Sabres continue run of slow starts, lose to Predators

‘Once again, Buffalo never led. During the 0-4-2 run, the Sabres have been in front for a grand total of 8 minutes, 22 seconds.’

Wowie! Housley now Hall of Famer

‘“You have to thank the Buffalo Sabres and Seymour and Norty Knox and Scotty Bowman to take that chance on me out of high school where I was sort of unproven,” Housley said before Wednesday’s game. “I was very focused. It was guys like Gilbert Perreault, having Larry Playfair as my first roommate, Lindy Ruff and Mike Ramsey inviting me to come into their house until I got my own place, Mike Foligno. It’s a great core group of leaders who made me comfortable and part of their team.”’

Lehner’s return timetable slows down

‘“I don’t think I would call it a setback,” coach Dan Bylsma said in First Niagara Center. “He got to a point where he started upping his rehab level and that’s where he had to back off that a little bit. He kind of tried to take the next step, and the next step, he has to wait a little bit longer on that.”’

Quick hits: Predators 3, Sabres 2

‘Ullmark headed to the bench in favor of Chad Johnson after giving up another goal with 6:29 gone in the second. Ullmark, who entered the game with a .925 save percentage, saw it drop to .916 after turning aside just five of eight shots.’

Sabres start fast against Predators, lose sixth straight

‘What do you say to a team that’s beating up on an opponent but not being rewarded?’

Hall of Famer Phil Housley grateful for early days with Sabres

‘“You hear the rumors about Scotty and just him being a great coach,” Housley said. “The first time I met him I thought he was a great man. He really allowed me to do and play the game that he wanted me to play. I think that was important. He didn’t put too much pressure on me. He sort of just let me play.’

Thursday’s Nashville Coverage

Predators snap shutout streak in 3-2 win (Nashville Tennessean)
Predators goalie Carter Hutton does ‘flip-a-rooskie’ (Nashville Tennessean)
5 takeaways from Predators’ win vs. Sabres (Nashville Tennessean)
Photo gallery (Nashville Tennessean)
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Predators end record scoring drought, beat Sabres 3-2

‘”There’s a lot in the game that’s good,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “There’s nothing good about getting down 3-0 and not winning the hockey game, but some pretty good stuff from our lines.”‘

Predators break through to beat Sabres

‘Left winger Evander Kane and center Jack Eichel scored for the Sabres (8-12-2). Sabres goalie Linus Ullmark was pulled after allowing three goals on eight shots. He was replaced by goalie Chad Johnson, who made 12 saves.’

Comeback falls short, Sabres defeated by Nashville 3-2

‘Welcome back to town, Cody Hodgson. Another player who had his Sabres’ tenure come to an abrupt and unceremonious end. He gets his second goal of the season and puts his former team down by three.’

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.”‘


‘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.’

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.”’