Next 5 Games:
October 25 @ Florida Panthers 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
October 26 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
October 28 vs Dallas Stars 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
October 31 @ New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
November 2 vs Anaheim Ducks 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Coming off their first win of the season on Tuesday, the Sabres hoped to continue to progress. However, a quick start by the Canucks made that difficult.
“It’s frustrating. We had a lot of reasons to build off last game and we just came out flat,” Sabres center Cody Hodgson said. “They dominated the first. They had power play after power play and we just didn’t generate any offense.”
Chris Higgins, Brad Richardson and Ryan Stanton scored for Vancouver. Roberto Luongo turned aside 25 shots to earn the shutout.
Sabres coach Ron Rolston addressed the issue of dealing with a frustrated team in his postgame press conference.
“Frustration is how they do it. If we don’t play the right way, they’re creating their own frustration. They’ve got to figure that out,” he said. “…We’re frustrated, but we’ll get through it.”
Vancouver started the game with a flurry of offensive chances. Their first power-play opportunity came 37 seconds into the game and they recorded eight shots on goal in the first 1:49 of play.
“It started from the first shift on,” Sabres co-captain Thomas Vanek said. “They should’ve had two goals and [Miller] kept us in it. We knew that’s a good team over there, a puck possession team and they showed it early and often. We couldn’t match it.”
The Canucks eventually found the back of the net with 7:51 to play in the period. Higgins scored to give Vancouver a 1-0 lead in a period in which they outshot the Sabres 19-7.
Avalanche aim to get back in win column vs. Sabres
Big story: The Avalanche will try to rebound from their first loss of the season while the Sabres are looking to get back to where they were two games ago, when they beat the New York Islanders in a shootout for their first — and only — victory of the season.
Avalanche: Obviously the Avalanche weren’t going to go 82-0-0, and while coach Patrick Roy was disappointed to lose for the first time in his NHL coaching career, he came out of his team’s 4-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday feeling pretty good.
“We didn’t have the result, but I’m telling you, if we play a lot of games like this, we’re not going to lose that many,” Roy told the Denver Post. “We’ll win our share of games like this.”
Matt Duchene, who had five shots on goal but saw his four-game point-scoring streak snapped, echoed his coach’s sentiments.
“Other than the first period I think we played a good game,” he told the Denver Post. “I really liked our second period and we really battled.”
Sabres: At 1-7-1 and sitting 15th in the Eastern Conference entering the weekend, it’s pretty easy for the Sabres to be a pretty down bunch right now.
So why not have a dance contest?
At the urging of coach Ron Rolston, a few of the team’s younger players did their best “Dancing With the Stars” imitation after practice Friday.
“Twerking on skates,” forward Tyler Ennis said. “That’ll be the first time.”
“You need things to pick your spirits up,” co-captain Steve Ott said. “We have so many young guys that we continue to try to keep the mood light. Had some fun out there on the ice.”
“I thought Girgensons won it,” Ennis said. “I think he was moving pretty good out there. Looked a little bit like Miley Cyrus.”
Who’s hot: Duchene has seven points in his first seven games and leads the Avalanche with five goals. … No player has seen more pucks than Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, but his .935 save percentage through six games is the best of his career.
Next 5 Games:
October 19 vs Colorado Avalanche 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
October 23 vs Boston Bruins 8:00 PM(NBCSN HD)
October 25 @ Florida Panthers 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
October 26 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
October 28 vs Dallas Stars 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(12), Weber(10), Ennis(7), McBain and Pysyk(6)
Chicago: Oduya(14), Hjalmarsson(9), Seabrook(7), Kruger and Keith(5)
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 0-3-0 2.87 GAA .938 SV% 0 SO
Chicago: Corey Crawford 1-1-1 2.93 GAA .890 SV% 0 SO
Last Meeting: January 18, 2012 Blackhawks Won 6-2
Season Series: Blackhawks Won 1-0-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 53-45-13
All-Time at CHI: Blackhawks Lead 30-19-6
March 9 vs Blackhawks 7:30 PM
Last Game Recap:
Early Blue Jackets Lead Sinks Sabres
The Buffalo Sabres fell to 0-4-1 on the season following their 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at First Niagara Center on Thursday.
