Sabres starting to heat up

‘“We’re doing the right things, playing the right way and it’s going our way now,” said Gionta. “’Mitchey’ poked that puck loose, I tried getting it by the goalie on the far side and it didn’t happen, but I was able to keep poking away and it went right to him.”’

Flip gives team December to remember

‘The Sabres-Rangers game that was wiped out is being played on Feb. 20, which was originally a visit by the Ottawa Senators. That game will now be played on Monday, Dec. 15, which was an off day on the schedule. Right after that one ends, the Sabres will have to fly all the way to Winnipeg for a previously slated game against the Jets the next night in MTS Centre.’

Zadorov can unpack in Buffalo

‘“It’s been busy the last two months,” Zadorov said, who did not want to return to London of the Ontario Hockey League. “I wasn’t playing, wasn’t in the lineup, now I’ve been playing every game and now it’s 10 games and I’m going to be here. I’m happy. It’s a dream come true.”‘

Neuvirth could return in a few days

‘The team has a home-and-home series on consecutive days next weekend against Montreal, and it remains to be seen how Neuvirth will feel by then.’

Maturity has helped Sabres’ Nikita Zadorov become NHL regular

‘“There’s some things in part of his life he had to change, as far as his approach to the game he has to change, and that was kind of a collective (effort) – kind of like (what) the city’s going through right now is kind of what our team went through,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said.’

Patrick Kaleta grateful to be back with Sabres after snowy week

‘With most roadways closed, Kaleta had to find an alternate route. So he talked to some police friends and hatched a plan with Sabres trainer Tim Macre, who had also been stuck.’

Saturday’s Washington Coverage

Sabres-Capitals Preview (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (5-13-2) at Washington Capitals (9-7-3) (The Sports Network)
Sabres get back on ice with visit to Capitals (
Caps come home to host Sabres (

NHL announces game switches for Rangers, Sabres, Senators

‘The Rangers-Sabres contest originally scheduled for Friday but postponed due to the snow emergency, has been rescheduled for Feb. 20, 2015.’

Two Sabres games rescheduled

‘To accommodate the scheduling change, the NHL announced that Sabres’ game originally scheduled for Feb. 20 against the Ottawa Senators was moved to Dec. 15.’

Sabres’ Gionta wants to help out WNY

‘They were able to play their game Tuesday and had practice on Thursday and Friday. Brian Gionta is the captain and he’s anxious to try to help out, “It just goes to show that with what’s going on in the outside world, we’re playing a game. Yes, it’s our livelihood and all that, but there are more important things. Your heart and your thoughts are with the people that are suffering and we’ll try to help in any way we can. We’ve put some feelers out for ways to help and give back and get help to people that need it.”’

Postponed Rangers-Sabres game rescheduled for Feb. 20; Feb. 20 Senators-Sabres game moved to Dec. 15

‘The game between the Sabres and Ottawa Senators, scheduled to be played that night in Buffalo, has been moved to Monday, December 15, at 7 p.m., ET.’

Kaleta returns to practice after being snowed in since last Tuesday

‘“I was really, really aggravated. I was talking to Mike [Weber] about the year I had last year with watching as many games as I had to watch and not being able to do anything,” he said. “But there’s nothing I could do and as my neighbor’s kids would say, I was pretty grumpy.”’

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Tim Schaller leads Amerks past Utica (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Schaller, Amerks shoot down Comets (Utica Observer Dispatch)
Schaller, Armia shine in Amerks’ win over Comets (WGR-AM)
Schaller’s five-point night powers Amerks to 7-4 win over Comets (
Amerks sign goaltender Sam Marotta to PTO (
Final: Comets 4 @ Amerks 7 (

Postponement catches Sabres players by surprise

‘Michael Gilbert, the Sabres’ vice president for public and community relations, said the decisions were made by the league in consultation with the teams in both cases. Gilbert also said the fact that Tuesday’s game was a national telecast on the NBC Sports Network was not a factor.’

Snow days at home don’t sit well with Kaleta

‘Kaleta is the only Sabres player who lives in the Southtowns and he’s been stuck in his Hamburg home since the region was battered by snow on Tuesday. He missed Tuesday’s game against San Jose and Thursday’s practice, both at First Niagara Center. And he has no idea if he’ll make it to today’s practice or the flight later this afternoon for Saturday’s game in Washington.’