McDavid puts on a show at First Niagara Center

‘You can’t help but think: “THAT is the kid whose existence is causing NHL teams to rearrange their next 15 years of planning?” In your mind, you picture him looking like a blonde Zdeno Chara, towering over midget 16-year-olds running for their lives when he steps on the ice. THAT kid doesn’t look like a Canadian Ivan Drago. He looks like a character on Boy Meets World.’

The curious case of Ted Nolan

‘We talked about Nolan on yesterday’s show and got a call from a fan that I think represented a common view: It warms the heart that Nolan was brought back, he said, and he looks forward to the day when he gets to coach a good Sabres team. I don’t think it’s coming.’

Andersen, Perry lead Ducks to sixth straight win

‘”We came out hard,” Ennis said. “We matched them physically. We were hitting. That’s a big strong team. We didn’t back down. We played hard. We were [down] 2-1 with three minutes to go on the road against that team. I think there’s a lot of positives to take out of it. It was a lot better game than the last one.”‘

Sabres come within striking distance but Ducks pull away with ‘W’

‘Buffalo has also had trouble with their shot differential. Buffalo managed 53 shot attempts at the net to Anaheim’s 69. Shots on goal favored the Ducks 34-23 but the Sabres had a few prime opportunities.’

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks rally to beat IceHogs (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Rockford IceHogs falter late in Rochester, lose 3-2 (Rockford Register Star)
Amerks sneak by IceHogs with late third period rally (Amerks.com)
IceHogs falter late in Rochester (IceHogs.com)

Sabres will try to make amends against Ducks

‘“I don’t think they saw our best game. I think we’ve had times where we’ve been able to skate with the top teams, and I don’t think we showed that at all. We’re going in wanting to prove ourselves, that we can play with them and steal a couple points in their rink.”’

McDavid paying visit with Otters

‘Buffalo gets the chance to see the phenom at 7 tonight when First Niagara Center hosts its first Ontario Hockey League game between McDavid’s Erie Otters and the Niagara IceDogs.’

Zadarov practicing hard despite uncertainty

‘“I don’t think it’s my choice,” Zadorov said. “It’s not my job to make the decision with all that. I’m going to be there when they’re going to tell me to be. I’m going to keep working hard, keep playing hard. It doesn’t matter where.’

Connor McDavid can’t avoid Sabres fans on Twitter

‘“You can’t really do too much of that, you just got to worry about yourself and playing your game, doing all the right things,” he said. “If Buffalo happens to be the one that drafts me, that’ll be great, then I’ll be thrilled. It’s the NHL. You kind of go where you’re picked. Every city and organization is first class.”’

Wednesday’s Anaheim Coverage

Ducks expect more than ‘pee-wee’ effort from Sabres tonight (Los Angeles Times)
Sabres-Ducks Preview (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (1-5-0) at Anaheim Ducks (5-1-0) (The Sports Network)
Sabres seek scoring visiting Ducks (NHL.com)

Sabres fans might get peek at future as McDavid visits

‘Black said if there was a strong walk-up sale, the crowd could reach 12,000.’

Sabres Reinhart has a huge resource here

‘Reinhart was the last player off the ice Tuesday because he was practicing face-offs and getting pointers from one of the best centermen of all-time in Bryan Trottier. Reinhart is only winning 26.5 percent of his draws. He really enjoyed the tutoring on Tuesday, “He was going over desperate situations when you’re not necessarily trying to win the draw, but you scramble and give the rest of the guys a chance. It’s a tough thing to win them clean, so that’s a big part of it.”’

Sabres’ Nolan got extra in practice

‘Nolan has said many times that you play the way you practice. He said, “We were creating bad habits in our work ethic, so I wanted to adjust that. I looked at the tape over and over, we had individual meetings, we had line meetings and we all came to a consensus that we have to compete harder.”’

Sabres energized at Tuesday’s practice

‘“Each and every one of us, we’ve got to be better. We had a nice sit-down discussion about it and I liked to see the way the guys really took their words into action today,” Nolan said. “Hopefully it’s the start of turning this thing around.”’

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

AHL’s new overtime format draws favorable reviews (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)