The Sabres Report - October 21, 2016

Quick Hits: Canucks 2, Sabres 1   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres fell to 1-2-1 overall and finished 1-1-1 on their sojourn through Western Canada. Still, that equals the most points they’ve had in these parts since they posted the same record in 1998-99.’

Former Sabre Matt Ellis happy in retirement, excited for future   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“There were days if you would’ve asked me I would’ve said, ‘You know what? This is it. I’m done,’” Ellis said. “There are other days I would’ve told you, ‘I love the game. I want to continue grinding it out.’”’

Friday's Vancouver Coverage

Don’t look now, but the Canucks are on a roll (Vancouver Province)
The NHL is divided into two camps this season (Vancouver Province)
Canucks Post Game (Vancouver Province)
The Best Thing: Jannik Hansen gives the Canucks their first lead of the year (Vancouver Sun)
Canucks’ record is perfect, so don’t sweat the rest (Vancouver Sun)
Canucks Replay (Vancouver Sun)
Photo gallery (

No Comeback Required: Surprising Canucks stay perfect, down Sabres 2-1   


‘”It may be my fault,” said Buffalo head coach Dan Bylsma. “I happened to see the number before going out for the third period. They were at zero and we were at 100 per cent and they get the power-play goal.’

Canucks top Sabres to become last unbeaten team   

The Sports Xchange:

‘”Our work ethic is there,” said Markstrom, who made 26 saves in his third consecutive start. “They took over a little bit after we scored that goal in the second.’

Canucks Edge Sabres 2-1   


‘After nearly a half-game of scoreless hockey, Jannik Hansen put Vancouver on the board, shoving a rebound into the net. Daniel Sedin made it 2-0 with a 3rd period power play goal, but the Sabres cut the lead in half a little over two minutes later on Nick Baptiste’s 1st career goal.’

From the Locker Room: Sabres-Canucks   


‘”Really wanted to come out with a win today, but everything reflects consistency. This league, you have to be good from the get-go. You’re good in the 1st period, or get some momentum in the 1st period, you never know where the game goes. But I think consistency is what we gotta work on.”‘

Two Sabres' prospects will face the Russians   


‘Two Sabres will play on the WHL All Star team which plays games in Prince George and Edmonton.’

5 observations: Sabres 2-1 loss to Canucks   


‘Okposo finished the night with a fourth of the Sabres shots on goal (six shots) Thursday night and generated some quality chances. The Sabres big free agent forward had a stellar second period, basically taking over the game, he just couldn’t beat Markstrom. Okposo and his line mates (O’Reilly and Reinhart) really turned things on as a unit after a slow start, but it was too little too late for the Sabres. They’ve been the Sabres best line this year, so they get a pass after Thursday’s loss.’

Canucks match best start in their history

‘”It’s obviously exciting for me, but we didn’t get the win, and that’s unfortunate,” said Baptiste, who was playing his second NHL game.’

Sabres unable to capitalize in loss to Vancouver

‘”Fourteen shots in the second period, I think that’s how we need to play, how we wanted to play,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “We had opportunities to sneak one by to get a goal and that was our mentality. We needed to keep pushing and keep playing that way and didn’t come up with it.”‘

Friday's Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks, AHL A Good Fit For Alex Nylander (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Amerks Set To Face Pair Of Division Rivals This Weekend (

The Sabres Report - October 20, 2016

Sabres look for bounceback in finale of Western trip   

Buffalo News:

‘”It has to be for sure,” said winger Sam Reinhart, a Vancouver native making his second return home in the NHL. “Coming right from day one of training camp, two weeks before the season started, our whole roster minus a couple guys at the World Cup was ready and excited to get going. That was part of the reason why, the mentality around the room.’

Banged-up Miller won't face Sabres as Canucks go for 4-0   

Buffalo News:

‘”As a goaltender, you feel this way probably 10 times a season,” said Miller, now 36. “It’s ‘Oh, I’m a little tight today but tomorrow I’ll have my hips and back lined up, do the right recovery and I’ll feel fine.’ Once you’re able to get that rest, you’re fine the next day. It just held on a little longer. It not an injury, it’s more a muscle that didn’t want to settle down. Something in my alignment was off.”‘

Amerks’ Tyson Strachan offers Sabres depth   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I’d be lying to say those things don’t come into your mind,” Strachan said earlier this month inside KeyBank Center. “Obviously, you think about everything that’s possible. At the end of the day, you’re confident. There’s nothing you can do about it other than just get yourself prepared.”’