The Sabres Report - February 20, 2017

Sabres' rebuilding efforts creating bond between veterans and youth   

SI:

‘“Each player is different,” says McCabe. “Certain guys are gonna have their same role, like Eichel and Sam Reinhart, two guys that are gonna be relied upon as a top-six forward. For a lot of young guys, like myself, you have to find your role. It does change a little bit, with the coaching staff and how they expect you to play and what they see you as. You’re just trying to stick around, make the team and force their hand. When you figure out what your role is, you really have to buy into it; otherwise you’ll find yourself in the minors pretty quick.”’

Blackhawks Cruise in Buffalo 5-1   

WGR-AM:

‘The win ended a three-game winning streak for Buffalo and extended Chicago’s victorious streak over the Sabres to 11 games.’

From The Locker Room: Sabres-Blackhawks   

WGR-AM:

‘”It’s a long time away from playing, it’s a long time from being on the ice. We have to be ready coming out of the break to play our best hockey. Have a break, put your feet in the sand a little bit. But also take care of yourselves, get a workout in because it comes quick right after the break.”‘

5 Observations: Blackhawks take down Sabres 5-1   

WKBW-TV:

‘Whenever a goaltender allows five goals he deserves some of the blame, but he wasn’t the Sabres biggest problem on Sunday. Three of Chicago’s goals were direct results of missed assignments from Sabres skaters.’

Potential assets for the Sabres as they approach trade deadline -- #3 Brian Gionta   

WKBW-TV:

‘If Gionta decides he wants to keep playing after this year the Sabres could do something similar to what they did with Matt Moulson — trade him and then resign him in the offseason. Making a move like this could ruffle some feathers in the locker room, and if the Sabres keep winning games it may not be a bad idea to keep Gionta around unless the return is ‘worth’ it.’

Scott Darling propels Blackhawks to victory   

NHL.com:

‘”We got beat by a good team and we got beat by one of the better teams. Yes, we’ve played a lot of games in the last 19 days and a lot in the last week here. It was a challenge and a measuring stick against a really good team. We came out on the wrong end of it.” — Sabres coach Dan Bylsma’

Sabres focus on big picture after 5-1 loss to Chicago   

Sabres.com:

‘ “We’ll forget about this one,” said goalie Robin Lehner, who made 32 saves in the loss. “It’s unfortunate, a hell of a hockey club out there. We’ve got a lot to learn from a team like that, how they play and how they do things. You know what, we’ve been playing good hockey lately and we can’t get away from ourselves here for one game.”‘

Monday's Rochester Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Amerks defeat Binghamton to snap losing streak (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
B-Sens fall short on the road (Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin)
Amerks bounce back with 3-2 win over B-Sens to close out weekend (Amerks.com)
B-Sens’ winning streak halted in 3-2 loss at Rochester (BinghamtonSenators.com)

The Sabres Report - February 19, 2017

Sunday's Chicago Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Sunday’s matchup: Blackhawks at Sabres (Chicago Tribune)
Sabres host Blackhawks with playoff spot within reach (AP)
Preview: Blackhawks at Sabres (NHL.com)
Game notes: Feb. 19 at Buffalo Sabres (ChicagoBlackhawks.com)

Sabres' winning streak starts at the top   

Buffalo News:

‘During a 3-2 victory over St. Louis, those six players combined for two goals, six points and 37 saves. It’s no coincidence Buffalo won its third straight game and fourth of the last five.’

Mike Harrington: Lehner has claimed the crease   

Buffalo News:

‘Lehner is 17-16-6 this season, a mediocre record borne mostly from his lack of goal support in the first half. But he’s got a 2.47 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage that ranks tied for third among NHL starters. Only Minnesota’s Devan Dubnyk (.933) and Pittsburgh’s Matt Murray (.927) are better.’

Sabres Notebook: Seamless transition for Baptiste in latest recall   

Buffalo News:

‘”Obviously they produce points,” Baptiste said of playing with Eichel and Kane. “I feel like I could bring speed and open up space for those guys and was fortunate enough to get to the net tonight and score.’

Quick hits: Sabres 3, Blues 2   

Buffalo News:

‘The Blues had won nine straight against Buffalo as part of a 19-2 run. The Sabres’ last victory in the series was a 5-3 decision Dec. 27, 2009, in St. Louis.’

Stars front and center in Sabres’ win over Blues   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“He’s been … our most consistent player and our best player,” Bylsma said of Lehner. “He’s making huge saves when things aren’t going well for us. Once we do get a lead, he’s shutting the door.”’

Nick Baptiste scores early in return to Sabres   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“That’s kind of the development process we have started in Rochester,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “The coaches down there have done a great job of getting these guys ready to come up and play and be prepared to add, and you can see that with almost every call-up we’ve had.”’