The Sabres Report - October 21, 2016

Canucks match best start in their history

‘”It’s obviously exciting for me, but we didn’t get the win, and that’s unfortunate,” said Baptiste, who was playing his second NHL game.’

Sabres unable to capitalize in loss to Vancouver

‘”Fourteen shots in the second period, I think that’s how we need to play, how we wanted to play,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “We had opportunities to sneak one by to get a goal and that was our mentality. We needed to keep pushing and keep playing that way and didn’t come up with it.”‘

Friday's Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks, AHL A Good Fit For Alex Nylander (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Amerks Set To Face Pair Of Division Rivals This Weekend (

The Sabres Report - October 20, 2016

Sabres look for bounceback in finale of Western trip   

Buffalo News:

‘”It has to be for sure,” said winger Sam Reinhart, a Vancouver native making his second return home in the NHL. “Coming right from day one of training camp, two weeks before the season started, our whole roster minus a couple guys at the World Cup was ready and excited to get going. That was part of the reason why, the mentality around the room.’

Banged-up Miller won't face Sabres as Canucks go for 4-0   

Buffalo News:

‘”As a goaltender, you feel this way probably 10 times a season,” said Miller, now 36. “It’s ‘Oh, I’m a little tight today but tomorrow I’ll have my hips and back lined up, do the right recovery and I’ll feel fine.’ Once you’re able to get that rest, you’re fine the next day. It just held on a little longer. It not an injury, it’s more a muscle that didn’t want to settle down. Something in my alignment was off.”‘

Amerks’ Tyson Strachan offers Sabres depth   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I’d be lying to say those things don’t come into your mind,” Strachan said earlier this month inside KeyBank Center. “Obviously, you think about everything that’s possible. At the end of the day, you’re confident. There’s nothing you can do about it other than just get yourself prepared.”’

Thursday's Vancouver Coverage

Canucks Game Day (Vancouver Province)
Unbeaten Canucks host upstart Sabres (AP)
Preview: Sabres at Canucks (

Sabres continue to refine special teams   


‘“We start with the puck we get a chance to get it down ice, and that’s really the starting point of your penalty kill” Gorges said. “If you can disrupt them coming through the ice, force them to make tough plays at the blue line or dump pucks in it gives us an opportunity to go get pucks and keep them on the run.”’

Miller likely won't play against Sabres   


‘Wednesday Miller told reporters that he will backup Jacob Markstrom duringThursday’s game against the Sabres, after feeling some tightness the last few days. “It’s not an injury,” Miller started. “It’s more of a muscle that didn’t want to settle down.”’

Three games in, Sabres are excelling on special teams

‘Through three games, Buffalo is a perfect 9-for-9 on the penalty kill (one of three perfect teams remaining along with Florida and Minnesota), while their 25-percent conversion rate on the power-play (4-for-16) ranks eighth in the League.’

Thursday's Rochester Coverage

Amerks Announce Roster Moves (

The Sabres Report - October 19, 2016

Sabres filled with frustration after Flames burn them in OT   

Buffalo News:

‘Of course, the Sabres felt Monahan shouldn’t have even been on the ice at that point. A few seconds before the goal, he got the puck away from Sam Reinhart by drilling the Buffalo winger from behind into the end boards. Referee Brad Meier simply stood and watched.’

Flames Johnson on meeting Sabres: 'This is going to be fun'   

Buffalo News:

‘Now wearing a Calgary sweatsuit, there were hugs, handshakes and high-fives all around as the Sabres noticed their former goaltender serving as their greeter. Buffalo goaltending coach Andrew Allen stopped for several minutes as Johnson chatted with each player who walked by.’

Quick Hits: Flames 4, Sabres 3 (OT)   

Buffalo News:

‘The home team has won 17 of the last 19 meetings in the series.’

Grant seizes opporutnity with Sabres

‘”It’s always exciting and always fun to play against some of your friends and beat them all over the ice,” he said.’