The Sabres Report - March 23, 2015

Merrimack's Schaller focused on improving   

Manchester Union Leader:

‘”He probably would have spent a little bit more time in the American League, but because of our injuries he’s been getting force-fed and he’s taking advantage of it,” Nolan said.’

Monday's Dallas Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Stars-Sabres scouting report (Dallas Morning News)
Sabres-Stars Preview (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (20-45-7) at Dallas Stars (34-28-10) (The Sports Network)
Sabres goalie Lindback expected to start vs. Stars (NHL.com)
Stars-Sabres Preview (DallasStars.com)

Sabres' Grigorenko showed some life in Nashville   

WGR-AM:

‘In the NHL if you don’t produce you sit. Against New Jersey he had eight minutes and was minus two. Grigorenko said, something has to happen, “I try to skate my best, I try to get a couple of hits there, but we had two goals scored on us and you can’t expect more minutes after allowing a couple of goals, so hopefully I start games good and take it shift by shift, so I can get the coach’s trust and get more ice time.”’

Monday's Rochester Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Trifecta of Amerks angst: 3 days, 3 games, 3 losses (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Comets win 5th straight; take lead in West (Utica Observer Dispatch)
Amerks close out weekend with 4-1 loss to Comets (Amerks.com)
Final: Comets 4 @ Amerks 1 (UticaComets.com)

The Sabres Report - March 22, 2015

Hackett shows his stuff in defeat   

Buffalo News:

‘“I thought he was good. He gave us a chance,” said Sabres coach Ted Nolan. “For a kid who sat on the bench the last couple of weeks patiently waiting, we had a chance to work with him the last couple days and get him prepped to play this game. It wasn’t an easy game to play. They’ve got some good shooters on the other team and I thought he played real well.”’

Lindback’s success no shock to Rinne   

Buffalo News:

‘“Everybody needs that opportunity,” Rinne said. “Goalie is such a fragile position. You get a chance, and if everything doesn’t go smooth, it becomes somebody else’s turn. That’s the way it goes. Sometimes you need more time or you need different opportunities. For his sake, I hope he keeps that position and keeps playing well.”’

Will Sabres-Coyotes clashes portend future?   

Buffalo News:

‘If Arizona wins both meetings between the teams, the “race” for last is all but over; the Sabres would likely have too much ground to make up with only six games left. If the teams split, the final two weeks of the season will feature nail-biting moments. If the Sabres win both, they’ll likely have to rely on the lottery. The Coyotes’ remaining schedule is more difficult.’

Sunday's Nashville Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Predators beat Sabres to end home skid (Nashville Tennessean)
Predators see payoff of power-play practice (Nashville Tennessean)
Photo gallery (Nashville Tennessean)
Beck, Rinne Guide Preds to Shutout Win Over Sabres (NashvillePredators.com)
Photo gallery (NashvillePredators.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Rinne makes 24 saves in Predators' 3-0 win over Sabres   

AP:

‘”Rinne made some big saves,” Ennis said. “I thought in the third period, we had probably five really good chances to score and couldn’t put one by him. He played well.”‘

Nashville 3, Buffalo 0   

The Sports Network:

‘”Thought Hackett played well. He gave us a chance,” Buffalo head coach Ted Nolan said. “Some posts, some breakaways. Can’t fault the effort.”‘

Predators regain momentum with win over Sabres   

The Sports Xchange:

‘”We had probably five really good (chances) to score and couldn’t put one past him,” Ennis said of Rinne.’

Predators Prevail 3-0 Over Sabres   

WGR-AM:

‘Making his first start since being chased from net in Washington, Hackett faced heavy pressure in the first period but was up to the task, stopping all 17 Nashville shots. The Predators finally broke through at 14:52 of the second on Taylor Beck’s power play goal. Beck got his stick on Shea Weber’s blast right off the faceoff for the 1-0 Nashville lead.’

Sabres trying to play with low energy   

WGR-AM:

‘The Sabres head coach was also pleased with the way his own netminder played. “I thought he was good,” Nolan said about Hackett. “He gave us a chance. For a kid who sat on the bench for the last couple weeks, patiently waiting. We had a chance to work with him these last couple days to get him prepped for this game and it wasn’t an easy game to play. They have some good shooters on the other team so I thought he played real well.”‘

Predators end home woes, shut out Sabres   

NHL.com:

‘”They’re a very good team,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “For us to keep battling and fight through and do what we did, especially in that third period, we had a number of scoring chances. We hit the goal post twice and [Tyler Ennis] had a couple of breakaways, so I can’t fault these guys for the effort for sure.”‘

Hackett stops 40 shots in loss to Predators   

Sabres.com:

‘“He gave us a chance,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “For a kid who’s sat on the bench for the last couple weeks and patiently waiting – we had a chance to work with him the last couple days to prep him for this game. It wasn’t an easy game to play. They have some good shooters on the other team so I thought he played real well.”’