Position shuffle doesn’t faze Hodgson

‘“Honestly I just like playing, no matter where,” Hodson said Friday morning. “Center or wing. Left wing or right wing. It doesn’t matter. I’m playing with good players no matter where I play. It didn’t work out at wing right away but you never know. It could go back to that.”’

Sabres sleepwalk through 1-0 loss at home

‘The Sabres are 1-4 this season and heading nowhere fast.’

Sabres speedster Torrey Mitchell showcasing simply style

‘“Sometimes when you simplify things, you’re more effective,” Mitchell said. “Obviously, I play a pretty simple game. Trying not to do anything fancy out there is a big part of my game. It works for me. I’ve been doing it for years.”‘

Saturday’s Florida Coverage

Roberto Luongo’s shutout gives Florida Panthers first win of season (Miami Herald)
Photo gallery (Miami Herald)
Panthers and Roberto Luongo blank Sabres 1-0 for first win of season (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Top two picks, Aaron Ekblad and Sam Reinhart, in two different places (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Photo gallery (FloridaPanthers.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Panthers’ Luongo gets 67th shutout, 1-0 vs Sabres

‘The Sabres haven’t scored against Florida in 132:24, dating back three games to Jan. 21.’

Florida 1, Buffalo 0

‘”We were able to create some chances tonight, but we just couldn’t get anything through,” said Buffalo forward Chris Stewart. “We feel good with what we’re doing, and if we work hard we’ll get things together.”‘

Luongo, Florida shut out Sabres

‘After killing off the five-on-three, Sabres right winger Chris Stewart had a golden opportunity in the slot, but his shot went wide of the net. Seconds later, Stewart took a tripping penalty to end the power play opportunity.’

Luongo, Panthers Blank Sabres 1-0

‘Buffalo had a chance to tie the game in the third period, but Luongo shut the door on a Sabres 5-on-3 power play. The Florida goaltender was able to keep Buffalo out of the net the rest of the way, en route to a 1-0 Panthers victory. Enroth was very sharp in defeat, coming up with 34 saves.’

Sabres still don’t put in a full effort

‘Win or lose this was another pathetic effort by this club. Ted Nolan has a real problem on his hands.’

Panthers shut out Sabres for first win under Gallant

‘After a scoreless first period, when the Panthers outshot the Sabres 16-3, Bergenheim scored 3:01 into the second. He picked up a loose puck from Brad Boyes and snapped a wrist shot between the legs of Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth, who was screened by Sabres defenseman Mike Weber.’

Sabres can’t backup Enroth in loss to Panthers

‘At the end of the night, the Sabres were scoreless on four power-play chances despite generating eight shots with the man advantage. The new first unit, which made a major change placing Cody Hodgson on defense opposite Tyler Myers, created many of those power-play chances. Moulson said the team just needs to keep things simple to break the slump.’

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Jake McCabe already has hockey memories of Rochester (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

Shot barrage pains Sabres’ defense

‘The Sabres enter tonight’s home game against Florida (7 p.m., MSG, Radio 550 AM) allowing 74.5 shot attempts per game. They’re attempting only 36. Buffalo is getting blown away in shots on goal, averaging 39 against and 20.8 for – both worst in the league.’

Zadarov can only watch and wait for now

‘That’s where the Sabres’ dilemma comes. They don’t think Zadorov is ready to play in the NHL, but they’ve said the 6-foot-5, 238-pound defenseman is too big for junior hockey. The Sabres could loan Zadorov to a team in Russia, but they would have no control over his development. Losing the skills of the 16th overall pick in the 2013 draft would significantly hurt the Sabres’ future.’

Sabres assistant coach Bryan Trottier enjoying new NHL life

‘“I was kind of hungry to get back in, but not at the coaching level,” Trottier said. “I really wanted to get back into the player development level and work with the young kids, and recognizing that Buffalo has a lot of young kids was another little key in the excitement that hopefully it’ll all work out. I’m enthused about the whole thing. ‘Re-energized’ is probably the better word.”‘