Sabres-Predators: From the Locker Room

‘”I think we built a little bit of momentum off those [3rd period penalty] kills, and we were able to get some chances. We had some chances right after that. We were able to get one 6-on-5, but there’s only 20 minutes in the period. A little bit too late.”‘

Eichel’s late goal not enough in Sabres’ loss to Nashville

‘By the time Eichel finally took advantage of a chance to score the Sabres’ second goal, a one-time shot from his knee on a cross-ice pass by Ryan O’Reilly with the goaltender pulled, only 1:19 remained in regulation. The Sabres played with desperation for the final minute but ultimately could not complete the comeback.’

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Varone comes up big as Amerks end losing slide (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
The caring side of rough and tumble Kaleta (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Syracuse Crunch loses to Rochester Amerks in OT after late goal in regulation (Syracuse Post Standard)
Dupuy’s overtime goal gives Amerks 4-3 win over Crunch (
Crunch defeated by Americans, 4-3, in OT (

Sabres striving to snap out of power-play doldrums

‘“I have a tough time thinking about this without thinking about the 5 on 3, and it’s almost still affecting us, not scoring on those 5 on 3s in St. Louis and in Dallas,” Bylsma said Tuesday afternoon as the Sabres prepared to host the Nashville Predators at 7 Wednesday night in First Niagara Center.’

Girgensons eyes return to Sabres’ lineup

‘“I’m just excited to practice with the team,” Girgensons said. “I’ve been a little bit bored the past couple of days with the injury. It’s never fun.”’

Slumping Sabres rookie Jack Eichel ‘not happy’ with own game

‘“I can’t make any excuses on why I’m not performing,” he said. “At the end of the day, it’s all on me. I have to be better.”’

Sabres’ Zemgus Girgensons close to returning

‘“We’ve missed him considerably,” said coach Dan Bylsma, who noted the Sabres have allowed more scoring chances without Girgensons. “It’s a big piece down the middle and a big piece matchup-wise for our team.”’

Wednesday’s Nashville Coverage

Predators-Sabres Preview (AP)
Predators visit Sabres in battle of struggling offenses (
Game Day: Preds vs. Sabres (

Girgensons, Weber return to practice while Kane is day-to-day

‘“It’s a good sign for where he’s at,” the coach said. “We’ll see how he is tomorrow.”’

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Kaleta’s return to Amerks’ lineup on hold until weekend (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

Sabres fall to Blues, extend winless streak to 5

‘It was a particularly frustrating loss for the Sabres, who hit at least three posts, including clanks from Ryan O’Reilly and Johan Larsson within a three-minute span in the first period.’

Poor play of Ennis is puzzling

‘Ennis played his 19th game of the season in Monday’s hard-luck, 2-1 loss to St. Louis. He’s got three goals, 10 points and is a team-worst minus-9. He’s simply not much of a factor a lot of the time.’

Patient Colaiacovo wants to be an everyday guy

‘“For me, the biggest thing is just to stay in the lineup,” Colaiacovo said. “The more I can stay in the lineup, the more consistency I can find. It’s always tough when you’re playing two and sitting two and playing two and sitting two.”’

Quick hits: Blues 2, Sabres 1

‘It was the ninth straight win in the series for the Blues while the Sabres stumbled to 0-3-2 in their last five games.’

Sabres’ Ryan O’Reilly unhappy after loss to Blues: ‘We’re too OK with losing’

‘“We had so many chances there that we got to put them away early when we have them,” O’Reilly said. “It’s not good enough. It’s embarrassing.”’