Thursday’s Phoenix Coverage

Coyotes-Sabres Preview (AP)
Arizona Coyotes (22-44-8) at Buffalo Sabres (20-46-7) (The Sports Network)
Sabres could get Bogosian, Kaleta back vs. Coyotes (NHL.com)

Last-place-rooting Sabres fans have message to team: ‘Lose!’

‘The compound name “McEichel” has become a popular hashtag reference among Sabres fans on Twitter. Some have written letters to the editor imploring the Sabres to lose. And several hosts on the team’s flagship radio station are on board by providing daily updates on the bottom end of the standings.’

It’s business as usual for the Sabres

‘“The guys in this room are proud guys, we’ve battled hard and we’re not content with where we are, no one’s happy with it, but each day you have to try to bring something better and improve.”’

Sabres Nolan hope three hurt players can play

‘Bogosian needs medical clearance to be able to play against the Coyotes, “We’ll see tomorrow, I’ll have to talk to the medical staff, but I’m optimistic.”’

Kaleta, Bogosian hope to return against Coyotes

‘Bogosian, who has consistently been Buffalo’s ice-time leader since he joined the team last month, has missed the past six games with a lower-body injury. He was a full participant at practice on Wednesday at First Niagara Center and hopes to be back for the 7 p.m. faceoff against Arizona.’

Regier will watch new team play old team

‘One thing Regier will certainly see is a house divided. Many Buffalo fans cheered for visiting New Jersey during the previous home game, successfully hoping the Sabres would stay three back of Arizona last week. With the stakes higher in a head-to-head matchup, the Coyotes could be treated like the home team unless diehards who don’t care about the draft drown out the other fans.’

Patrick Kaleta knows long Sabres career could end soon

‘“You never know what anything’s going to bring,” Kaleta said about his uncertain future Tuesday after skating with some teammates inside the First Niagara Center. “But my job is to come in here and enjoy the time, the rest of the season, try to come in with energy, enthusiasm, try to play my game.”‘

Ted Nolan expects crowd to be respectful Thursday

‘“I don’t think you have to say anything to this city,” Nolan said Tuesday. “This city knows what it’s like to work. It’s a city full of workers. I don’t know anybody in this town who would go to work and not give their best, and that’s what we’re trying to do as a hockey team. So I’m quite sure the fans will get behind that.”’

Sabres regroup, look ahead to Thursday

‘“You have enough just to get where we get to and not enough to get on the other side. That’s part of the process you have to go through when you’re in a situation that we are,” Nolan said. “We’re right there. If we had a [Tyler] Seguin on our side, maybe the game is switched.’

Sabres make just enough mistakes to lose

‘The teams are even in games played at 73, with Arizona giving Buffalo a game in hand again when it plays Tuesday night at Detroit. The Coyotes – who are 1-17-1 in their last 19 games – have 50 points while Buffalo has 47.’

Enroth looks back fondly on Buffalo days

‘“I loved playing in Buffalo. I loved being a Sabre,” Enroth said. “When I got traded, there was a lot of new stuff around me. It was a little bit tough but that’s how it is. I’m still trying to deal with it.”’

Tuesday’s Dallas Coverage

Stars trade goals with Sabres, come out on top 4-3 (Dallas Morning News)
How Stars kept very slim playoff hopes alive against lowly Sabres (Dallas Morning News)
He said it: Players and coaches comment after Stars’ 4-3 win over Buffalo Monday (Dallas Morning News)
Photo gallery (Dallas Morning News)
Even beating Sabres, Stars can’t buy break (Fox Sports Southwest)
Desperate Stars Rally to Defeat Sabres, 4-3 (DallasStars.com)
Photo gallery (DallasStars.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Since their trade from the Sabres, new Jets Drew Stafford and Tyler Myers fitting right in in Winnipeg

‘“It was obviously a tough situation in Buffalo, but I feel I carried my game over from the way I was playing over there,” Myers said. “It was tough, we were playing a lot of D-zone minutes in Buffalo, so it was tough for every guy in that room to get the most out of what they can do. But ever since I came here, it’s been a lot of fun for me. I know Drew feels the same way, talking to him. I’m just really fortunate to come to a team that plays this way.”’

Stars rally for 4-3 win over Sabres

‘The Sabres, last in the NHL with 47 points, are 1-8-2 in their past 11 games.’

Dallas 4, Buffalo 3

‘Brian Gionta had two goals and Matt Moulson added a goal and an assist for the Sabres, who have dropped their last three games. Anders Lindback stopped 35 shots in the loss.’