Sabres focused on future, not fan support

‘“I don’t think you can let anything outside the dressing room and off the ice affect how you approach the game,” Sabres winger Matt Moulson said. “We are professionals. A lot of people have things to play for. There’s a lot of different reasons to bring it every night.”’

Sabres’ Tyler Ennis enjoying special season

‘“I think he’s been having a sensational year,” Nolan said. “In particular, the last 10 games or so, his play has gone up another level. Somebody asked me, ‘What’s the ceiling on this kid?’ I’m not too sure what it is, but it’s going to be magnificent to watch.’

When Hockey Heaven became hockey hypocrisy

‘But it just feels so… unethical. Listening to the game on WGR Radio while working in the office Thursday night, you could hear a similar tone of disappointment in the journalists who cover the Sabres regularly. These are the same folks who have been sometimes harshly critical of this franchise in their own right.’

Saturday’s Colorado Coverage

Sabres-Avalanche Preview (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (20-46-8) at Colorado Avalanche (34-28-12) (The Sports Network)
Avalanche host Sabres, who won’t have Ennis (NHL.com)

Sabres fans have really taken to tanking

‘On top of all that, they live in Buffalo.’

Sabres recall F Schaller

‘The 6-foot-2, 206-pound Schaller, 24, joins the Sabres for his fifth recall of the 2014-15 season after making his NHL debut on Nov. 29. He has one goal and one assist in 14 NHL games.’

Sabres’ Ennis won’t miss too many games

‘The question is will Johnson be able to get some games by the end of the year? He said, “I hope so, there’s still two weeks left and I’ve progressed really well, so I think it’ll be close, I’m hoping to get back for the last week and get a couple of games in.”’

Sabres fans cheer Coyotes – A view from the stands

‘Arizona struck first. Someone named Jordan Szwarz scored his first goal of the season. A man in a Keith Tkachuk jersey revealed himself in the first row of section 320, standing and clapping. Everyone else stayed in their seats. Some clapping. Some fist pumping. Around the arena, there was a rise in the crowd, but it wasn’t anything compared to when the Toronto Maple Leafs come to town. If you were against cheering for the other team, you weren’t upset by the reaction.’

Sabres likely to be without Ennis against Colorado

‘“It’s a big loss. He’s a big key to our offense, to our power play,” captain Brian Gionta, who filled in on the top line, said. “Since he moved back to the point, we’ve been doing well on the power play, too. So hopefully it comes around quick and we’ll see what happens.”’

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Evan Rankin lifts Amerks over Bulldogs (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Bulldogs comeback bid falls short in 3-2 OT loss to Rochester (Hamilton Spectator)
Rankin, Peters send Amerks past bulldogs in overtime (Amerks.com)
Amerks drop ‘Dogs 3-2 in OT (HamiltonBulldogs.com.com)

Sabres bow to Coyotes, pleasing the pro-tank partisans

‘“It’s tough to get momentum when your fans are rooting against you,” Weber said. “That’s the unfortunate part. I’ve never seen that before. I’ve always spoken extremely high of our fans. I don’t even know if disappointed is the word. They scored that first one, our fans are cheering. Delayed penalty, they cheer. They cheer when they score to win the game. I don’t know. I don’t even know what to say.”’

Coyotes say little on cheers from Sabres crowd

‘“It’s weird,” said defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who scored his team-best 21st goal in the second period. “Obviously we just tried to stay focused on what we had to do tonight and I thought we did a good job of that.”’

Rooting for defeat brings a house divided

‘The subject has been beaten to a pulp by your friends and family members, your coworkers and neighbors, parents and children, and the media. There has been no middle ground, no negotiation and no relief. To think so much energy has been spent on a team that will finish the season with no playoffs.’

NHL banking on game-night lottery

‘The NHL and its television partners believe the lottery will receive more attention if it shares the spotlight rather than commands it on its own, so the event is likely moving to the first Saturday of the postseason. The potential move, first reported by Sportsnet.ca, would create an April 18 date for the lottery. It had previously been held between the end of the regular season and the start of the playoffs.’

Sabres boost hopes of ‘tankers’

‘“I love the Sabres,” said Taberski, 32, of Williamsville, “but how are you going to pass up on a generational player?”’