Lehner says Sabres need to do their job

‘“The frustrating part is there’s so many positive things in our games, but then we kind of shoot ourselves in the foot,” Lehner said. “We have a couple good games, then we get away from it. Taking a step forward and two steps back, we’ve got to find an answer.”’

Sabres Notebook: Ennis with O’Reilly; back-to-backs

‘“Being alongside them, using his speed and his playmaking ability could be a nice fit,” Bylsma said in KeyBank Center. “Jack is one of the leaders in the league at having the puck on his stick. Tyler is also a guy who likes to have the puck on his stick. If that was the case, then they’d have to have their sticks really close together.’

Sabres know they must develop consistency

‘“I’ve just got to be a confident player,” said Ennis, who has one goal this season and has missed 30 games. “I think I’m at my best when I have the puck and I’m making plays and I’m confident in myself. I might have to do certain things, but I can make a mistake or two when I’m doing that but I’m also making more good plays and being creative and being confident.”‘

Monday’s Dallas Coverage

Stars-Sabres: Time for Stars’ superstars to step up? (Dallas Morning News)
Dallas Stars try to shrug off tough loss, win on road in noon game Monday (Fort Worth Star Telegram)
Sputtering Sabres look to rebound vs. Stars (AP)
Preview: Stars at Sabres (NHL.com)
Stars-Sabres Preview (DallasStars.com)

Sabres’ Lehner feeling much better

‘Lehner was weaken by his illness, but said he’s back to normal now, “I feel good, there was a flu going around and I didn’t want to bring it into the room, so I stayed home. I’m back, it’s all good, you have a couple of good days off there, you get your fluids back.”’

Ennis not ruled out to play on Monday

‘”He needs players to give and go with and he needs players to create room and space for him when he has the puck,” the Sabres coach said in reference to Eichel. “Tyler could be a give-and-go guy with Jack, [but] he’s also a guy who likes to have the puck on his stick a lot.”‘

Sabres’ full-game effort still absent too often

‘Clearly, they’ve talked about it a lot. It’s not showing signs of changing.’

Sabres send Justin Bailey, Linus Ullmark to Amerks

‘Bailey’s assignment means winger Tyler Ennis, out since undergoing groin surgery Nov. 10, could return Monday against Dallas. Ennis began practicing with the Sabres again in late December.’

Sunday’s Rochester Coverage

Bailey, Ullmark boost Amerks in return from Buffalo Sabres (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Dupuy scores winner as Americans edge Marlies (CP)
Amerks hold off Marlies for 3-2 win in Toronto (Amerks.com)
Amerks bring back Jordan Henry on a professional tryout (Amerks.com)
Marlies Fall to Amerks (Marlies.ca)

Sabres far from fine in Carolina wipeout

‘”They get a goal and you just see us drop. We got affected by it,” said center Ryan O’Reilly. “They come right back down and they score again. From there it was trying to climb back. We couldn’t do it. We didn’t have the collective everyone-together kind of thing. When things aren’t going the right way, we tend to get a little selfish and you can see it breaks us down.”‘

Sabres Notebook: Numbers games from the first half

‘”We just need to learn to get consistency in our game, in how we play and our emotions,” Bylsma said. “We’ve ridden some highs of winning games and the lows of disappointment not winning key games. We feel that (potential for a second-half push). We feel that coming from the last 17 games or so. That’s what we have to keep focusing on: Getting consistency in our game. Keep driving. Keep racking up points, getting wins and doing it at a playoff-type pace.”‘

Quick Hits: Hurricanes 5, Sabres 2

‘The loss was the Sabres’ second in two nights on their brief road trip and left them 0-2-1 against the Hurricanes this season. Carolina improved to 13-1-1 in its last 15 home games and is 14-4-1 here for the season.’

Saturday’s Carolina Coverage

Skinner, McGinn give Canes 5-2 win over Sabres (Raleigh News and Observer)
Photo gallery (Raleigh News and Observer)
Recap: Skinner, McGinn Lead Canes Past Sabres, 5-2 (CarolinaHurricanes.com)
Photo gallery (NHL.com)

Skinner keeps Canes rolling at home with win over Sabres

‘”We’re playing a quick team and a fast team,” Buffalo coach Dan Bylsma said. “Especially in the second period, playing with the puck and managing the puck is such a huge factor. They use it to their advantage and showed their speed, showed their puck movement.”‘

Skinner scores 2 as ‘Canes defeat Sabres

‘”Got taught a bit of a lesson in the second period with the long change and not being able to get off the ice,” Bylsma said. “In both cases, their best player ends up with the puck on his stick.”‘