The Sabres Report - November 21, 2014

Friday's Sabres-Rangers game postponed   

The Sports Xchange:

‘A makeup date has not yet been determined.’

Rangers-Sabres game set for Friday postponed

‘A makeup date will be announced as soon as it can be confirmed.’

Sabres vs. Rangers game postponed

‘“It’s kind of tough to think solely about hockey when all your surroundings are in dire straits like we are right now. Hopefully, we’ll get through this,” he said. “Hockey seems like a very small thing when the city’s going through something like we’re going through right now. We’re hoping not only Kaleta, but everybody gets out of this thing relatively safe and sound.”’

Friday's Rochester Coverage

Amerks’ Varone focuses on finer points (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

The Sabres Report - November 20, 2014

Neuvirth injury means Sabres call up Lieuwen   

Buffalo News:

‘Both Lieuwen and Andrey Makarov practiced Wednesday in Rochester waiting for the Sabres to make a decision. Makarov is 4-4 with a 2.92 goals-against average and .908 save percentage for the Amerks while Lieuwen has downright terrible numbers (3-4, 3.53, .876) and has been pulled in three of his last five starts.’

Sabres prospect Justin Bailey dominating OHL   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“He’s an electrifying player,” Kitchener Rangers coach Troy Smith said by phone Wednesday. “Whenever he’s out there, our fans, you can kind of hear the buzz in the building just because of his speed and his ability. He has the ability at this level to take over a game when he feels like he needs to.”‘

Sabres call up goalie Lieuwen from minors   


‘Neuvirth is out indefinitely after being hurt in the first period of a 4-1 win over San Jose. He appeared to be injured late in the period during a collision with teammate Tyler Ennis.’

Irbe enjoys brief 2-period NHL return with Sabres   


‘”I said, ‘Ted, I haven’t donned a uniform in seven years,'” Irbe said, recalling the conversation he had with Sabres coach Ted Nolan during the first intermission. “And he said, ‘It doesn’t matter. Now you will.'”‘

Sabres recall a goalie   


‘Lieuwen joins the Sabres for his second career recall since being drafted by Buffalo in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. In a seven-game stint with the Sabres last season, Lieuwen compiled a 1-4-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against average and .906 save percentage.’

Lieuwen recalled from Amerks

‘In Rochester this season, Lieuwen has appeared in 10 games, recording a 3-4-0 record and a 3.53 goals-against average. Last season, Lieuwen ranked fourth in save percentage and tied for seventh in goals-against average among AHL netminders, respectively. He has appeared in 46 career AHL games, compiling a 21-17-4 record, a 2.59 goals-against average and a save percentage of .906.’

The Sabres Report - November 19, 2014

Sabres have a winning streak   

Buffalo News:

‘Coming on the heels of Saturday’s 6-2 win over Toronto and even the 6-3 loss last Thursday in Minnesota, the moribund Buffalo offense continued its renaissance even in a game when the Sabres were outshot, 30-14.’

Sharks a bit mystified by losing streak to Sabres   

Buffalo News:

‘They haven’t won in Buffalo since Dec. 2, 2005 – that’s their only win in Buffalo in 17 tries.’

Hasek was best because he was himself   

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

‘”I was lucky to get this goalie coach (Mitch Korn) who never really tried to change my style. But sometimes it was difficult to listen to people — like my style is not good,” said Hasek, whose No. 39 will be retired Jan. 13 when the Sabres host Detroit. “I’m glad that I could prove that my style is good enough.”‘

Brian Gionta’s first goals lead Sabres past Sharks   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Consider what transpired as the Sabres won consecutive games for the first time this season…’.

Former Sabres tough guy John Scott enjoying time with Sharks   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Scott has made his six appearances memorable. He scored his third NHL goal in his season debut, flattened the Islanders’ Mikhail Grabovski in his second game and earned a two-game suspension for his role in a brawl in his fifth appearance.’