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.”‘

Patrick Kaleta back practicing, anxious to return

‘Kaleta said doctors inserted three plates and 14 screws after a shot hit him in the face during a Sept. 28 preseason game in Toronto. The 28-year-old has experienced blurred vision and migraines.’

Friday’s Florida Coverage

Preview: Panthers at Sabres, 7 p.m. Friday (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Florida Panthers at Buffalo Sabres game preview (AP)
Florida Panthers (0-2-1) at Buffalo Sabres (1-3-0) (The Sports Network)
Panthers’ Ekblad looks to keep improving vs. Sabres (

Sabres demote defensemen McCabe, Pysyk to AHL

‘The moves do not come as a surprise after both players opened the season on the Sabres’ injured list. Pysyk sustained what the team called an “upper body” injury during a 2-0 preseason win over Carolina on Sept. 23. McCabe was sidelined by what the team called a “middle body” injury before the start of the season.’

What is Girgensons’ ceiling?

‘While the Sabres’ opening to his second season has been underwhelming, Girgensons’ play has been even better than where he left off last year.’

Pysyk, McCabe return to practice, assigned to Amerks

‘Pysyk has been out since Sept. 23 when he injured his shoulder during the first shift of his first preseason game. He’s been skating on his own but has only been on the ice with the team again for the past few days.’

Simonick to be inducted into Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame tonight

‘“It’s quite an honor. I hope I represent this city well and the Buffalo Sabres,” he told when the Class of 2014 was announced. “It’s a lifelong dream to work this many years, a kid from 10 blocks away from the arena. I used to walk to the rink. I’ve been here a long time and obviously our goal is to win a Stanley Cup.”’

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Sabres send Mark Pysyk, Jake McCabe to Amerks (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

Gionta gives Sabres a lesson in intensity

‘“There’s got to be some urgency,” he said. “There’s got to be a care factor. At some point, it’s got to equate to the ice and you’ve got to play with that edge.”’

Sabres’ Zemgus Girgensons earning ‘legendary’ status

‘Girgensons, who’s starting his second NHL season, is beginning to showcase some supreme talent to match his grit and work ethic. The 20-year-old center has arguably been the Sabres’ best player through four games. Before netting the shootout winner in Tuesday’s 4-3 triumph in Carolina, he scored in the first two games.’

Sabres earn season’s first win in shootout

‘“It’s been a tough start for us, and we felt this was the night,” Enroth said. “It was pretty emotional to win that game.”’

Nolan benches Meszaros, sends a message

‘“We can’t sit out 10 guys,” said Nolan, who made it clear he won’t hesitate to bench anyone. “Nobody’s safe from that position, and I mean nobody.”’

Wednesday’s Carolina Coverage

Carolina Hurricanes lose 4-3 in a shootout; Sekera injured (Raleigh News and Observer)
Kids’ contributions are Hurricanes’ recipe for success (Raleigh News and Observer)
Canes’ Skinner eager to play, mindful of concussion risks (Raleigh News and Observer)
Photo gallery (Raleigh News and Observer)
Injury-plagued Hurricanes lose in shootout as late comeback falls short (Fox Sports Carolinas)
Canes Fight Back to Earn Point (
Photo gallery (
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