Saturday’s Carolina Coverage

Skinner, McGinn give Canes 5-2 win over Sabres (Raleigh News and Observer)
Photo gallery (Raleigh News and Observer)
Recap: Skinner, McGinn Lead Canes Past Sabres, 5-2 (CarolinaHurricanes.com)
Photo gallery (NHL.com)

Skinner keeps Canes rolling at home with win over Sabres

‘”We’re playing a quick team and a fast team,” Buffalo coach Dan Bylsma said. “Especially in the second period, playing with the puck and managing the puck is such a huge factor. They use it to their advantage and showed their speed, showed their puck movement.”‘

Skinner scores 2 as ‘Canes defeat Sabres

‘”Got taught a bit of a lesson in the second period with the long change and not being able to get off the ice,” Bylsma said. “In both cases, their best player ends up with the puck on his stick.”‘

Sabres Fall to Canes 5-2

‘Buffalo got back to within a goal on Brian Gionta’s shorthanded effort.’

From The Locker Room: Sabres-Hurricanes

‘”It’s all details in our game. Little things add up to a lot and our details have been terrible.”‘

5 Observations: Hurricanes blow by Sabres 5-2

‘Stretches like this cannot happen. In just five minutes the Hurricanes completely took over the game and just like that the Sabres were playing catch up. It’s amazing how a few bad minutes can cost you a game — and that’s what happened on Friday.’

Hurricanes sweep season series with Sabres

‘”I thought I saved it but it went off my glove and ended it up in the net,” Nilsson said. “After that, they came pretty hard and pretty fast, and they got some momentum from the first goal and scored a few more pretty fast after that. So that’s too bad. That kind of changed the game a little bit.”‘

Sabres unable to keep Canes’ speed at bay in 5-2 loss

‘”Same stuff,” Gionta said. “Same stuff that’s been happening. Turnovers, not playing with enough urgency. It’s the same thing, it’s a broken record.”‘

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks lose second straight game (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Pens down Rochester, stay perfect in 2017 (Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice)
Unlucky bounce sends Penguins past Amerks (Amerks.com)
Penguins win sixth-straight in 3-2 defeat of Americans (WBSPenguins.com)

Friday’s Carolina Coverage

Hurricanes kick off second half vs. Sabres (AP)
Preview: Sabres at Hurricanes (NHL.com)
Gameday: Sabres vs. Hurricanes (CarolinaHurricanes.com)

Opportunity lost against Lightning

‘”We start to play desperate in the third, which we really need to play from the start,” Moulson said. “Every point is big and we have to play that way all game. We have to realize they’re big points and play with that desperation.”‘

Sabres Notebook: Bolts endure similar injury bug

‘”When you lose players of that caliber, obviously it’s mentally tough,” coach Jon Cooper said before the game in Amalie Arena. “The big problem is guys who are still in are now playing with different linemates. Guys are continually in and out. We’ve gone through this the last few months. Get a lineup in, it’s two guys back in and two out the next game. One in, one out.’

Quick Hits: Lightning 4, Sabres 2

‘The Sabres fell to 3-11-1 in their last 15 games against Tampa Bay since the start of the 2013-14 season.’

Inside the Sabres: Midterm analysis, ‘Animal House’ style

‘Ristolainen is also the most competitive player on the Sabres. Just ask any of the teammates who’ve absorbed a crushing hit from him during practice and watched him skate away with a pleased grin.’

Friday’s Tampa Bay Coverage

Lightning ends losing streak at four (Tampa Bay Times)
With Bishop back, Lightning’s Vasilevskiy ready for a break (Tampa Bay Times)
Bolts End 4-Game Skid With Win Over Sabres In Bishop’s Return (WDAE-AM)
3 Things from a win over Buffalo (TampaBayLightning.com)
Mishkin: Lightning 4, Sabres 2; highlights (TampaBayLightning.com)
Photo gallery (NHL.com)