Inside the Sabres: Poor drafts sunk the depth

‘The Sabres rarely lucked out with later picks, further hurting the cause. Not one of the 13 players selected in rounds three through seven in 2008 or 2010 made it to the NHL. Those are the guys who should be helping out in Buffalo.’

A trip to the World Juniors would show Nylander how much he has grown

‘“Alex is a very skilled player which we knew that coming in,” said Rochester coach Dan Lambert, who coached Nylander during various Sabres camps during the summer. “He is a player that needs to continually work on developing his complete. His willingness to skate in straight lines and attacking north I think is something we’re working on continually and he’s gotten better at it and we’ve got to keep growing.’

Sunday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks lose to Lehigh Valley second straight time (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
An abundance of goals and teddy bears in Phantoms win (Allentown Morning Call)
Phantoms Earn Weekend Sweep Over Amerks (Amerks.com)
Phantoms Double Up Rochester 4-2 on Teddy Bear Toss Night (PhantomsHockey.com)

Sabres’ short-handed unit is a killer for Buffalo

‘Buffalo went just 1 for 3 on the penalty kill against Washington, a key factor in the 4-1 loss in KeyBank Center. The Sabres have allowed at least one power-play goal in nine of the past 12 games, killing 18 of 32 for a measly 56.3 percent.’

Mike Harrington: It’s a shame Guhle can’t stay

‘”I had a great time and it’s been a lot of fun,” Guhle said. “Being able to play at that level is good to know for next year. I’m looking forward to my next game, whenever that may be. … I’m still 19 and still young. It’s not often defensemen my age even get an opportunity to play in the NHL, especially as a second-rounder. I’ve had a lot of fun. It’s been a great experience.”‘

Sabres Notebook: Capitals own the big moment

‘The lead was down to 2-1 with about eight minutes to play. But the Caps learned their lesson, turned up the forecheck, drew their own power play and regained their two-goal lead when John Carlson scored his first goal of the season.’

Quick hits: Capitals 4, Sabres 1

‘The Capitals skated out of KeyBank Center with a 4-1 victory, the third time Washington has beaten Buffalo in two weeks. The Capitals won the previous games 3-1 and 3-2 in overtime. It is the Caps’ first season sweep of the Sabres since 2012-13.’

Special teams doom Sabres in loss to Capitals

‘The Sabres’ league-worst offense has scored one goal or been shutout nine times at home, where they’re 5-6-3 this season.’

Brendan Guhle’s short stint leaves positive impression on Sabres

‘The collective bargaining agreement dictates Guhle can’t play when the Sabres have enough healthy defensemen. So for this year, yes, Guhle is probably gone. They can’t keep him, even if they’re willing to burn the first season of his entry-level contract.’

Saturday’s Washington Coverage

Jakub Vrana nets his first as Capitals get one for the road in Buffalo (Washington Post)
Jakub Vrana’s First Goal Proves To Be The Game-Winner For Caps (CSN Mid Atlantic)
Two-Goal Second Period Fuels Caps To The Win In Buffalo (CSN Mid Atlantic)
Caps Overpower Sabres, 4-1 (WashingtonCaps.com)
Photo gallery (NHL.com)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Oshie, Johansson, Grubauer lift Caps over Sabres 4-1

”’I don’t think we did enough to win the game,” Okposo said. ”We just didn’t have that extra jam.”’

Grubauer propels Capitals past Sabres

‘”We need a better effort finishing right now,” Sabres forward Marcus Foligno said. “It seems like we were kind of winging (it) right now on the power play. You can’t have that attitude. You’ve got to play five-on-five. Two power-play goals against hurts you.”‘

Sabres fall to Washington 4-1

‘Buffalo may have had more shots on goal last period, but they definitely did not have the majority of the scoring chances. They are getting out worked and out-hustled by a Washington team that has been around the block a few times. The lack of any trpe of offense on their last power play was just the tip of the iceberg of how poorly they have shown with the puck tonight.’

From the Locker Room: Sabres-Capitals

‘”Obviously it hurts giving up a couple PK goals, but I just think we didn’t do enough to win the game. We had a couple good shifts, some good spurts but we just didn’t have that extra jam I thought in the third period. Last few games we’ve had that push and we didn’t come with it enough tonight.’

5 Observations: Capitals top Sabres 4-1

‘The Sabres power play has gone 4/17 in their last five games (23.5%) while their penalty kill has allowed goals on seven of their last 14 penalties (50%).’