The Sabres Report - February 19, 2017

Sabres recall F Baptiste from Rochester   

The Sports Xchange:

‘The 6-foot-1, 206-pound Baptiste was selected by the Sabres in the third round of the 2016 NHL draft. He made his NHL debut with Buffalo during the 2016-17 season and has two goals in 12 games.’

Sabres Hold Off Blues 3-2   


‘Lehner has faced 35 or more shots in 10 of his last 12 games.’

From The Locker Room: Sabres-Blues   


‘”They came out pretty strong, kind of like how Colorado did the other night there, in the first few shifts. Once we got that goal we kind of settled in. Obviously we knew we were playing a much better team in St. Louis this afternoon. They scored first and we needed to respond and that’s what we did.”‘

The Sabres waive a defenseman and call up a forward   


‘In 25 games with Buffalo Fedun has no goals and seven assists.’

5 Observations: Sabres take down Blues 3-2   


‘As the trade deadline rapidly approaches talk of trading Kane will run rampant. If the Sabres can get a bonafide top-tier defender then I understand the logic, but for any less I think the Sabres need to keep Kane. He’s scoring at an incredible rate and looks like the player General Manager Tim Murray traded for two years ago. There’s off the ice issues to keep in mind, but on the ice, Kane has been fantastic.’

Report: Sabres place Taylor Fedun on waivers   


‘While I like Fedun, the Sabres have been turning to fellow Rochester call-up Justin Falk more and more. Fedun without question provides more offense, but Falk is a big body that can log minutes on the penalty kill.’

Robin Lehner, Sabres defeat Blues

‘Buffalo (26-23-10) has won three straight games. St. Louis (31-23-5) had a six game win streak ended.’

Kane, Baptiste tally 2 points each in win over Blues

‘”I think we had a lot of speed on our line,” Baptiste said. “Jack’s so good with the puck, you’ve got to get open for him. On that play when we scored, he cut to the middle and I was able to find a hole. He put the puck on my tape and it was just a great play.”‘

Sabres recall Baptiste

‘Baptiste (6’1″, 206 lbs., 8/4/1995) is currently tied for eighth in the AHL with 19 goals and has added 11 assists for 30 points in 42 games for Rochester this season. The Ottawa, Ontario native is in his second pro season and has totaled 58 points (32+26) in 104 career AHL games.’

Sunday's Rochester Coverage

Amerks drop 4th straight with loss to Binghamton (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Surging B-Sens top Rochester, 4-3 (Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin)
Amerks rally in third but fall just short to B-Sens (
Blunden scores late as B-Sens down Amerks 4-3 (

The Sabres Report - February 18, 2017

Sabres' Rodrigues performing well on center stage   

Buffalo News:

‘“It’s been a nice thing to see Evan being able to step in there and do good things,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said Friday. “I don’t want to say I’m surprised, but great intelligence, some good hockey smarts and sense on both sides of the puck, in particular defensively.”’

Sabres Notebook: Streaks collide; Lehner hot; injuries   

Buffalo News:

‘Buffalo will close a stretch of 11 games in 18 days with back-to-back home games. St. Louis will visit KeyBank Center at 1 p.m. Saturday, while the Chicago Blackhawks come to town at 6 p.m. Sunday. They’re a combined 11-0 in the past 11 games.’

Sabres goalie Robin Lehner thriving with heavy workload   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“We’re going to keep riding that guy as we go forward,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said Friday inside HarborCenter. “Every one of these games is a huge game for us. We’re going to see Robin in there quite a bit.”’

Sabres’ Cody Franson ready to play; Derek Grant out   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Center Derek Grant, who injured his shoulder late in the first period Thursday, “had a decent amount of good news from his evaluation today,” Bylsma said. Still, Grant has some weakness and is likely out this weekend, Bylsma said.

Saturday's Saint Louis Coverage

Blues-Sabres preview (Saint Louis Post Dispatch)
Sabres aim to continue push vs. Blues (AP)
Preview: Blues at Sabres (
Game Notes: Feb. 18 at Buffalo (
Projected Lineup: Feb. 18 at Buffalo (