The Sabres Report - November 27, 2015

Sabres playing well in losses, need to score more goals   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“You can look at the positives,” winger Evander Kane said Wednesday following the Sabres’ 3-2 loss to Nashville inside the First Niagara Center. “We’ve definitely competed with those teams, outplayed them at times. That only takes you so far. You got to win. This is a results league.”’

Friday's Carolina Coverage

Hurricanes-Sabres Preview (AP)
Sabres host Hurricanes, look to end losing streak (
Canes Look to Carry Winning Ways Into Buffalo (

Housley returns to Buffalo, looks back on playing days

‘“In the ’80s there it was a great sports town. The fans were great, they really supported, you know Jim Kelly came and played for the football team so things were looking really good in the ’80s there and I really enjoyed it. The fans are really exceptional. They’re great supporters of the Sabres.’

Friday's Rochester Coverage

Amerks’ William Carrier earns spot on O’Reilly line (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

The Sabres Report - November 26, 2015

Sabres continue run of slow starts, lose to Predators   

Buffalo News:

‘Once again, Buffalo never led. During the 0-4-2 run, the Sabres have been in front for a grand total of 8 minutes, 22 seconds.’

Wowie! Housley now Hall of Famer   

Buffalo News:

‘“You have to thank the Buffalo Sabres and Seymour and Norty Knox and Scotty Bowman to take that chance on me out of high school where I was sort of unproven,” Housley said before Wednesday’s game. “I was very focused. It was guys like Gilbert Perreault, having Larry Playfair as my first roommate, Lindy Ruff and Mike Ramsey inviting me to come into their house until I got my own place, Mike Foligno. It’s a great core group of leaders who made me comfortable and part of their team.”’

Lehner’s return timetable slows down   

Buffalo News:

‘“I don’t think I would call it a setback,” coach Dan Bylsma said in First Niagara Center. “He got to a point where he started upping his rehab level and that’s where he had to back off that a little bit. He kind of tried to take the next step, and the next step, he has to wait a little bit longer on that.”’

Quick hits: Predators 3, Sabres 2   

Buffalo News:

‘Ullmark headed to the bench in favor of Chad Johnson after giving up another goal with 6:29 gone in the second. Ullmark, who entered the game with a .925 save percentage, saw it drop to .916 after turning aside just five of eight shots.’

Sabres start fast against Predators, lose sixth straight   

Olean Times Herald:

‘What do you say to a team that’s beating up on an opponent but not being rewarded?’

Hall of Famer Phil Housley grateful for early days with Sabres   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“You hear the rumors about Scotty and just him being a great coach,” Housley said. “The first time I met him I thought he was a great man. He really allowed me to do and play the game that he wanted me to play. I think that was important. He didn’t put too much pressure on me. He sort of just let me play.’

Sabres stuffed by Nashville in pre-Thanksgiving contest 3-2   

Batavia Daily News:

‘“More people and bodies to the front of the net,” Bylsma said. “Hutton saw most of what was coming at him. We knew we needed to get more people in front of him.”’

Thursday's Nashville Coverage

Predators snap shutout streak in 3-2 win (Nashville Tennessean)
Predators goalie Carter Hutton does ‘flip-a-rooskie’ (Nashville Tennessean)
5 takeaways from Predators’ win vs. Sabres (Nashville Tennessean)
Photo gallery (Nashville Tennessean)
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Predators end record scoring drought, beat Sabres 3-2   


‘”There’s a lot in the game that’s good,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “There’s nothing good about getting down 3-0 and not winning the hockey game, but some pretty good stuff from our lines.”‘

Predators break through to beat Sabres   

The Sports Xchange:

‘Left winger Evander Kane and center Jack Eichel scored for the Sabres (8-12-2). Sabres goalie Linus Ullmark was pulled after allowing three goals on eight shots. He was replaced by goalie Chad Johnson, who made 12 saves.’

Comeback falls short, Sabres defeated by Nashville 3-2   


‘Welcome back to town, Cody Hodgson. Another player who had his Sabres’ tenure come to an abrupt and unceremonious end. He gets his second goal of the season and puts his former team down by three.’