The Sabres Report - January 13, 2017

Bishop returns, Palat gets 2 goals, Lightning top Sabres 4-2   

AP:

‘”I’m not sure what it is, they’re big games for us and we keep coming out tentative,” Buffalo right wing Brian Gionta said. “Whether it’s nerves or we’re just overthinking things instead of just playing, we’ve got to find a way to get ourselves ready for big games.”‘

Lightning end skid with win over Sabres   

The Sports Xchange:

‘”It was a tough first period in a lot of ways,” Kane said. “We got a good goal, and then PK there on some questionable calls. We gave up the 5-on-3 goal, which is tough to kill out anytime.”‘

Lightning Top Sabres 4-2   

WGR-AM:

‘Rasmus Ristolainen was on the ice for all three Tampa Bay goals.’

From The Locker Room: Sabres-Lightning   

WGR-AM:

‘”Same trend…we had a tough two periods to start the game. We turned it up in the third and it’s just too late. We can’t keep relying on that. We gotta come out more desparate early on.”‘

5 Observations: Lightning storm past Sabres 4-2   

WKBW-TV:

‘I hate that Jack Eichel spent a big chunk of Thursday’s game centering a line with Brian Gionta and Marcus Foligno. Yes, Sam Reinhart and others were shuffled into the mix, but the Sabres need a new combination.’

Midseason Buffalo Sabres Report Card   

WKBW-TV:

‘Sometimes we forget that Ristolianen is still only 22-years-old. He’s cooled off a bit as of late but has some of the most impressive numbers for a Sabres defenseman in a long time. In 40 games Ristolainen has *27* points (3G, 24A) and a -2 plus/minus.’

Ben Bishop wins return to Lightning   

NHL.com:

‘”I thought we started working better in the third period,” Kane said. “Being aggressive. Not giving them any breakouts. That’s the way we have to play. We can’t sit back because they will take it to us.”‘

Sabres left questioning calls following loss to Tampa   

Sabres.com:

‘In the third period, Kane had scored to bring the Sabres within one goal when he was called for his second, third and fourth penalties all at once, this time for a high stick against Lightning goalie Ben Bishop. Kane received two minutes for the high stick and two more for unsportsmanlike conduct in addition to a 10-minute misconduct.’

Friday's Rochester Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Rochester Amerks’ Alex Nylander works toward being great (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Martin rejoins amerks from Elmira (Amerks.com)

The Sabres Report - January 12, 2017

Sabres goaltenders are taking care of business   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres tandem has the sixth-best save percentage in the NHL at .920. To put that in perspective, the last time the Sabres goaltenders finished with a combined save percentage above .920 was the 2009-10 season when Ryan Miller, Patrick Lalime and Jhonas Enroth combined to post a .924 save percentage.’

Sabres Notebook: An opportunity for precious points   

Buffalo News:

‘”I think as you try to win hockey games and add points to your column, you’re always keeping an eye on the standings, you’re always keeping an eye on the teams ahead of you and you’re hoping they don’t get points when you are getting points,” Bylsma said.’

Sabres surging halfway through season   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Given up for dead two weeks ago, the Sabres, 3-0-1 in the last four games, hit the official halfway point tonight in Tampa Bay playing perhaps their best hockey all season.’

Predators claim Derek Grant from Sabres   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“Hopefully, Derek’s got an opportunity … going to Nashville,” he said. “We thought with Cal O’Reilly being a center we could call up, that was part of the plan as well.”’

Thursday's Tampa Bay Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Sabres, Lightning heading in opposite directions (AP)
Preview: Sabres at Lightning (NHL.com)
Lightning vs. Sabres: Projected lines; injuries (TampaBayLightning.com)

Sabres lose Grant. Lehner stays home   

WGR-AM:

‘Buffalo would like the depth at center, but they do have Cal O’Reilly on the farm. Dan Bylsma said getting him to the Amerks is what they were trying to do, “That was part of the plan there. Obviously we knew it was a possibility. Hopefully Derek’s got an opportunity for Derek going to Nashville, but we thought with Cal O’Reilly being a center, we could get through with that part of the plan as well.”’