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Buffalo Sabres Get Surge of Confidence Amid Rare Winning Streak

November 25th, 2014 at 5:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The Buffalo Sabres are riding a wave entering Thanksgiving week that the club hasn't felt much over the past few years.

Confidence.

The Sabres are in the midst of their first three-game winning streak since last February, most recently claiming a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals. The Sabres broke out their offense before that in wins over the Toronto Maple Leafs and San Jose Sharks.

Their 12 goals over those three games represent one-third of their total scoring output for the season over 21 games. Secondary scorers like Brian Gionta and Brian Flynn have found their touch of late, helping the Sabres boost what remains the league's worst offense.

The Sabres still sit at 6-13-2, so there's no one thinking about the playoffs. But the streak is enough to give the team a boost and keep it with some hope of climbing out of the Atlantic Division basement (the Florida Panthers are ahead of them with 20 points).

"Confidence is everything in this league. That's no secret," forward Torrey Mitchell said after Monday's practice. You get some wins under your belt, you start feeling pretty good about yourself. It makes a big difference just showing up on a practice day. We have that right now. We just need to keep it going."
The team's also gotten some timely goaltending during the streak, surrendering only five goals in that span. Jhonas Enroth made 43 saves Saturday to keep the Sabres in that game until a late goal gave them the win.
Coach Ted Nolan said the team's work ethic has been impressive, especially considering how far the team had sunk over the first part of the season:
"In the last couple weeks, things have slowly started turning, and when you get a couple wins through your work and you see the results, obviously it makes you believe a little bit more. Right now, the guys feel good about themselves. They've got good spirits. Now we've just got to try to keep it going."
The team will go for four in a row Wednesday when it hosts the Winnipeg Jets; Enroth will start again in that game. That's followed by a tough home-and-home series after Thanksgiving against the NHL's best team, the Montreal Canadiens.
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Buffalo Sabres Have Established a High Asking Price for Defenseman Tyler Myers

November 25th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Mike Matisz

The Buffalo Sabres have been linked to trades involving their defenseman Tyler Myers since the season has begun. It only recently became a bit clearer what the Sabres have been asking for in return.

According to TSN's Matthew Sekeres, the Sabres could be asking for at least a top prospect for their top line defenseman.

The Hockey News wrote:

"TSN’s Matthew Sekeres suggests the Canucks should inquire further about the availability of Buffalo Sabres blueliner Tyler Myers as a short- and long-term option. The asking price, however, will be expensive. When the Detroit Red Wings earlier this year asked about Myers, the Sabres requested one of their top prospects (Anthony Mantha or Dylan Larkin) as part of the return. The Canucks lack sufficient prospect depth to make a serious pitch."

This news came to light as Sekeres pondered who the Vancouver Canucks should ship for as a long-term defensive option. He linked that to the Detroit Red Wings' inquisition earlier this season.

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Buffalo Sabres Continue to Rise in the Hockey News’ Power Rankings

November 25th, 2014 at 1:07 PM
By Mike Matisz

The Buffalo Sabres have continued their win streak on to three with another game tonight against the Winnipeg Jets. Because of the recently hot Sabres, The Hockey News has moved Buffalo up in the rankings, this time up to 21.

The Sabres are up six spots since last week, and went 3-0-0 in the week despite having a game postponed due to the snow storm.

Here is what The Hockey News said of the Sabres this week.

"What? Would you want to play the Sabres these days? They’ve won three in a row and they’re tied with the Islanders for being the hottest team in the league at the moment. Coming up: A home date against Winnipeg, then a home-and-home against Montreal."

The Sabres have a tough week ahead with the aforementioned home-and-home with the Canadiens. This week should be a good barometer of how far the Sabres have come this season as Montreal are near the top of the standings.

For those watching, the other two teams who owe the Sabres their first round picks in the NHL Entry Draft are currently at the top of the rankings.

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Buffalo Sabres’ Michal Neuvirth to Serve as Backup to Jhonas Enroth Wednesday

November 25th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

When Michal Neuvirth was injured in the first period of Tuesday's game against the San Jose Sharks, Buffalo Sabres head coach Ted Nolan was no optimistic that he would return to action right away.

Neuvirth missed Saturday's game against the Washington Capitals, but is apparently well enough to serve as the backup goaltender to Jhonas Enroth when the Sabres host the Winnipeg Jets.

Sabres.com reports that Enroth will start Wednesday, after playing two solid games in a row. Enroth had struggled this season, while Neuvirth provided consistent play that kept him on the ice. However, with his injury, Nolan is opting to slowly work Neuvirth back into the lineup, while riding the hot hand in Enroth. Enroth stopped 43 shots Saturday when the Sabres edged the Capitals. His strong performance was one that the Sabres needed from the goaltender that had been waiting for his shot at a No. 1 role.

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Buffalo Sabres’ Cody McCormick Nursing Concussion After Saturday’s Game

November 25th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

Cody McCormick has become a more balanced forward for the Buffalo Sabres this season, as he has found a way to contribute offensively, but he may be sitting out a while as he undergoes concussion protocol.

McCormick apparently suffered a head injury in Saturday's win over the Washington Capitals. The team's website is reporting that the Sabres are being cautious with the gritty forward, and rightfully so.

McCormick has three assists on the season and has seemed to be more comfortable handling the puck. He has created offensive chances with moves nobody in Buffalo ever expected to see from him. McCormick is known for being an energy player that brings a physical element to the game, but he is starting to show promise as a secondary scorer.

The NHL, like every major sports league, has emphasized the importance of caution when dealing with head injuries. McCormick will not see the ice again until he is cleared through the protocol. The Sabres are likely to recall a center from the Rochester Americans for Wednesday's game against the Winnipeg Jets, assuming that McCormick will not be available. The Sabres will also have Patrick Kaleta available to dress, though he does not play center.

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