Sabres’ Nolan not worried about his job

‘With the team playing as poorly as it is, it’s only natural that he be asked about it. Nolan said he has no concern about that, “I’d have concern if I’m not doing (my job), but I’ve never feared my position in any job I did in my life because the only thing I know how to do is do what I do and sometimes it’s good enough and sometimes it’s not.”’

Nolan had the Sabres skating and talking in practice

‘Many would think Nolan was punishing the team for Thursday’s game, but he said that wasn’t it, “No, it’s not punishment, it’s what we have to do. We have to get the pucks in deep, we have to work in certain positions, we have to get back, we have to change properly, our line changes are soft, the way we attack the puck is soft, those type of things we have to do with a little more intensity.”’

Sabres go through tough skate Friday

‘Sabres coach Ted Nolan skated the team hard for about 40 minutes at First Niagara Center with an emphasis put on dump-ins, positioning, being tougher on the puck and communicating. For much of practice, players skated without the puck.’

Skidding Sabres can’t find the brakes

‘The 7-0 loss in front of 18,963 Thursday was the team’s worst loss in First Niagara Center since the building opened in 1996.’

Ennis, Weber thrilled for new referee Rank

‘Garrett Rank is only 27, but his road to the NHL has already had its share of twists. He overcame testicular cancer. He elected to go with hockey over golf despite a possible career on the links. He finished as the runner-up in the 2012 U.S. Golf Association Mid-Amateur, a tournament in which the winner earns a spot in the Masters.’

Sabres hit rock bottom in ugly loss to Wild

‘“I’m speechless,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said following the worst defeat in the building’s 18-year history. “I don’t want to say things I’ll regret saying.”’

Former Sabres star Thomas Vanek struggling to score with Wild

‘“I really haven’t found the combination that works,” Vanek said Wednesday inside the First Niagara Center. “I think we’ve been juggling a lot of the lines and stuff. At the end of the day, I got to be better. That’s the one thing I’ve always prided myself on, and I don’t shy away from that, especially in times like this. It doesn’t matter who you play with. Shoot the puck more and start getting some production.”’

Friday’s Minnesota Coverage

Wild, Dubnyk earn much-needed shutout over Buffalo (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Wild defense a hodgepodge without Suter, Scandella, Falk (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Wild-Buffalo game recap (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
What slump? Minnesota Wild post record rout of Sabres, 7-0 (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
For Wild, suspension is opportunity to rest Ryan Suter (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Road reaction: Wild 7, Sabres 0 (Fox Sports North)
Wild 5-Hole at Buffalo (Wild.com)
Photo gallery (Wild.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Wild snap 6-game skid in Dubnyk’s debut: beat Sabres 7-0

‘The Sabres extended their losing streak to nine — all decided in regulation. No NHL has done that since the Edmonton Oilers lost nine straight in regulation from Feb. 25 to March 15, 2007, according to STATS.’

Minnesota 7, Buffalo 0

‘Jhonas Enroth was responsible for all seven goals on 37 shots, as Buffalo fell for the ninth straight time.’

Wild end six-game losing streak with 7-0 win

‘Goalie Jhonas Enroth made 30 saves for the lowly Sabres (14-28-3), who were overmatched from start to finish. With the loss, Buffalo’s franchise-worst losing streak was extended to nine games. The Sabres have been outscored 39-9 over the losing streak.’

Wild Throttle Sabres 7-0

‘The Wild increased their lead to 5-0 at 18:54 of the second period on Jared Spurgeon’s sixth, a shot that deflected into the Buffalo net. Minnesota went ahead by six in the final period thanks to Phil Varone’s own-goal.’

Sabres need better than this

‘By the third period Enroth was looking behind himself after saves.’

Dubnyk shuts out Sabres in first game with Wild

‘”We’ve been having talks every day,” Sabres forward Tyler Ennis said. “There’s been yelling and screaming. Right now, it just comes down to being better individually.”‘

Sabres search for answers after 9th-straight loss

‘“Losing’s hard enough when you lose a tight game. When you get blown out, you get embarrassed in your own building, I feel bad for the fans that come here and support us and we go out there and have an effort like that in front of them,” Sabres alternate captain Josh Gorges said. “They don’t deserve that. They deserve better.”’