What to watch Monday night: Bills or Sabres?

‘“We can’t show the Bills game in the building – it’s against league rules – but we’ll have updates,” Gilbert said. “I think nowadays everybody has a smartphone anyway, so they’re going to get updates.”’

Improved Sabres have long ways to go

‘What’s clear is the Sabres’ also-ran days are over under new coach Dan Bylsma. Even in their losses they’re usually competitive. Sure, the playoffs probably aren’t realistic this season. But they’ve shown enough progress and possess enough talent to make fans wonder what kind of team they might develop into in the near future.’

Monday’s Saint Louis Coverage

Preview: Blues at Sabres (Saint Louis Post Dispatch)
Blues-Sabres Preview (AP)
Sabres open three-game homestand against Blues (NHL.com)

Shutout loss to Stars continues Sabres’ pattern of offensive offense

‘The Sabres have scored just four times in the last four games — and three of those goals are from Ryan O’Reilly.’

Faceoffs are a big deal to O’Reilly

‘“It’s a possession thing,” O’Reilly said prior to the game against the Dallas Stars in American Airlines Center. “Whenever you’re doing good on draws, you’re giving yourself another extra split second to possess it and make a play in the game. It’s huge for the game. It’s something I enjoy, a great way to start a shift … a great way to be engaged coming into the dot right away.”’

Quick Hits: Stars 3, Sabres 0

‘”That’s been killing us the last few games,” said Jack Eichel. “Two 5-on-3s in St. Louis, one tonight. No goals on any of them. You can get momentum off of those and we didn’t.”‘

NHL’s new offside review needs a rewind

‘Like turning on the furnace and then opening a window.’

Sunday’s Dallas Coverage

Why Stars’ win over Sabres had almost too much good to keep track of (Dallas Morning News)
Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak seizes opportunity with big fight and strong game vs. Buffalo (Dallas Morning News)
Stars get 3-0 shutout win against Sabres, but lose Jason Demers to injury (Dallas Morning News)
Niemi, Stars shut out Sabres for fifth straight win (DallasStars.com)
Photo gallery (DallasStars.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Niemi gets 2nd shutout and Stars beat Sabres 3-0

‘Buffalo’s Chad Johnson made 29 saves, including 15 in the third period. The Sabres are 3-2-2 in their last seven games, with both regulation losses to Dallas.’

Stars’ Niemi blanks Sabres

‘”Yeah, it’s tough, couple bad bounces, obviously it’s something we need to work on,” Sabres center Jack Eichel said of failing to convert with a two-man advantage.”5-on-3’s a chance we need to capitalize. For us, it’s frustrating knowing that we weren’t able to get it done and the 5-on-3 cost us a little bit.”‘

Stars Cruise Past Sabres 3-0

‘For the fourth straight game, the Sabres were blanked in the opening period after allowing the game’s first goal.’

Sabres-Stars: From the Locker Room

‘”Twenty games into the season and I don’t think I’m really where I want to be. I don’t think I’ve played as well as I can play and should play. There’s a long way until the end of the season and I think I need to get a lot better. Every aspect of the game. I think I can be better at faceoffs, I think I can be better in the d-zone, on the power play, on the penalty kill, everywhere.”‘

At the quarter mark: Grading every Sabre

‘It is a difficult task for any rookie to make the transition from the NCAA to the NHL in a single leap, much less come into The Show and play nearly 20 minutes per game. Eichel has been one of the Sabres’ poorest possession players with a 48.3% Corsi Percentage, but has the second most goals on the team with six and leads the team with shots on goal with 64. He has shown every bit of speed, explosiveness and flash that we expected and seems to have fit in very well with the team and city.’

Niemi, Stars shut out Sabres; Benn scores two goals

‘”We didn’t do a good job (of playing with discipline),” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “I think we killed off six minutes of penalties, not good penalties to take, and six minutes of hockey we were spending a lot of energy killing off a good power play from the opposition. The game’s not lost there, but we do spend a lot of energy killing off penalties there and wasting energy.”‘

Sabres fall to Stars in 1st shutout loss of the season

‘“Right from the start of the game, they’re a team that does open it up, plays a long game,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “As we pressed in the third period when we needed to – after we got down two on their power-play goal – the game opened up a little bit more for them.’