Auston Matthews-Jack Eichel rivalry more marketable than other well-known battles

‘On the other hand, not only do Matthews’ Leafs and Eichel’s Sabres both belong to the same conference, they are members of the same division — the Atlantic. As such, along with five regular season clashes during each campaign, there always remains the potential of playoff showdowns in the event both teams qualify.’

Leafs-Sabres rivalry cranks up heat

‘“You can hear the excitement across the border,” said Bylsma. “The Leafs have had some success. They’ve won some hockey games. They’ve put themselves at the top of a group of people in the 48-point range. It’s not a surprise to see five, six teams in that area, all fighting for points and position.”’

Jack Eichel’s hunger for greatness could lend itself well to leadership

‘“He’s so hard to knock off the puck. He’s got that deceptive stride. It’s incredible,” said Matthews, who came to be close friends with Eichel when they played together in the USA Hockey development program. “That’s something you’ve got to watch out for. He takes one step and he’s three steps by you.”’

Wednesday’s Toronto Coverage

Rielly injured in Leafs close win over Sabres (Toronto Sun)
Auston Matthews-Jack Eichel rivalry more marketable than other well-known battles (Toronto Sun)
Former Maple Leafs assistant coach Ron Smith had many talents (Toronto Sun)
Maple Leafs hope Morgan Rielly injury isn’t too serious (Toronto Sun)
Leafs beat Sabres but lose Rielly (Toronto Star)
Leafs-Sabres rivalry cranks up heat (Toronto Star)
Morgan Rielly and young Maple Leafs feel positive vibes (Toronto Star)
Leafs beat Sabres, but Rielly leaves game with injury (Toronto Globe and Mail)
Jack Eichel’s hunger for greatness could lend itself well to leadership (Toronto Globe and Mail)
Morgan Rielly leaves Maple Leafs game against Sabres with injury (CP)
Leafs lose D Rielly to injury (The Sports Xchange)
Leafs play through loss of Rielly to beat Sabres (TSN)
What a possible Morgan Rielly injury could mean for Maple Leafs (Sportsnet)
Lehner’s outburst sums up Sabres’ inability to string together wins (Sportsnet)
Maple Leafs’ rebuild outpacing that of rival Sabres (SI)
Five Takeaways – Leafs vs. Sabres – 01/17/17 (
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Tuesday’s Toronto Coverage

Game Day: Sabres at Maple Leafs (Toronto Sun)
Game day: Buffalo Sabres at Toronto Maple Leafs (Toronto Star)
Young stars clash when Sabres visit Maple Leafs (AP)
Preview: Sabres at Maple Leafs (

Tuesday’s Dallas Coverage

Frustration boils over for Jamie Benn in loss to Sabres, and a trio of his hockey sticks pay dearly for it (Dallas Morning News)
Stars end up on wrong side of coach’s challenge that caused big momentum shift vs. Buffalo (Dallas Morning News)
Heading in the wrong direction: Stars’ penalty kill now statistically NHL’s worst (Dallas Morning News)
Cold facts: After loss to Sabres, could Dallas Stars use McKenzie, Cracknell back in lineup? (Dallas Morning News)
Stars road woes continue in Buffalo (
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Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Monday’s Dallas Coverage

Stars-Sabres: Time for Stars’ superstars to step up? (Dallas Morning News)
Dallas Stars try to shrug off tough loss, win on road in noon game Monday (Fort Worth Star Telegram)
Sputtering Sabres look to rebound vs. Stars (AP)
Preview: Stars at Sabres (
Stars-Sabres Preview (

Ennis not ruled out to play on Monday

‘”He needs players to give and go with and he needs players to create room and space for him when he has the puck,” the Sabres coach said in reference to Eichel. “Tyler could be a give-and-go guy with Jack, [but] he’s also a guy who likes to have the puck on his stick a lot.”‘

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 (
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Friday’s Carolina Coverage

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

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 (
Mishkin: Lightning 4, Sabres 2; highlights (
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Thursday’s Tampa Bay Coverage

Sabres, Lightning heading in opposite directions (AP)
Preview: Sabres at Lightning (
Lightning vs. Sabres: Projected lines; injuries (

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks lose 3-1 to Hartford Wolf Pack (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Amerks nipped by Wolf Pack, 3-1 (
Amerks announce goalie moves (
Jensen, Halverson buoy Pack to win in Rochester (

Wednesday’s Philadelphia Coverage

Flyers’ offense sputters in loss to lowly Sabres (Philadelphia Inquirer)
1980 Flyers thrill and spill in unfulfilling decade (Philadelphia Daily News)
Second period sinks Flyers in loss to Sabres (Cherry Hill Courier Post)
Platoon no more, Steve Mason is Flyers’ starter (Cherry Hill Courier Post)
Sloppy second period dooms Flyers in loss to Sabres (CSN Philadelphia)
Wayne Simmonds selected to play in first NHL All-Star Game (CSN Philadelphia)
Instant Replay: Sabres 4, Flyers 1 (CSN Philadelphia)
Postgame 5: Just the second (
Wayne Simmonds selected for 2017 All-Star GameWayne Simmonds selected for 2017 All-Star Game (
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Confident Reinhart ready to roll alongside Eichel

‘Eichel will likely center for Reinhart and left wing Marcus Foligno on Tuesday when Buffalo hosts Philadelphia. The No. 2 picks were a match made in Hockey Heaven last season, but they couldn’t rekindle the magic when Eichel returned from his preseason ankle injury. They combined for no goals and two assists in four games before Bylsma juggled the lines Dec. 13.’