Thomas Vanek scored for Buffalo and Ryan Miller made 29 saves in the loss. Cam Atkinson, Marian Gaborik, Nick Foligno and Brandon Dubinsky scored for Columbus while Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside 26 shots.
The Blue Jackets skated out of the first period with a 3-1 lead. The Sabres’ defensive pairing of Mike Weber and Tyler Myers was on the ice for those first three Columbus goals.
“[I was] minus-4 tonight. I’m not happy with my game,” Weber said. “I’m not happy with not getting my job done. I’m supposed to be helping keep pucks out of the net. I didn’t get that job done tonight. But again, it’s back to work tomorrow.”
Myers pointed out that the team doesn’t seem to be playing aggressively enough in key moments of games and that has led to errors on both ends of the rink.
“It’s very hesitant out there,” he said. “It looks like we’re scared to make plays so we’re ultimately chipping a lot of pucks, which is not necessarily a bad play at certain times, but there are plays out there to be made. It all starts with defensive positioning, decisions made and work made by myself and that’s something I need to make sure I consistently focus on to keep my game at a high level.”
Miller said that the team can learn a lot from these losses, but that they need to turn things around and start winning hockey games.
“There are expectations in here. It’s not just a learning season. This is about a chance to play for the playoffs and a play for a Stanley Cup and you’re not wasting time,” he said. We burned a few games here. We need to improve but I feel like again, there’s a foundation here and there’s enough talent here. We need to get over the hump and we have to play better. There’s no getting around it. But I think we will.”
Weber also made the assessment that the team is a bit too tentative at times and that they’re searching for answers to their on-ice troubles.
“We’ve got to find a way to take the hesitation out of our game. Find a way to generate offense. Find a way to bear down, make plays,” Weber said. “Again, if someone makes a mistake, we’ve got to find a way to bear down and help him out.”
Fleury stopped 20 of 21 shots Saturday night, leading the Penguins to a 4-1 victory against the Buffalo Sabres at Consol Energy Center.
Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Chuck Kobasew each scored their second goals of the season. Buffalo forward Thomas Vanek ended Fleury’s attempt at a second consecutive shutout with 4:56 left in the game.
“We like our chances if we keep getting those opportunities,” Crosby said. “We didn’t allow a lot of shots against, too, and that’s a big thing. It would’ve been nice to keep it at no score there, but that was a nice goal by Vanek and we’ll keep trying to keep pucks out of our net.”
A day after Ryan Miller was handed a loss despite surrendering one goal on 46 shots to the Ottawa Senators, Enroth stopped 31 of 34 shots and played well enough to keep the Sabres in the game until Kunitz’s goal. But Buffalo’s offense came up short again, especially on the power play.
“We lost three straight games and obviously we’re frustrated,” Enroth said. “I don’t think I made any mistakes. I played solid and I didn’t give up big rebounds and stuff like that, so I felt good today.
“Obviously, we need to score more and the guys are doing their best. We have a couple really good players on this team, too, so I’m sure they’re going to start scoring a couple of goals here in the next couple of games.”
The Sabres are now 0-for-13 on the man-advantage and have scored two goals through three games this season. They failed to convert on two power play chances against Pittsburgh.
“We didn’t generate a lot tonight,” Sabres coach Ron Rolston said. “We just have to be a lot simpler than we were tonight. We pass up opportunities when we do get them and I thought they [the Penguins] played really well.”
Big story: Playing their fourth game in seven days, will the Sabres be able to generate any offense? They have two goals in three games, and already have lost two one-goal games.
