Tyler Ennis sparks Sabres to win against Stars

‘”I told myself if I came out here and shot the puck a lot I think I’d get one,” Eichel said. “I think in the past few games I was just trying to [be] too cute and [get] opportunities that I can fire it and you’re not going to score unless you shoot it. I get rewarded with an empty-netter, which is kind of nice, and a tap in on a great play from [Reinhart].”‘

Tyler Ennis nearly pulls off lacrosse move for Sabres

‘”I wish that went in. I had some room. Pretty frustrated, but maybe one day one of those will go in,” Ennis said. “I practice it all the time and it works. Sometimes in practices and warm-ups I’m always kind of flicking pucks around with my stick and having fun with it. I tried it another time against Florida and Luongo stopped it so, third time’s the charm, hopefully.”‘

Eichel, Ennis power Sabres to win over Stars

‘”Obviously I think he’s taken that next step just with his confidence playing with the puck,” Eichel said. “He’s been a lot more physical I think, not as much without the puck but with it, just making it harder on the opposing team to take it away from him. He makes a great play on that goal and he’s able to just push it over to me for an empty net.”‘

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.’