Sabres fall to Blackhawks, still begin bye feeling good

‘The Blackhawks, perhaps the NHL’s model franchise, hammered the Sabres for the 11th straight time (0-9-2). They haven’t beaten the Blackhawks since a home victory Dec. 11, 2009.’

Matt Moulson moving around Sabres lineup

‘The problem for Moulson has been getting out there. The three-time 30-goal scorer had averaged just 11 minutes, 40 seconds an outing and skated under 10 minutes in 16 of the last 22 games entering Sunday.’

Stars front and center in Sabres’ win over Blues

‘“He’s been … our most consistent player and our best player,” Bylsma said of Lehner. “He’s making huge saves when things aren’t going well for us. Once we do get a lead, he’s shutting the door.”’

Nick Baptiste scores early in return to Sabres

‘“That’s kind of the development process we have started in Rochester,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “The coaches down there have done a great job of getting these guys ready to come up and play and be prepared to add, and you can see that with almost every call-up we’ve had.”’

Sabres goalie Robin Lehner thriving with heavy workload

‘“We’re going to keep riding that guy as we go forward,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said Friday inside HarborCenter. “Every one of these games is a huge game for us. We’re going to see Robin in there quite a bit.”’

Sabres’ Cody Franson ready to play; Derek Grant out

‘Center Derek Grant, who injured his shoulder late in the first period Thursday, “had a decent amount of good news from his evaluation today,” Bylsma said. Still, Grant has some weakness and is likely out this weekend, Bylsma said.

Sabres buckle down, beat Avalanche

‘“It got a little scary,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “I think we had a good run of possession. We had a post here, a bounce there that didn’t go our way. After the first period, we’re talking about staying with it, staying with it, (the) game plan.”’

Sabres notes: Avalanche NHL’s worst

‘The Avalanche had 82 points last season and didn’t lose any of its best players. This season, the once-proud franchise has become a tomato can.’

Sabres heavyweight Nick Deslauriers wants to fight

‘“I know my role,” he said. “It doesn’t happen a lot. I think I still have a little bit of (the) ‘back in the days hockey’ (attitude) that I love getting in fights. It’s not an easy job. It’s a thing for me, I’m not a goal scorer. I know how to bring energy. That’s one part that I can bring.”’

Sabres know style they must showcase

‘“You got to learn to do your job and not do too much,” Lehner said. “Sometimes you want to do too much and it hurts you. It’s the same with my game. … We just got to start sharing the workload, sharing the structure out there and it’s going to be fine.’

Sabres’ Jack Eichel: ‘We got to stop blaming each other’

‘“People can assume whatever they want,” he said Monday after the Sabres prepared for tonight’s road contest against the Ottawa Senators. “It’s not what I said (Sunday). I didn’t name anyone. … It’s about all of us as a team. It’s about doing the small things. It’s about me making an extra save.’

Robin Lehner calls out Sabres following ugly loss to Canucks

‘“This is all talk,” Lehner said. “We’ve got to look ourselves in the mirror here. I think it’s disrespectful when we have a game plan, we’re going through things. The last few days we’ve just been going through on how to play our second period. Coach brought it up there, coming up with a good game plan. We do the exact opposite.’

Sabres rookie Justin Bailey earning chances with top talents

‘“You just watch him in practice, his shot,” Bylsma said. “He can score goals. I feel like if he keeps getting that opportunity, putting himself in those situations to get those scoring chances, he’s going to be a guy who finds the back of the net.”’

Evander Kane helps push Sabres past Maple Leafs

‘Kane has 18 goals in his last 32 games, 17 at even strength. Remember, Kane broke four ribs opening night and struggled after returning. He didn’t score until Dec. 3, his 13th appearance.’

Toronto debut special for Sabres rookie Evan Rodrigues

‘“Watching ‘Hockey Night in Canada’ growing up, now playing, it’ll be a cool feeling,” Rodrigues said. “But I’m trying not to think about it too much and just prepare like any other game.”’