Lightning: This will be the third stop on a three-game road trip before a seven-game homestand for the Lightning. The first two legs saw them play the reigning Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins and the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. They’ve played well in both, with a 3-2 shootout win against the Blackhawks on Saturday after trailing 2-0 halfway through the third period. Ben Bishop had 39 saves in the win.
“We needed Ben Bishop to stand tall if we had any chance of coming back and he did,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper told the team’s website. “We got one goal and then we were opportunistic on our power play and we snuck out with a win.”
Sabres: Despite excellent play from goalies Ryan Miller and Jhonas Enroth, it hasn’t translated into wins for the Sabres. That was the case Saturday in a 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in which Enroth made 31 saves but got no offensive support.
“Limiting that team to as many chances as we did, I thought Jhonas played great, but overall, it’s the same story,” Cody Hodgson told the Sabres’ website after the game. “We need to generate offense. One goal isn’t enough.”
Miller, who sat out Saturday with a lower-body injury, is questionable for the game Tuesday. He has stopped 77 of 80 shots in two games this season.
“Our goalies have stood on their heads all three games,” defenseman Mike Weber said. “And it’s unfortunate that we can’t be better in front of them to limit some of their shots and some of their chances. It all comes down to us finding a way to get some offense going, generate some offense and bear down and score goals.”
Who’s hot: Stamkos had two assists in the Lightning’s defeat of the Blackhawks on Saturday.
Ottawa: Craig Anderson 12-9-2 1.69 GAA .941 SV% 3 SO
Last Meeting: April 5 Sabres Won 4-2
Season Series: Senators Won 3-1-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 57-42-17
All-Time vs OTT: Sabres Lead 31-19-7
December 10 vs Senators 7:00 PM
December 12 at Senators 7:30 PM
February 6 at Senators 7:30 PM
Last Game Recap:
Red Wings edge Sabres in Eastern Conference debut
The Detroit Red Wings’ debut in the Eastern Conference was a smashing success.
Mikael Samuelsson and Pavel Datsyuk scored and Jimmy Howard made 19 saves to lead the Red Wings to a 2-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday night. It was the first game for Detroit since shifting to the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference as part of the NHL’s realignment.
“I thought we got off to a great start there,” Howard said. “We took a lot of penalties, so we’re going to have to clean that up, especially early on in the year here, where it seems like it’s more tightly called.”
Zemgus Girgensons scored and Ryan Miller made 32 saves for the Sabres, who went 0-for-7 on the power play in their season debut, including two 5-on-3 man advantages.
“We were right there all night,” Miller said. “We got in a position to tie. I think we were improving as the game went on.”
Detroit raced to a 2-0 lead with two goals in a span of 36 seconds midway through the first period. Samuelsson opened the scoring at 12:05 when he redirected Cory Emmerton’s shot past Miller for the Red Wings’ first goal of the season.
“Tonight, I thought our line did a real good job and obviously Sammy made an unbelievable tip there,” Emmerton said. “As a fourth line, your job is to be hard on teams, have the puck more than them and make it hard for them and when you score goals that just helps the team. I think we did a real good job tonight.”
Datsyuk doubled Detroit’s lead at 12:41 when he intercepted rookie Rasmus Ristolainen’s pass in the Sabres’ zone at the left circle, deked his way into the slot and ripped a backhander past Miller to make it 2-0.
Big story: How will the Senators deal with the loss of former captain Daniel Alfredsson, who after 17 seasons in Ottawa, signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings in the offseason? Who will step up for the Sabres offensively? Buffalo ranked 12th in the Eastern Conference in goals for last season.
Senators: True, they lost in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but Paul MacLean was named coach of the year after leading the Senators to the postseason despite a slew of injuries. Karlsson, Anderson, Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek are all healthy after missing large portions of last season.
After losing Alfredsson, the Senators acquired Bobby Ryan from the Ducks in exchange for Jakob Silfverberg and Stefan Noesen. MacLean promised Ryan’s role with the team will be front and center.
