Sabres rookies proving up to the task of winning games

‘No other NHL team boasts two rookies among its top-three goal scorers. While the placement of Eichel (tied for first) and Reinhart (third) is partly an indictment of Buffalo’s slow-starting veterans, there’s also no doubt the rookies have earned their rankings atop the Sabres’ stat sheet.’

Colaiacovo back from dented trachea

‘“I knew I felt the cross-check, then when I looked at it after, I don’t blame the guy. It’s a tough spot for him to be in. He turns around and catches me right underneath the throat. I don’t think there was any intent. For me it was hard to swallow, pardon my pun, but it was a scary moment and a long night in the hospital. Thankfully, I’m OK.”’

Tuesday’s Detroit Coverage

Red Wings vs. Sabres: Game info, time, TV, etc. (Detroit Free Press)
Sabres-Red Wings Preview (AP)
Red Wings hoping to get, preserve lead vs. Sabres (

Sabres’ Colaiacovo has recovered quickly

‘Viktor Arvidsson was given a five minute major penalty and was thrown out of the game, but not suspended by the NHL. Colaiacovo isn’t holding a grudge, “I don’t think it was intentional, it was an accidental thing. I don’t blame the guy, it’s a tough sport for him to be in, he turns around and catches me under the throat and I don’t think there was any intent and for me it was hard to swallow, pardon my pun and it was a long night in the hospital.”’

Ristolainen showing why the Sabres wanted him badly

‘“It’s all about confidence, this year we’re playing better and getting more chances, so I just try to get pucks to the net and try to get pucks to the forwards and they make plays happen.”’

Eichel, Larkin set for first pro head-to-head matchup

‘They last met on Oct. 25, 2014, when Eichel scored once to help lead Boston University to a 3-2 victory over the University of Michigan. Larkin had two assists in the loss at Agganis Arena in Boston.’

Colaiacovo returns to practice following cross-check to throat

‘“I feel good,” Colaiacovo said. “Obviously it was a scary incident and at the time it was pretty painful but it is what it is. Right now, it’s not really stopping me from doing much.’

Sabres showing improvement on penalty kill

‘“We’ve had a lot of tight games, but if you win the special-teams battle you have a chance to win,” forward Jamie McGinn said. “We’ve proved that.”’

Colaiacovo out of hospital, joining Sabres on flight to Detroit

‘“I don’t think there was intent there to maliciously cross-check,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “They kind of lose the puck, turn and his stick is right at that level and delivers a blow. When you look at it, it’s a pretty stiff cross-check to Carlo’s neck.”’

Sabres’ Johnson has a month to remember with .954 save percentage

‘The Sabres goaltender was a wall in November, closing the month with 28 saves Saturday night during a 4-1 victory over Nashville. In Johnson’s seven appearances this month, he stopped 166 of 174 shots for a .954 save percentage and 1.12 goals-against average.’

Sabres’ Carlo Colaiacovo OK after check to throat

‘On Sunday afternoon, Colaiacovo tweeted: “Thanks for all the support and well wishes, I am doing very well and looking forward to getting back with my teammates.”’

Bounces are finally starting to go the Sabres’ way

‘”It’s confidence booster,” forward Jamie McGinn said. “That’s exactly what we needed. We went through a stretch there where we scored only one goal or two. We needed those breakout games and win by more than one goal.’

Legwand is making noise for Sabres as he returns to his longtime home

‘”He’s a veteran presence on our bench, in our locker room and for our guys,” Bylsma said. “He’s the guy who’s saying it right and most often for our group. He’s factored into the score sheet here recently, gotten on there and played really well.”‘

Quick hits: Sabres 4, Predators 1

‘Buffalo hadn’t scored multiple goals on a power play since April 9, 2011, versus Columbus.’

Sunday’s Nashville Coverage

Predators can’t solve scoring woes vs. Sabres (Nashville Tennessean)
Predators’ Juuse Saros plays well in NHL debut (Nashville Tennessean)
Photo gallery (Nashville Tennessean)
Saros Makes NHL Debut, Preds Fall to Sabres (
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