The Sabres Report - October 12, 2015

Sabres to move Girgensons to center   

Buffalo News:

‘“I think Zemgus has been the most consistent worker in the first two games,” Bylsma said. “I think Zemgus played his best game at center in the preseason. He’s been good at wing as well but … postgame I said we’re going to put Zemgus” at center. “I know he’s comfortable playing in that position. … He can be counted on to take the draw. He can be counted on as a secondary guy in defensive situations so his versatility is extremely useful.”’

Lehner out 6-10 weeks with high ankle sprain   

Buffalo News:

‘Lehner was at practice Sunday morning, sitting on the bench with a boot on his lower right leg.’

Sabres have goaltending options with Robin Lehner out 6-10 weeks   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“It’s not a complete surprise to get the results and have that be the timeframe,” Bylsma said following practice.’

Monday's Columbus Coverage

Blue Jackets, Sabres at a glance (Columbus Dispatch)
Blue Jackets-Sabres Preview (AP)
Sabres hope to have Gionta against Blue Jackets (
Jackets, Sabres meet for Columbus Day matinee (

Sabres G Lehner out 6-10 weeks   

The Sports Xchange:

‘”We were waiting for the MRI and waiting for a prognosis but you know with the symptoms and so forth, you had an idea what the injury was,” coach Dan Bylsma said Sunday. “It’s not a complete surprise to get the results and to have that be the time frame.”‘

Sabres' Lehner out long term   


‘Gionta called a lengthy players only meeting after practice. Gionta hated last year more than any in his career and after two losses, he wanted to address some things.’

Gionta could return Monday while Lehner out 6-10 weeks

‘Gionta’s potential return comes on a day when the team received news on another important player’s injury status. Bylsma announced after practice that an MRI on goaltender Robin Lehner revealed a high-ankle sprain that will keep the netminder out for 6-10 weeks. Lehner sustained the injury during the second period of Thursday’s season opener.’

The Sabres Report - October 11, 2015

Still looking for right mix, Sabres fall to Lightning   

Buffalo News:

‘With their unfamiliarity with each other obvious, the Sabres remained winless with a 4-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday. Whether it was being out of position, passing up shots or simply not knowing what to do, Buffalo couldn’t stay with a team that advanced to the Stanley Cup finals last season.’

Compared to Lightning, Sabres don’t measure up   

Buffalo News:

‘“It is a little bit flattering to know people are going, ‘Here’s the team that won in the East,’” added coach Jon Cooper. “The one thing aside from that is when we do come into these visiting buildings, we’re starting to see more and more Tampa Bay Lightning jerseys, where a couple years ago we wouldn’t see any.”’

Solid teamwork leads to Deslauriers goal   

Buffalo News:

‘“I think we’re missing opportunities to put pucks in the net and go to the net and too many times we’re trying to pass it in the net,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “The example of that one goal we do score is we win a forecheck and we get a chance. A shot. We’re going to the net. We grab a rebound. It’s a battle there for a while. You’ve got three guys in the paint and he scores a goal. We need more of that.”’

Sabres lose to Lightning, fall to 0-2   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Some things haven’t changed.’

Sabres coach Dan Bylsma constantly tinkering with lines   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Yes, in his second NHL game, Eichel had at least five right wingers. Bylsma has spent the first two games this season constantly changing the Sabres’ four lines.’

Little help for Johnson as Sabres lose to Lightning   

Batavia Daily News:

‘Scoring for Buffalo was Nic Deslauries Johnson let up four goals, but his team gave him little help as the game progressed.’

Sunday's Tampa Bay Coverage

Lightning pull away from Sabres for second straight win, 4-1 (Tampa Tribune)
Fifth 2-0 start in franchise history (Tampa Tribune)
Stamkos a key as Lightning beats Sabres (Tampa Bay Times)
Sabres’ Jack Eichel impresses Lightning (Tampa Bay Times)
Lightning 4, Sabres 1 (
3 things from the first road win of the season (
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Lightning drop Sabres 4-1, with Stamkos getting 1st goal   


‘A cross-checking call on Stamkos put the Sabres on the power play midway through the period, and Bishop stymied Tyler Ennis before taking a swing at an in-the-crease Marcus Foligno. Bishop was also there to stifle a hard one-time shot from Zemgus Girgensons after the power play.’