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.”‘

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 (NHL.com)

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 Sabres.com 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.”’