February turnaround has Sabres knocking on playoff door

‘For the first four months of this season, the Sabres were like watching a one-legged man in a butt kicking contest.

Sabres assign Bailey, Baptiste, Rodrigues to AHL

‘Bailey, 21, has two goals and an assist in 19 games for the Sabres this season. He also has 29 points (19 goals, 10 assists) in 39 games with Rochester.’

The Sabres get to sit and watch teams pick up points on them

‘When you look at the schedule this week, it really could be a lot worse for Buffalo than it is. There are only three games where two teams that you don’t want to get points are playing each other. Those games are Ottawa at Carolina, Ottawa at New Jersey and the Islanders at Detroit.’

Sabres assign Bailey, Baptiste, Rodrigues to Amerks

‘The Amerks host the Utica Comets on Wednesday at KeyBank Center at 7:05 p.m.’

Clunker aside, Sabres happy with how month has gone

‘It typically takes 95 points to secure a playoff spot, which means the Sabres (26-24-10) will have to put up a .750 points percentage the rest of the way.’

Mike Harrington: Lots of ‘Showtime’ as Hawks dominate

‘This was an old-fashioned butt kicking.’

Sabres Notebook: Fishing for points; Fedun clears waivers

‘Buffalo is in the middle of a packed Eastern Conference, but it has played the most games (60). The other teams will catch up this week, giving the Sabres a more accurate gauge of where they really stand.’

Quick hits: Blackhawks 5, Sabres 1

‘Buffalo announced its second straight sellout with 19,070 tickets sold. Probably one-third of the crowd was wearing Chicago jerseys.’

Sabres fall to Blackhawks, still begin bye feeling good

‘The Blackhawks, perhaps the NHL’s model franchise, hammered the Sabres for the 11th straight time (0-9-2). They haven’t beaten the Blackhawks since a home victory Dec. 11, 2009.’

Matt Moulson moving around Sabres lineup

‘The problem for Moulson has been getting out there. The three-time 30-goal scorer had averaged just 11 minutes, 40 seconds an outing and skated under 10 minutes in 16 of the last 22 games entering Sunday.’

Sabres throttled by Hawks 5-1

‘In the second period, Chicago rebounded from the late Buffalo goal, adding two of their own.’

Monday’s Chicago Coverage

Win over Sabres shows Blackhawks may not need major move at trade deadline (Chicago Tribune)
Blackhawks worse off when they get a lot of rest vs. no rest (Chicago Tribune)
Sunday’s recap: Blackhawks 5, Sabres 1 (Chicago Tribune)
Photo gallery (Chicago Tribune)
Blackhawks dominant top to bottom in rout of Sabres (Chicago Sun Times)
Hossa comfortable with third-line role as Hawks seek balance (Chicago Sun Times)
Blackhawks cruise past Sabres, 5-1 (Arlington Heights Daily Herald)
Photo gallery (NHL.com)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Kane leads Blackhawks to 5-1 win in Buffalo homecoming

‘”We did too much sitting back, playing in our own zone,” Eichel said. “We didn’t play aggressive enough. We gave them too much room and the puck ended in our net.”‘

Kane sets scoring mark as Blackhawks top Sabres

‘”We’ll forget about this one. It’s unfortunate,” Lehner said. “You know what, we’ve been playing good hockey, and we can’t get away from ourselves here for one game. After the break, it starts again. We’ve got to string games together, and I think we’re going to do that, I think we have the ability to do that and get back in the race.”‘

Sabres demote D Fedun to AHL affiliate

‘In 20 AHL games this season, Fedun had 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) and 17 penalty minutes.’