Sabres send Mark Pysyk to Amerks

‘Underachieving veterans have been playing instead of Pysyk most of this season. He practiced Friday in Buffalo before skating for the Americans hours later.’

Saturday’s Florida Coverage

Preview: Panthers vs. Sabres, 3 p.m., Saturday (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Sabres-Panthers Preview (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (19-38-5) at Florida Panthers (26-22-13) (The Sports Network)
Jagr expected to debut with Panthers against Sabres (NHL.com)
GameDay Growl Feb. 28 vs. Buffalo Sabres (FloridaPanthers.com)

Ennis’ status unclear for Saturday

‘Prior to departing for Saturday afternoon’s game against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center, the team practiced at First Niagara Center on Friday. Forward Tyler Ennis was absent after missing Thursday’s game with a lower-body injury, but defenseman Tyson Strachan was back skating with the team.’

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Pysyk takes another return to Rochester in stride (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
McKegg, Froese each score twice as Marlies beat Americans for third straight win (CP)
Amerks close out February with 4-3 OT loss to Marlies (Amerks.com)
Amerks sign forward Justin Mercier to PTO (Amerks.com)
Marlies Comeback to Defeat Americans 4-3 in OT (Marlies.ca)

Pysyk makes presence felt as Sabres top Canucks

‘Pysyk is one of Buffalo’s top prospects, a 2010 first-round draft pick with top-4 potential on the back end. Even though he played 63 NHL games the previous two seasons – and had also played 88 in the AHL – Sabres General Manager Tim Murray wanted to see his game develop in all situations. And it was deemed the best way to do that was in the minors.’

Clendening talks hockey with a Boston accent

‘He expected more than a dozen family and friends to be in attendance to see him play against the Sabres. His parents still live in Wheatfield. His aunt and uncle were flying in from Florida. His cousin was traveling from Baltimore. His youth hockey buddies were assembling for a night to remember.’

Mitchell and Stewart seize the spotlight

‘It might have been his last game in Buffalo as a member of the Sabres. Mitchell is one of five unrestricted free agents who are the focal point of deal discussions as Monday’s NHL trade deadline looms.’

Big third period pushes Sabres past Canucks

‘If Thursday’s 6-3 win against the Vancouver Canucks was the final game for a few players, they gave the Sabres one heck of a goodbye before a capacity crowd of 19,070 fans inside the First Niagara Center.’

Buffalo homecoming special for Canucks’ Adam Clendening

‘Thursday was special for Clendening, the 36th pick in 2011. About 15 family members and friends watched his 17th NHL game, including his father, Frank, and mother, Ann.’

Friday’s Vancouver Coverage

Canucks fall on their own sword to end road trip (Vancouver Province)
We’ve seen this routine from the Canucks before (Vancouver Province)
Biega making people forget about Bieksa (Vancouver Province)
Sabres unload on uninspired Canucks, 6-3 (Vancouver Sun)
Photo gallery (Vancouver Sun)
Canucks stunned by league-worst Sabres (24 Hours Vancouver)
Photo gallery (Canucks.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Sabres stun Canucks 6-3 on Mitchell’s 2 goals

‘”We came at them in waves,” Stewart said. “It was probably one of the few games this year that we’ve had four lines rolling top to bottom.”‘

Sabres forward Girgensons to miss at least 2 weeks

‘Girgensons was hurt after being struck in the lower right leg by a shot in a 4-2 win at Columbus on Tuesday. As for Ennis, who sustained a lower body injury against Columbus, Nolan would only say that he would not play against Vancouver.’

Buffalo 6, Vancouver 3

‘Andrej Meszaros, Chris Stewart and Brian Flynn also lit the lamp with Matt Moulson adding a pair of helpers for the Sabres, who have won two in a row ahead of a five-game road trip.’

Sabres’ Girgensons sidelined with ankle injury

‘”We will see him before the end of the season,” Nolan said before Thursday’s game against Vancouver. “It’s bad, but not as bad as we thought.”‘

Short-handed Sabres skate past Canucks

‘”It takes a little while to restructure and rebuild and get the players buying what you’re trying to sell and compete and work, and now they’re doing it,” Nolan said. “Don’t feel sorry for yourself when they score a goal and you’re down. You keep going.”‘