Despite Oilers woes, things going much worse for 12-game-losing-skid Sabres

‘“We’re going through a bad stretch, but the last three games, I think the effort has been there,” said Sabres head coach Ted Nolan. “I think we’re getting a little better as far as the battle level and the effort goes. As long as the effort and the battle level are there, the outcome will be the outcome, based on how you execute things.”’

Friday’s Edmonton Coverage

Anton Lander leads Edmonton Oilers to win over Buffalo Sabres (Edmonton Journal)
An NHL proposal: End race for bottom, go All for No. 1 (Edmonton Journal)
Should the Edmonton Oilers shop their ‘other’ first-round pick? (Edmonton Journal)
Photo gallery (Edmonton Journal)
Lander’s three points lead Oilers to victory over bottom-dwelling Sabres (Edmonton Sun)
Oilers Anton Lander and Oscar Klefbom put up points against Buffalo, talk of gaining confidence (Edmonton Sun)
Despite Oilers woes, things going much worse for 12-game-losing-skid Sabres (Edmonton Sun)
Snapshots (Edmonton Sun)
Recap: Oilers 3, Sabres 2 (EdmontonOilers.com)
Photo gallery (EdmontonOilers.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Lander with goal and two assists as Oilers beat Sabres 3-2

‘”The defence were involved, but it wasn’t a 60-minute effort for all of us,” said Sabres centre Torrey Mitchell. “We play the first two periods well or we score the first goal, and get off to good starts and we just can’t build on it right now.”‘

Edmonton 3, Buffalo 2

‘”We had our chances,” Buffalo coach Ted Nolan said.’

Oilers beat Sabres in battle of basement

‘”It seems like the same ones over and over again, but we only have 20 players, who else are you going to put in?”‘

Oilers Drop Sabres 3-2; Losing Streak Hits 13

‘Last-place Buffalo (31 points) now trails Edmonton (35 points) by four points in the NHL standings.’

Sabres tangle with Oilers

‘”We have to face reality,” said Gorges. “These mistakes that we continually make, we have to eliminate them. We have to find a way to play with confidence and not play scared to lose.”‘

Lander helps Oilers send Sabres to 13th loss in row

‘”We had our chances. With this team we need every one; we can’t afford two or three guys not playing well or not giving what they have to give.”‘

Sabres’ early lead doesn’t show up in Edmonton

‘“I think we need to stay positive and just keep approaching every game like we think we’re going to win the game,” goaltender Jhonas Enroth, who made 31 saves, said. “We can’t go into the game thinking that we’re going to lose again. We have to stay positive and still believe that we can win games.”’

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

AHL is heading west (Buffalo News)
Rankin anxious about return to Amerks (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

Sabres, Oilers dismiss tank talk

‘“That’s no factor in our room. No one is looking at the draft,” said Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers. “We’re focusing on game by game and trying to win every game we can. And you know what? The bottom line is that if we were playing better before, we wouldn’t be in this position in the first place. We’re not playing for last here.”’

Zadorov back but won’t play Thursday

‘“Somebody does that, you don’t just say ‘sorry’ and put him right back in,” Nolan said. “I think it’s the hierarchy of his situation. He just hopped on the ice one day for practice, off the ice eight days and I don’t think it’s fair to put anybody in that situation. At least we give him a couple days and put him back in.”’

Thursday’s Edmonton Coverage

Sabres-Oilers Preview (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (14-31-3) at Edmonton Oilers (12-27-9) (The Sports Network)
Oilers’ Hall could miss game against Sabres (NHL.com)
Preview: Oilers vs. Sabres (EdmontonOilers.com)

Sabres reinstate D Zadorov

‘The Sabres suspended Zadorov for one game after he failed to report to the team’s practice on Monday. The rookie was unable to catch a return flight from the Dominican Republic, where he spent the All-Star break, in time to make the club’s departure for its current road trip.’

Sabres Zadorov said he deserved suspension

‘“I didn’t get onto the plane because they sold more tickets than seats on the plane and there were no other planes to put me on because they were also full, so I got to stay there another day. It’s kind of my fault and I feel sorry, I should make the trip a day earlier and have the extra day. It’s kind of my mistake and next time I’ve got to do better.” Zadorov added, “I didn’t show up on time, so probably they did the right thing.”’