The Sabres Report - February 4, 2016

Secondary scoring leads Sabres past Canadiens

‘”We were talking in the coaches’ office before the game on where we were going to get our goals,” Bylsma said. “Some of those names were mentioned and they came through tonight.”‘

The Sabres Report - February 3, 2016

Foligno advances to line with Eichel   

Buffalo News:

‘”I think Marcus is playing his best hockey right now,” Bylsma said. “He’s playing big and strong, he skates well and is a physical presence for us all year. I’m pretty eager to see him on that wing, to see if he can be a guy that can not only provide speed and physicality but can be the benefactor of being a guy at the net and finish plays from Jack and Zemgus.”‘

What to do with eight healthy defensemen?   

Buffalo News:

‘Mike Weber and Carlo Colaiacovo will sit out Wednesday’s game in Montreal but Bylsma said he expects to see seven of the eight play over the next four days, when the team has the matchup with the Habs and a home-and-home series against Boston.’

Sabres’ Zemgus Girgensons finding offensive game beside Jack Eichel   

Olean Times Herald:

‘That speed, especially Eichel’s, can be lethal. Combine that with Girgensons’ physicality and ability to create space, and Bylsma might have finally found a regular sidekick for Eichel after months of searching. Bylsma plans to have winger Marcus Foligno join them tonight in the Sabres’ first game following the NHL All-Star break.’

Healthy Sabres defense corps presents problem   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I expect to see seven guys get in the lineup the next three games, for sure,” Bylsma said this afternoon inside the First Niagara Center. “Yes, we’re also (close) to the trade deadline. I think that will be a factor in play as well.”’

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Sabres' O'Reilly returns from the All Star Game   


‘O’Reilly is extremely disappointed with where the team sits and he says the time is now, “We have to get going right away and if we want to have success it has to be one game at a time. It’s going to be tough, all you have to do is look at the standings and you can see where we are, so we just treat every game like it’s our last one because it’s not going to be easy to climb out of this hole we’re in and get back into the hunt.”’

Bylsma likes Girgensons-Eichel as a pair   


‘”Zemgus carries the puck, we’ve seen Jack carry the puck and he can clearly carry the puck and lug the mail. If you focus on Zemgus carrying the puck up the ice and Jack starts from 50-60 feet away in full speed, he’s not your focus as a defenceman and all of a sudden he’s upon you and by you and Zemgus carries the puck and gets it to the net” Bylsma said. “So to have a guy like Zemgus who can skate well himself and move the puck up the ice, I think it can be a real added benefit to have Jack use that speed away from the puck. You’re going to continue to see Zemgus next to Jack there for a little bit.”‘

Sabres prep for final 32 games of the season   


‘“Coming back from the break, guys are kind of refreshed,” Sam Reinhart, who has missed the last three games, told reporters on Tuesday. “Ready to go in now and make a push.”‘

Sabres maintaining simple approach for post All-Star push

‘”I think that’s good for us and then you look at our locker room, we’ve been pretty prone to injuries this year,” Jack Eichel said after practice on Tuesday. “You see [Deslauriers] on the ice, he brings a lot of energy to our team, he’s a key component. You see Sam’s getting healthy, obviously we all know how good he can be … We’re starting to come around.”‘

The Sabres Report - February 2, 2016

Recharged Sabres set to rock and roll   

Buffalo News:

‘“It’s a crucial time in the year, and you need this break at this time to really do that final push,” Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges said Monday. “You need that little rest, recharge the batteries, recharge the mind-set and be ready for that push at the end of the year.”’

Eichel hopes extra work will pay off   

Buffalo News:

‘“That’s something I think I still need to get a lot better at and something I’ve talked to the coaches about and talked to the older guys,” Eichel said. “Just preparing for practice and making sure I take advantage every day I’m on the ice with these guys and try to get better, then it’s going to translate to the games. I feel like those times when I’ve had better days in practice it’s translated to the game a lot better for me.”’

Sabres feel rested, ready for final stretch following break   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Gorges, out five of the last six games with an upper-body injury, practiced fully and should be able to play, Bylsma said. Ditto for winger Nick Deslauriers, who has missed the last 11 games with a lower-body injury.’

Sabres getting healthier   


‘Two of the injured were back at practice. Nick Deslauriers went full bore while Sam Reinhart was wearing the red non-contact jersey, but did everything. Dan Bylsma said, “Sam Reinhart has been skating over the break and there’s a good chance we’ll see him hopefully progress to full practice tomorrow.” Bylsma wanted to see that practice before he committed to Reinhart playing Wednesday in Montreal.’

Sabres' Eichel honored by the NHL   


‘In his last five games Eichel has three goals and four assists for seven points.’