The Sabres Report - November 19, 2015

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.’

Thursday's Rochester Coverage

Makarov’s stellar play for Amerks goes unrewarded (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Brendan Leipsic’s overtime goal powers Marlies past Americans 1-0 (CP)
Makarov shines in 1-0 overtime loss to Toronto (
Marlies Edge Out Americans 1-0 in Overtime (

The Sabres Report - November 18, 2015

Sabres fall as Ennis crosses the line for second time in a week   

Buffalo News:

‘“It’s easy to see when it’s in slow motion and you’ve got the replay,” Ennis said, “but I’ve got to stay onside. That’s the bottom line. … Offsides has been around for a long time. I’ve got to get to know that rule a little better.”’

Marked by Buffalo, Ruff aims for the Stars   

Buffalo News:

‘“I don’t even need to say anything about this city,” Ruff said. “Just great people. It was a great place to play and an even better place to coach. And it’s still a great place to live. Wherever the future lies, it lies, but when you spend 30 years in one city, you’ve always got a soft spot for it.”’

Kane skates with team, anxious to get back   

Buffalo News:

‘“I feel like I could play today but they’re being cautious and I have to listen to them so hopefully we’ll be back on that trip,” Kane said Tuesday morning. The trip he’s referring to includes Sabres road games at St. Louis on Thursday and at Dallas on Saturday. He said he will make the trip with the team and is hopeful to return to the lineup.”‘

Quick hits: Stars 3, Sabres 1   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres also aren’t scoring at home. Buffalo has scored once in three of the last four home games.’

Late overturned goal costs Sabres in loss to Stars   

Olean Times Herald:

‘For the third time in 19 games this season, an offside call reversed a Sabres goal. For the second time, it negated a late two-goal comeback at home. An Evander Kane goal was wiped out opening night.’

Lindy Ruff returns to Buffalo with elite Stars team   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I think our setup is very similar, where we’re pretty deep when it comes to scoring, probably three, four lines deep,” Ruff said about the two teams. “A lot of times you go on the road and the other teams are doing a pretty good job against your top line limiting opportunities, but our secondary scoring has been able to push through and help us win games.’

Sabres lose challenge, game 3-1 to Stars   

Batavia Daily News:

‘“It hurts not to score the goal,” Bylsma added. “But it’s the right call. I like the fact that we’re getting it right even though it’s disappointing and it’s hurt us three times.”’

Wednesday's Dallas Coverage

Savvy coach’s challenge from Lindy Ruff helps preserve Stars’ win over Buffalo (Dallas Morning News)
Return to Buffalo doesn’t have same intensity as it once did for Stars coach Lindy Ruff (Dallas Morning News)
Travis Moen healthy and nearing return for the Stars (Dallas Morning News)
Patrick Eaves returns to lineup for Stars after 15 game absence (Dallas Morning News)
Cold Facts: Stars off to franchise-best start with 3-1 win over Sabres (Dallas Morning News)
Coach’s challenge helps Stars hold off Sabres (
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)