At the quarter mark: Grading every Sabre

‘It is a difficult task for any rookie to make the transition from the NCAA to the NHL in a single leap, much less come into The Show and play nearly 20 minutes per game. Eichel has been one of the Sabres’ poorest possession players with a 48.3% Corsi Percentage, but has the second most goals on the team with six and leads the team with shots on goal with 64. He has shown every bit of speed, explosiveness and flash that we expected and seems to have fit in very well with the team and city.’

Niemi, Stars shut out Sabres; Benn scores two goals

‘”We didn’t do a good job (of playing with discipline),” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “I think we killed off six minutes of penalties, not good penalties to take, and six minutes of hockey we were spending a lot of energy killing off a good power play from the opposition. The game’s not lost there, but we do spend a lot of energy killing off penalties there and wasting energy.”‘

Sabres fall to Stars in 1st shutout loss of the season

‘“Right from the start of the game, they’re a team that does open it up, plays a long game,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “As we pressed in the third period when we needed to – after we got down two on their power-play goal – the game opened up a little bit more for them.’

Sunday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks can’t find offense in Toronto (Rochester D&C)
Garret Sparks makes 31 saves, Marlies beat Americans 5-1 (CP)
Amerks close out weekend with 5-1 loss to Marlies (
Marlies Defeat Americans 5-1 (

Nursing wounds from power-play failures, Sabres prep for NHL’s best

‘O’Reilly and Zach Bogosian took maintenance days and Bylsma said both will play. Mark Pysyk (lower body) did not skate and is still undergoing evaluation. He will miss his second straight game due to the injury.’

Gorges enjoying bounceback season

‘“I feel good coming off all the different situations last year, taking the summer to come in with a fresh mindset,” Gorges said Friday after the team practiced in this Dallas suburb. “I feel healthy and that’s a good thing. Being around these guys with their energy and excitement has been a lot of fun so far. We’ve got a long ways to go but it’s been fun.”’

Saturday’s Dallas Coverage

Scouting Sabres-Stars (Dallas Morning News)
Stars Gameday (Fort Worth Star Telegram)
Sabres-Stars Preview (AP)
Stars host Sabres looking for fifth straight victory (
Stars-Sabres Preview (

Sabres must improve 5-on-3

‘So the question is, that does this team have to do the score with a two man advantage? They failed three times this week and its cost them chances to win two games. I spoke with each of the five players and I’ll list their responses.’

Sabres prepare for rematch with Dallas

‘“We’re going to play a lot of hockey in the next eight days or so and today was just a focus on scoring goals and the execution of that,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “I hope we enjoyed the execution of it today and that’s really what we were doing at both ends of the rink with forwards and D.”’

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Justin Bailey comes up big for Amerks in overtime (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Sound Tigers’ win streak ends in Rochester (Connecticut Post)
Bailey, Baptiste and Rodrigues contribute to Amerks win (WGR-AM)
Amerks snap skid as Sanguinetti nets OT winner vs. Bridgeport (
Americans 3, Sound Tigers 2 (OT) (

Special teams let Sabres down

‘The Sabres went 0 for 4 on the power play – coming up empty on a pair of two-man advantages – and their struggling penalty-killers gave up two more goals. In the end, Alexander Steen’s tally in the final round of the shootout dropped Buffalo to 0-1-2 in its last three games.’

All-Star format has players buzzing

‘“I actually like the thought that there’s going to be a competition for something of value, whatever that is,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said prior to Thursday’s game in Scottrade Center. “I like pride myself but I was there for last year’s game and … it wasn’t a ton of competition. I like it when there’s competition. East vs. West, whatever. We’re never going back to the Stanley Cup champions vs. the rest of the league but there’s competition there now. I’d hope that’s what this format brings.”’

Quick hits: Blues 3, Sabres 2 (SO)

‘The wild 3-on-3 session saw Buffalo outshoot St. Louis, 4-3, and both teams had ample chances to score. Vladimir Tarasenko’s breakaway might have been the best chance but his shot hit the outside of the goal post. The Sabres outshot St. Louis, 34-29, through 65 minutes.’

Friday’s Saint Louis Coverage

Special win for Blues vs. Sabres (Saint Louis Post Dispatch)
Battered Blues keep finding ways to win (Saint Louis Post Dispatch)
Injured Stastny rejoins Blues in practice (Saint Louis Post Dispatch)
Photo gallery (Saint Louis Post Dispatch)
Game Notes – Blues 3, Sabres 2 (SO) (
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (

Steen scores winner in shootout, Blues beat Sabres 3-2

‘”We were plus-2 on the 5-on-5 tonight,” coach Dan Bylsma said. “I thought the special teams pretty much dictated the whole game right from the beginning with the major penalty that we took. We obviously had the two 5-on-3 situations at the end of the second and in the third period, but 5-on-5 we’re playing a tough team, a hard place to play, a hard place to get points and I thought we battled them pretty good minus the special teams.”‘