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Jhonas Enroth Making Most of Opportunity with Michal Neuvirth Injured

November 23rd, 2014 at 5:00 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

Michal Neuvirth seemed to be skating away with the No. 1 goaltending role for the Buffalo Sabres until he was injured in Tuesday night's game against the San Jose Sharks.

Jhonas Enroth knew that it would be one of the few opportunities he had to prove he is worthy of a No. 1 spot, and he is doing everything he can to prove that.

Enroth has won his last two games, including Tuesday when he relieved Neuvirth. He made 62 saves on 64 shots in those two games, and is making a case for head coach Ted Nolan to consider keeping him in a regular rotation.

Leading up to Tuesday's game, Enroth had not been very good. In fact, his numbers were atrocious. Enroth allowed 16 goals in three games, two of which came against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Neuvirth seemed to spark the team, leaving Enroth on the bench, and wondering if he would get another legitimate chance to prove he can be a starter in the NHL.

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Torrey Mitchell Turning into Valuable Asset for Buffalo Sabres

November 23rd, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

When Torrey Mitchell was acquired by the Buffalo Sabres, the thought was that he would be another fourth-liner that would provide a bit of grit.

Mitchell has proven to do more than that thus far this season.

Mitchell scored the game-winning goal last night to propel the Sabres to a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals. The win was Buffalo's third in a row, and the goal marked two in four games for Mitchell.

Mitchell's game has steadily progressed recently. He was a plus-three Tuesday night against the San Jose Sharks, and head coach Ted Nolan after the game commended his play, noting it was worth a star if he hadn't received one. He wasn't one of the three stars of that game, but he did earn second-star honors last night.

With Mitchell playing well, Nolan finds himself in a conundrum. Patrick Kaleta was cleared to return to play since preseason-surgery kept him out of the lineup for the start of the season. He has since played one game for the Sabres. Granted, Kaleta faced issues with the snow storm that ravaged Western New York, but the feeling around the team is that he wasn't getting into the lineup these past two games had he been able to get to them.

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Buffalo Sabres are No Longer ‘An Easy Two Points’

November 23rd, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

Coming into this season, Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray said that the goal was for the team to not be an easy two points for opponents, and while it may have taken some time, it appears the Sabres are finally achieving that goal.

Since being manhandled by the Pittsburgh Penguins on No. 8, Buffalo has been a real thorn in the side of their opponents. Sure, they gave up six goals to the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues, but three of the goals against St. Louis came on a power play after Nicolas Deslauriers took a spearing penalty. The Sabres also put three in the net against Minnesota, giving them a fight.

The loss against the Wild was the last one Buffalo has suffered thus far. The Sabres are on a three-game winning streak, outscoring their opponents 12-4 in those games. The collective effort seems to be coming together for Buffalo, and if they can keep it up, this season will be a success according to the goal that Murray set for the team.

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Buffalo Sabres Edge Washington Capitals for Third-Straight Win

November 22nd, 2014 at 9:48 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Sabres are on a sudden hot streak, as they win their third-straight game tonight with a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals.

Matt Moulson opened the scoring in the second period, and Matt Niskanen answered early in the third period. Torrey Mitchell found a loose puck during a scrum in front of the Washington net, and sent it home, giving the Sabres the lead. The goal would prove to be the game-winner, mostly because of the goaltending performance.

Jhonas Enroth stopped 43-of-44 shots in the game and was under fire for most of the game. The win gives Enroth his third of the season.

The Sabres are getting production from their top line again with Moulson's tally. Both Tyler Ennis and Zemgus Girgensons earned assists on the goal, as the scoring line is showing some life.

The Sabres were also very disciplined during tonight's game. Buffalo took just one penalty, aside from the fighting major Marcus Foligno earned with his bout against Michael Latta. Mike Weber took the only minor penalty for Buffalo tonight for hooking, though Niskanen capitalized on the power play.

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Buffalo Sabres Return to Ice Saturday Against Washington Capitals

November 22nd, 2014 at 5:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

If there is a bright side to the massive snowfall that Buffalo's seen this week, it's that the Buffalo Sabres ended up with an extra day to savor their first winning streak of the season.

Buffalo's home game against the New York Rangers on Friday was canceled because of the snow, seven feet of which fell in some parts of Western New York. The team announced Friday that the game will be rescheduled to Feb. 20.

The Sabres have therefore been off since Tuesday, when they beat the San Jose Sharks in a game that saw fewer than 7,000 fans attend due to the first wave of snowfall. That game gave the Sabres their first winning streak of the year, coming off a 6-2 thrashing of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Sabres will try to keep that momentum going Saturday at the Washington Capitals (7 p.m., MSG). In addition to the Sabres' winning streak of the year, the two games are an unprecedented offensive burst for Buffalo this year. The 10 goals scored in those games represent a whopping 29.4 percent of the team's goal output for the year through 20 games.

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