Sabres recall D Burgdoerfer

‘Burgdoerfer, 27, joins the Sabres for the first time after signing as an unrestricted free agent on July 21.’

Sabres Fall to Caps 3-2 in OT

‘Jack Eichel returned to the bench in obvious pain after getting crunched along the boards in the 2nd, but played the rest of the game. He skated for a total of 18:31 and finished with 1 shot on net.’

From The Locker Room: Sabres-Capitals

‘”Thought we did a pretty good job of crashing the net. It would have been nice to get one off somebody or have another one go in. That’s a pretty good hockey team over there. We played a pretty decent game tonight, just gotta come back tomorrow and get 2 points.”‘

Three Sabres prospects named to preliminary World Junior rosters

‘Three Buffalo Sabres prospects have been named to preliminary rosters for the 2017 IIHF Under-20 World Junior Championship in Canada from December 26 to January 5.’

5 Observations:Sabres fall to Capitals 3-2 in OT

‘It looked like Eichel was limping around in his own end and was several steps slower than what we’re accustomed to seeing. What was most apparent was his lack of explosiveness. Eichel is the Sabres most explosive player, maybe more so than anyone they’ve had since the millennium, but in the second half of Monday’s game he was just another guy.’

Marcus Johansson gives Capitals win in OT

‘”They had a stretch in the second,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “We came back with a good stretch in about the last 10 minutes of the second period and again it was a good stretch of 10 minutes there where they were coming at us. They weren’t getting a lot, but they were coming at us with a lot of speed, coming at us through the neutral zone and it wasn’t until after the [tying] goal that we were able to get back going the other way.”‘

Jack Eichel playing through pain with Sabres

‘”Hockey’s a contact sport, so I figure that’s going to happen during the year and I’ve just got to play through it,” Eichel said.’

Sabres lose third-period lead, fall to Caps in OT

‘In the third period, however, the Sabres tested their luck one too many times. A call against Evander Kane for hooking gave the Capitals their third power play with 6:18 remaining in regulation, and it took only five seconds after that for Marcus Johansson to tie the game with a tip-in goal.’

Sabres recall Burgdoerfer

‘Burgdoerfer (6’1″, 207 lbs., 12/11/1988) joins the Sabres for the first time after signing as an unrestricted free agent on July 21, 2016. In 22 games for the Amerks this season, Burgdoerfer has seven assists and 24 penalty minutes. The Abington, Pennsylvania native has posted 35 points (7+28) and 145 penalty minutes in 157 career AHL games.’

As Gorges sits, Kulikov nears return

‘But there’s more. Taylor Fedun also missed practice after he was banged up on a hit in the third period Saturday against Boston. He’s questionable for Monday’s game in Washington. That means another recall is likely coming from Rochester, either the return of Casey Nelson or the NHL debut of free-agent signee Erik Burgdoerfer.’

Sabres notebook: Caps having similar scoring woes

‘Since beating Buffalo, 3-1, on Nov. 25, the Caps have lost three straight — and have scored just three goals in those games. While Buffalo remains last in the league in offense at 2.0 goals per game, the Caps are a surprising 18th at 2.52. They were second last year at 3.02.’

Sabres’ Dmitry Kulikov nearing return as Josh Gorges leaves lineup

‘“It’s actually been bothering me since training camp,” Kulikov said. “It’s been getting worse to the point where it’s been interfering with the day-to-day life. I made a decision to get an injection. Sometimes it works right away; sometimes it takes a couple weeks to work. … It was just frustrating to wait.”’

Monday’s Washington Coverage

Capitals hope to end slide against visiting Sabres (AP)
Preview: Sabres at Capitals (NHL.com)
Caps Hope to Halt Slide vs. Sabres (WashingtonCaps.com)

Sabres lose Gorges, but Kulikov is improving

‘Dmitry Kulikov has been on the ice working with skills coach Dennis Miller for about a week. Sunday was his first time back on the ice with his teammates and he said his back is progressing well, “I’ve had a tough week, it started with skating eight days ago and I’ve been making good progress. I think this is the next step getting in practice with the team and it feels good.”’

With Gorges out ‘weeks,’ Kulikov returns to practice

‘Kulikov will not travel with the team for their game in Washington, D.C. on Monday and is day-to-day, Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. With the Sabres set to host the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night, Bylsma hinted that Kulikov’s return might come after those back-to-back games.’