Sabres came to play early

‘”We don’t want to be last,” said Lindback. “All these guys are here for a reason. They’re all good hockey players and winners. They want to win, that’s why you make it to this league.”‘

Meszaros scores twice again, Sabres top Coyotes

‘”I’m not sure how to explain it. Just shooting the puck I guess,” said Meszaros, who scored twice in the third period of a 5-3 loss against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. “Things are going in. Sometimes you try too hard and nothing happens, but if you just shoot it works out.’

Sabres down Arizona thanks to another pair from Meszaros

‘It’s just that it’s been the defensemen who have been putting the puck in. Seven of the past nine goals scored by the Sabres have come from Ristolainen and Meszaros. Gionta is responsible for those other two goals.’

Makarov recalled from Rochester

‘Makarov (4/20/93, 6’1″, 186 lbs) joins the Sabres for his fourth career NHL recall after being signed by Buffalo as an undrafted free agent in 2012. With the Amerks this season, Makarov has played in 37 games, recording a 15-17-3 record with a .902 save percentage and 2.98 goals-against average. After joining the Amerks in March 2014, he helped the team close out its regular season by posting a 7-3-0 record, while registering a .927 save percentage and a 2.20 goals-against average.’

Dreams of McDavid occupy Sabres’ Murray

‘It’s no secret the Sabres’ general manager covets the NHL’s next great prospect. Murray regularly makes the 90-minute drive from Buffalo to Erie, Pa., to watch McDavid play. Murray attended the Otters’ playoff opener Thursday rather than watch the Sabres lose to Arizona in the opening showdown of No. 30 versus No. 29.’

Offense had big night, even without Ennis

‘“We had a video session to talk about some of the things we did,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said Sunday. “That was one of the lowest chances” against “games we’ve played all season long and one of the first times we outshot a team by that large of a margin. Outside of that first little bit where we made a couple costly mistakes, I thought it was a pretty good effort.”’

Lots has gone wrong for Sabres in awful season

‘Yes, the Sabres are bad. But with a little luck and some different personnel choices, they wouldn’t be in this spot.’

Monday’s Phoenix Coverage

Game Day: Sabres at Coyotes (Arizona Republic)
Sabres-Coyotes Preview (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (20-47-8) at Arizona Coyotes (23-45-8) (The Sports Network)
Sabres aim to end skid against Coyotes (NHL.com)

Sabres’ Ennis is improving

‘Ennis sustained a shoulder injury and did not shoot while he was out there. I was thinking that would pretty much eliminate playing Monday. Ennis said, “I’ll see what tomorrow brings, but I wanted to get out there and feel the ice, skate around and work on some skills.”’

Is Rasmus Ristolainen untouchable?

‘Outside of his drive and willingness to learn and buy into what it takes to be an NHL player, Ristolainen’s raw tools are on par with many of the NHL’s elite defensemen. The most used comparison of what he could be is Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman, who has become one of the top all-around D-men in the league.’

Sabres look to build on Saturday’s 3rd period

‘“We had a video session here today to talk about some of the things we did last night. I think that was one of the most chances per games that we played almost all season long,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said.’

Monday’s Rochester Coverage

Tired Amerks have two-game win streak snapped (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Connor Brown has a goal and three assists as Marlies edge Americans 4-3 (CP)
Amerks’ rally falls short in 4-3 loss to Toronto (Amerks.com)
Marlies Edge Out Americans 4-3 (Marlies.ca)

Avs’ fast start does in Sabres

‘The Sabres outshot Colorado, 38-22, but the good bounces and quality chances belonged to the Avs early. Buffalo outshot an opponent for just the seventh time in its 75 games.’

Grigorenko thinks he’s making progress

‘“I think he’s learning,” Roy said. “Some players develop faster than others. I’m sure the expectations are very high for him in Buffalo, but Grigo has a lot of skills, has a lot of hockey sense.”’

Tippett, Nolan living on teachable moments

‘Even short losing streaks can turn the jolliest of coaches into snarling souls. Imagine, then, what Tippett and Buffalo’s Ted Nolan are going through with the two worst teams in the NHL. “It’s just miserable,” Tippett said. “Miserable. You never want to be in this situation.”’