Eichel injury latest hard-luck blow to rebuilding Sabres

‘Ryan O’Reilly, the club’s No. 2 centre, has been plagued by back spasms during training camp. A year ago the Sabres lost Robin Lehner for months after the goaltender suffered a high-ankle sprain during his first start of the season. Lehner was acquired in a summer 2015 trade with Ottawa and had been anointed as the Sabres goaltender of the future.’

Saturday’s Ottawa Coverage

Senators remain a work in progress as they lose preseason finale to Sabres (Ottawa Citizen)
Ottawa Senators drop pre-season finale against Buffalo Sabres (Ottawa Sun)
Ready to get serious (Le Droit)
Photo gallery (OttawaSenators.com)

Senators close out exhibition schedule with 4-2 loss to Sabres

‘”I do like the close out of the pre-season and I like doing it winning,” Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma said. “We’ve played a few games where we played good hockey and closed out and won hockey games on the road and that’s exactly how we want to play.”‘

Hurricanes topple Sabres in shootout

‘“I didn’t like the first period very much,” said Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma, whose team fell to 3-2-1 through six exhibition games. “We came out flat and they took it to us pretty hard. But I liked the way we came out in the second.”‘

Bailey, Dupuy happy to be back

‘Bailey, a native of Williamsville, N.Y., was one of the hired guns Hounds general manager Kyle Raftis acquired as the team made a 2014-2015 championship run.’

Skinner scores shootout winner as Canes top Sabres in pre-season play

‘Evander Kane cut Buffalo’s deficit to 2-1 midway through the second and Justin Bailey scored shorthanded to tie the game in the third.’


‘Despite the lack of excitement provided on the ice, Buffalo head coach Dan Bylsma saw a lot of positives from his team as it approaches the regular season. “I really liked our whole team game,” he said. “I think this was the first game for us where we really played as a group of five and played team hockey.’

NHL teams excited about getting back to their roots

‘Perhaps nobody in the press conference had stronger feelings toward the event than Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma. A native of downstate Grand Haven, he was happy that a city in his home state earned the honor of Hockeyville and he said both he and his players were glad to be there.’

Star players visit Bothwell Middle School

‘O’Reilly said meeting the Marquette youth was a special opportunity. “It was a great day. We’re in a great town that really does love their hockey,” O’Reilly said. “It’s a great opportunity for us to get out and see the community’s youth, and the kids had a great time.”‘

Kids appreciate getting chance to see ‘big boys’ play on their rink

‘Nine-year-old Wyatt Lakenen was impressed with the talent the Sabres possessed in getting their first goal of the night. “It was a sweet goal,” Lakenen said. “It was exciting, and (Reinhart) looked like a pro when he scored it.”‘

Becoming Hockeyville

‘”What a ride it has been,” he said with a smile. “This has been fabulous but there has been an awful lot of work that has gone in to it. And I know it will be worth it.”‘

Sights and sounds

‘One of the Sabres coaches danced behind the bench to “Uptown Funk” which played over the public address system toward the end of second intermission, eliciting cheers from the crowd.’

Sabres defeat Hurricanes 2-0 in battle of youth

‘The Sabres, who featured a line of Jack Eichel, Alexander Nylander and Sam Reinhart, had the most skill on display among its young players, and head coach Dan Bylsma was happy with the performance of the trio who made up his top unit.’

Lakeview Arena ignites memories for Buffalo, Carolina

‘”I think everyone to a man this morning talked about this being a place they played before,” Buffalo head coach Dan Bylsma said. “Whether it was here or back in their hometown, it felt like a place we all played in our younger years and playing youth hockey. It’s kind of neat to get back here. It feels like an outdoor game atmosphere, back to the roots of hockey to where you played as a kid.’

Thousands turn out for the much awaited Kraft Hockeyville USA game

‘”I grew up a Sabres fan,” Donohue said. “I don’t remember going to any other hockey game ever other than the Sabres in the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium in the orange section, which is so steep, the [head of the person sitting in front of you] is by your feet.”‘