My stress level is rising

‘Its time for General Manager Tim Murray to step up and do the right thing. Trade goalie Michal Neuvirth. He could mess this whole thing up. In the five starts Neuvirth has made since Jhonas Enroth was traded away, the Czech native has stopped 95% of the shots he’s faced. Buffalo has been outshot(shots on goal only) by 63 over the five games but they have four points(all coming via the shootout) because of Neuvirth. He can’t maintain a .951 save percentage but the Sabres can’t take any chances.’

Progress in Rochester earned McCabe call to Buffalo

‘“I think in the last 15 games or so I’ve had a lot of confidence,” McCabe said. “It’s kind of weird how points work, they come in bunches and you can have slumps for 20 games, but me and Chad have a good thing going right now, he helps me talk a lot and helps me out on the back end.”’

Buffalo Sabres flaunt deep prospect pool despite recent trade

‘ The Sabres are so deep that a few notable prospects did not make the cut; wingers Vaclav Karabacek and Gustav Possler were both ranked among the previous Top 20 but are having average seasons. The same can be said of Peterborough Petes forward Eric Cornel and Swedish goalie Jonas Johansson. Not even goalie Jason Kasdorf, acquired from the Jets along with Kane and Bogosian, was good enough to crack the list.’

Pysyk impresses in NHL return; Zadarov has ”no excuses”

‘In the coming weeks, Pysyk could have an opportunity to carve out a role on the backend. Injuries to Josh Gorges (season-ending lower body injury), Mike Weber (out two weeks with an upper body injury) and Tyson Strachan (day-to-day) leaves spots to be filled in the Sabres defensive group. Pysyk hopes that he shows enough during his time with the Sabres to earn an extended look at the NHL level.’

Short-handed Sabres fall in shootout

‘“We were about five minutes away from doing it,” Sabres forward Tyler Ennis said. “We just took a couple too many penalties against a good team.”’

Reinforcements arrive from Rochester

‘McCabe skated with Rasmus Ristolainen, while Pysyk partnered with Andrej Mezaros.’

Sabres goalie Michal Neuvirth shines in shootout loss to Predators

‘In his fifth straight start, Neuvirth dazzled again, keeping the Sabres in a contest in which they only five mustered five shots through 30 minutes and 17 in 65 minutes.’

Nikita Zadorov benched for violating team rules; Sabres recall Jake McCabe and Mark Pysyk

‘Zadorov’s absence – he was late to a meeting Sunday morning, according to the Associated Press – forced the Sabres to summon Jake McCabe and Mark Pysyk before Rochester’s 5 p.m. home game. The Americans signed Buffalo native Nick Tuzzolino to a tryout so they had enough defensemen.’

Monday’s Nashville Coverage

Predators snap two-game losing streak (Nashville Tennessean)
Predators’ Mattias Ekholm getting noticed (Nashville Tennessean)
Photo gallery (Nashville Tennessean)
Late Offense, Housley’s Memories; Preds Win 40th (NashvillePredators.com)
Photo gallery (NashvillePredators.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Winnipeg Jets big defenceman Tyler Myers flourishing in new role with team in playoff race

‘“Things were obviously not going the way we wanted in Buffalo,” said Myers, who played more than 26 minutes in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. “But I was playing the way I wanted to. It was just it’s clear they’re in the middle of a big rebuild. The way some guys were playing down there was just not noticeable with the position we were in.”’

Forsberg seals Predators’ 2-1 shootout win over Sabres

‘Tyler Ennis scored both in regulation and in the shootout for the last-place Sabres (17-38-5), who dropped to 3-19-2 in their past 24. The loss spoiled a splendid effort by goalie Michal Neuvirth, who finished with 37 saves through overtime.’

Sabres down 4 defensemen for game against Predators

‘This marks the second time this month the 2013 first-round draft pick has been disciplined by the Sabres. Zadorov was held out against St. Louis on Feb. 5 after he was late reporting to the team coming out of the All-Star break as a result of travel issues.’

Nashville 2, Buffalo 1 (SO)

‘”You cannot take so many penalties,” said Neuvirth. “Way too many against a team like that.”‘

Sabres’ Gorges to have season-ending surgery

‘The Sabres will also be without defenseman Mike Weber for the next two weeks, Nolan said. Weber sustained an upper-body injury in the first period of Friday night’s game against the Rangers.’

Predators pulls out shootout win over Sabres

‘”Michal played a great game again,” Sabres head coach Ted Nolan said. “Every game he’s played since he got all the starts, he’s been playing really, really good for us.”‘