“He’s going to play in a top-six, a top-three role, all the time so it’s a responsibility of preparation on a nightly basis to go with that and we feel he’s ready, he’s already a known factor in the league that he can, he’s scored 30 goals in the league so he’s a bona fide player that can do that and we’re going to give him the opportunities he needs to get better,” MacLean told the Senators’ website on Wednesday.
Sabres: Thomas Vanek, recently named captain for all home games, has eight straight seasons with 20 or more goals and the Sabres will need that out of him again after struggling offensively last season. Buffalo had 20 shots in a 2-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday. Miller was brilliant, allowing two goals on 34 shots; the goals came in a 36-second span in the first period.
“It wasn’t a game that got away from us. It was a game we definitely were in. We could’ve tied it up and if we play that kind of hockey all year against good hockey teams, we’re going to be on the winning side of some of those,” Miller told team’s website. “And if we’re on the losing side, we’re going to have a chance to come back and that’s something good to see. Now we just have to show that we can come back and we’ve got a knack for a little bit of the dramatic at the end.”
The Buffalo Sabres released their training camp roster today (to view the full roster click here for the pdf on Sabres.com).
It’ll be the first time the Sabres’ new coaching staff and players will be together. Ron Rolston was able to assemble his own staff in the offseason. Joe Sacco and Teppo Numminen will bring a wealth of NHL experience to the staff (mostly as players but as coaches as well). Jerry Forton left Harvard to join Rolston this summer here in Buffalo.
The goalies may get more attention from fans with the Ryan Miller trade rumors that have been around for the past season. The Sabres have invited Enroth, Hackett (these two could be the men who replace Miller if he is traded), Knapp, Lieuwen, and Makarov (has turned some heads with his international play).
Per the Sabres, veterans will report on September 11th for physicals and testing.
Beginning Thursday, Sept. 12, the team’s practice sessions at First Niagara Center will be open to the public, with practices being broken down into three sessions.
In addition to the practice sessions, there will be daily scrimmages, alternating between two of the three practice groups, which will take place from 11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, will be an abbreviated practice schedule and an earlier scrimmage time, from 9:15 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.
The Sabres will then open their preseason schedule of games on Sunday, Sept. 15 against the Canadiens in Montreal at 7:30 p.m.
chedule for first week of camp: (all times are subject to change)
The Sabres announced today that long time Play By Play Man Rick Jeanneret has signed an extension to do play by play duties for the next 3 seasons. After the 2015-2016 season Jeanneret will hang up the headset and Dan Dunleavy will take over the play by play duties. Jeanneret who started with the Sabres in the 1971 has been the voice of many great memories over his 40 plus seasons of games. Over the last few years Jeanneret has been honored by the Sabres by going into the Sabres Hall of Fame in 2011, getting the honor from the NHL with the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award in 2012, and last year getting elected into the Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.
Jeanneret will call the majority of the game this season, while Dan Dunleavy gets eased into the position. Dunleavy will be calling 25 Sabres Games this season. Dunleavy was the radio voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs for the past 9 seasons and is also the voice of MLS Toronto FC. Dunleavy will also be a contributor to the Sabres Pre and Post Game Coverage as well as features on Sabres.com.
The Buffalo Sabres made a Roster Move this afternoon placing 25 year old Forward Nathan Gerbe on Waviers. If Gerbe is not claimed by any of the other 29 team the Sabres will then Buy him out. Gerbe at times struggled in his 3 plus season with the organization. Gerbe appeared in 188 games with the Sabres recording 188 Games Recording 72 Points(29 G, 43 A).
In Other News the Sabres Announced the 2013 Preseason Schedule this Afternoon. The Sabres will be playing in 7 games 3 of which will be played at the First Niagara Center. The Sabres host the Carolina Hurricanes on September 19th, The Toronto Maple Leafs on September 21st, and the Columbus Blue Jackets on September 25th. The Regular Season Schedule will come out later this month.