The Sabres Report - November 20, 2015

Blues Outlast Sabres 3-2 in Shootout   


‘Sam Reinhart and Ryan O’Reilly’s second-period goals tied the score 2-2 and it stayed that way through the end of regulation. Both sides had ample opportunity to win it in OT — with perhaps the best chance coming from Vladimir Tarasenko who ripped a shot off the post during a clean breakaway — but St. Louis prevailed in the shootout on Alex Steen’s winner.’

Sabres-Blues: From the Locker Room   


‘On Eichel not taking part in the shootout: “We had Matt Moulson on the go as well. He’s got some good statistics. I didn’t overlook [Eichel] for any reason other than we had good players in that spot ahead of him.”‘

Time to challenge the NHL coach's challenge   


‘There are three problems I have with the new coach’s challenge. First, the NHL is in no position to take goals away. Scoring has been on the decline every year since 2007. Some nights it feels like it would take a minor miracle just to get a shot through the maze of players on the ice standing between the puck and the goalie, let alone get that shot by the goalie.’

Blues top Sabres on Steen's shootout goal

‘”It’s frustrating, you know,” he said. “I thought we had a good jumping start. We have to be better in the PK. It’s my responsibility as well. Power play again; two 5-on-3’s, that’s a must-convert. That’s on me. I had multiple chances to bury them.”‘

Special teams dictates Sabres' shootout loss against Blues

‘Forwards O’Reilly and Sam Reinhart both scored for Buffalo in the loss. Ullmark made 27 saves, including three in a wild overtime period that found Buffalo unsuccessful on consecutive odd-man rushes followed by a breakaway opportunity for St. Louis’ Vladimir Tarasenko that produced a shot off the post.’

Gretzky on Eichel: 'He's fun to watch'

‘“I think the difference between myself and McDavid and Eichel [is] when I came in, there were still some question marks about my ability and my size,” Gretzky said. “I wasn’t really labeled a ‘Can’t Miss’ like McDavid and Eichel. I was labeled as half the people thought, ‘OK, he could be a player’ and half the people thought, well, once I get against men, my size would catch up to me.’

Friday's Rochester Coverage

Amerks’ Matt Donovan fixin’ to face former teammates (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

The Sabres Report - November 19, 2015

Blue line is back for Buffalo with Bogosian’s return   

Buffalo News:

‘“Zach really can be the anchor of our group back there,” Bylsma said before praising the No. 1 pair of Gorges and Ristolainen. “A lot of the responsibility of checking and playing against top units has fallen on them, and they’ve done a real good job of doing that.’

Kane ready to go, will return Thursday   

Buffalo News:

‘Kane was flying during practice, and he ended the session by skating up to coach Dan Bylsma and providing an update on the injury.’

Sabres forwards struggling to generate offense   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Entering tonight’s road tilt against the St. Louis Blues, the Sabres have scored 40 goals in 18 games, 2.22 a contest. That’s a 182-goal pace. For some perspective, that would be the third-lowest full-season total in franchise history after an NHL record-low 150-goal 2013-14 season and a pathetic 154-goal campaign last year.’

Sabres’ Evander Kane wants to play Thursday   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“You know what they say, an MCL doesn’t really heal up for 12 weeks, so it’s just more of the fact I don’t have any pain right now,” Kane said.’

Thursday's Saint Louis Coverage

Blues can’t take Sabres lightly (Saint Louis Post Dispatch)
Preview: Blues vs. Sabres (Saint Louis Post Dispatch)
Sabres-Blues Preview (AP)
Sabres’ Kane could make return against Blues (

Sabres' Kane likely to play Thursday   


‘Kane did the same thing to the other knee last season in Winnipeg. He said he wore a brace then too, “I did yes, I think after wearing it last year I knew what to expect a little bit, so it only takes a couple of skates and I kind of get used to it and I forget about it being there.”’

Youth, improved metrics suggest Sabres improved

‘After years of familiar faces on the ice, behind the bench, and in the front office, the Sabres have undergone a complete overhaul during the past three seasons. At first, the rebuild didn’t exactly go smoothly, with the Sabres finishing last in the League two seasons in a row, even losing the NHL Draft Lottery on each of those occasions. Now, thanks to its organizational strength beginning to bear fruit, its notable upgrade behind the bench, and new GM Tim Murray’s shrewd late-season and summer acquisitions, Buffalo is a competitive team again.’

Kane a possibility to play Thursday

‘“Well he’s been telling me about his progress for about four or five days now,” Bylsma said after confirming that Kane was a possibility to play Thursday.’