The Sabres Report - December 2, 2016

5 Observations: Eichel, Sabres top Rangers 4-3   


‘Man, he’s good.’

Jack Eichel scores twice to give Sabres win

‘”It’s kind of hectic down there and [you] just try to find a soft spot and [Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh] makes a great play,” Eichel said. “I knew that Lundqvist got over, so I was trying to hit [Evander Kane] coming back through and luckily I got a nice bounce; kind of rewarding.”‘

Eichel scores twice in late win over Rangers

‘”It was great to be back here,” Eichel said. “This is one I was definitely looking forward to so it was great to be able to win and get a little come-from-behind victory in the third period. Being able to contribute, it makes it a whole lot sweeter.”‘

Sabres recall Ullmark

‘Ullmark (6’4″, 221 lbs., 7/31/1993) joins the team for his second recall of 2016-17 but has yet to appear in an NHL game this season. He played in 20 games for the Sabres during his first season in North America in 2015-16, posting a .913 save percentage and a 2.60 goals-against average. His 8-10-2 record in 2015-16 included wins in each of his last three NHL appearances.’

Friday's Rochester Coverage

Amerks’ Linus Ullmark to serve as backup in Buffalo Thursday (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Amerks Ready To Face Division Rivals This Weekend (

The Sabres Report - December 1, 2016

Boston boys Eichel and Vesey meet for the first time in Buffalo   

Buffalo News:

‘“I mean, I’m not really sure why,” Eichel said when asked about the prospect of fans booing Vesey. “He was a free agent. It’s his own decision to make a decision where he wants to play. If any of us were in his situation I’m sure a lot would go into a decision like that. Obviously would have loved to have him in Buffalo but he made a decision and obviously he’s happy with that one. Can’t blame a guy for that.”’

Nilsson always ready for the call to the net   

Buffalo News:

‘”He kind of gave me a little heads up a little bit before that he wasn’t feeling quite 100 percent. So I was ready,” Nilsson said after taking an optional skate in KeyBank Center Wednesday afternoon. “Obviously it’s not fun to see your friend and goalie partner go down but unfortunately that’s part of the game sometimes. As a backup you always have to be ready for stepping in.”‘

Eichel return propels Sabres to season-high TV rating   

Buffalo News:

‘To put the rating in further perspective, the rating for the Sabres game beat the popular NBC entertainment program “This is Us” (8.4) on Channel 2 and the annual favorite “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (8.1) on Channel 4.’

Sabres’ Ryan O’Reilly ends slump with helmetless goal   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“We talked about this like two weeks ago,” O’Reilly told the Times Herald on Tuesday in Ottawa. “How sick would it be to score a goal with no bucket on, come through the train (glove taps along the bench) with the guys?”’

Sabres goalie Robin Lehner still day-to-day   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Nilsson will likely start Thursday against the potent New York Rangers, whose 33 points rank second in the NHL.’

Thursday's New York Coverage

Eichel, Sabres brace for Rangers (AP)
Preview: Rangers at Sabres (
Rangers Visit Sabres for First Time This Season (
Rangers at Sabres 12.1.16: Pregame Notes (

Sabres' O'Reilly has a great support system   


‘O’Reilly’s father isn’t the only source of support for him, his head coach helps him through tough times too, “With Dan he’s great, he gives me a lot of confidence, uses me in all situations and he can tell when things aren’t going well for myself it’s the little things he says like ‘stick with it’ and certain little things that help during a game and it’s nice to have that relationship with him.”’

Power play reached "another level" in win over Sens

‘”From bringing the puck up the ice, the plays we made, the execution on the entries on the power play was at another level for us and in zone as well,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “If you want to watch the three power-play goals, you’re’ going to see another level of execution moving the puck from Rasmus to Ryan to Kyle to Jack.”‘

Thursday's Rochester Coverage   


Amerks end skid thanks to Ullmark (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Amerks edge Comets at Aud (Utica Observer Dispatch)
Amerks Hold Off Comets To End Skid (
McEneny Scores First AHL Goal In Comets Loss (

The Sabres Report - November 30, 2016

Eichel brings offensive magic back to Sabres in his return   

Buffalo News:

‘”More than anything you just want to be out there and feel good and feel confident about your game and try to help contribute,” Eichel said in Canadian Tire Centre. “You watch so much hockey that it makes you that much more excited to come back and play. I think that’s the case here.”‘