes of habit and you kind of do it automatically. I think we’re gonna learn from this and hopefully come out better on the other side.”‘

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks recall three from Elmira (Amerks.com)

Sabres cough up a certain victory in Philly

‘Buffalo allowed three power-play goals during the third period, including two in the final three minutes, to let Philadelphia storm back for a stunning 4-3 shootout victory.’