October 23rd, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Mike Matisz
Just over one week ago the Buffalo Sabres were referred to as pee-wee players when it came to measuring up against the Anaheim Ducks.
The outcome of that game was a dismal 5-1 loss on home ice, mustering up only 12 shots while giving up 44 shots.
The game was a disaster in all facets of the game. The Sabres appeared as if they weren't willing to put in an effort to win, or stay in the game. The effort is what brought about the pee-wee comment from head coach Ted Nolan.
So how does a 4-1 loss on the road make them any better?
The Sabres had times of sustained pressure. The team took a total of 23 shots and only gave up 34. For the majority of the first two periods, the Sabres kept up with the Ducks, and didn't look like a lesser talent.
If the Sabres hadn't run into one of the hottest goaltenders in the league, the Ducks have Frederik Andersen between the pipes making highlight reel saves every night.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 23rd, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Mike Matisz
The Buffalo Sabres were in Anaheim to face-off against the Ducks Wednesday, but Sabres fans still flocked to First Niagara Center to see Connor McDavid and his Erie Otters take on the Niagara Ice Dogs.
McDavid, who may be the number one pick in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft, is considered to be a generational talent much like Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin or Steven Stamkos.
Before their regular season game at First Niagara Center, the Erie Otters were 8-0-0-1 which led the league. In those nine games, McDavid had 25 points, tallying eight goals and 17 assists.
Then McDavid took to the ice in Buffalo and put on a show, tallying a goal and three assists en route to an 8-4 win over.
The energy at First Niagara Center was electric as McDavid took the ice as many Sabres fans share a common goal of having the young forward wear the Blue and Gold after next year's draft.
McDavid didn't disappoint the 11,000+ fans who came to the game, moving easily through the Ice Dogs' defense and tallying his three assists in the first period alone.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 23rd, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr
The Buffalo Sabres have scored eight goals in their seven games so far this season.
Tyler Ennis has three of them.
Ennis scored Buffalo's only goal in last night's 4-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, but the tally put him ahead of all players on the team in the goal department. Ennis' point total (3) matches Drew Stafford and Marcus Foligno for most on the team thus far as well.
Ennis signed a contract extension with the team this offseason and appears to be set on proving he is worth the money. With a roster full of young talent, Ennis is one of the veterans Ted Nolan will look to for leadership, both on and off the ice.
The Sabres have had a rough start to the season, winning just one of seven games. Buffalo's energy was a key that Nolan wanted to address in last night's game, and he got that energy from Ennis. Not only did he score the only goal for the Sabres, he was all over the ice. Ennis had an extra jump in his step last night, as he sped through Anaheim defenders looking to create scoring chances.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 23rd, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr
The Buffalo Sabres dropped their first game of their four-game road trip against the Anaheim Ducks, but they were able to avoid setting a lowly franchise record.
The Sabres were in danger of being shutout for a third-straight game, something the franchise has never done before. Tyler Ennis made sure that wouldn't happen with his goal with close to five minutes left in the third period. The Sabres were only down 2-1 at that point, but ultimately lost the game 4-1. Michal Neuvirth got the start in goal for Buffalo, and allowed three goals on 34 shots. He was able to keep Buffalo in the game for the most part, but crumbled at the end of the game.
Buffalo did display more energy in the loss, which was something head coach Ted Nolan was looking for. They couldn't, however, stop Corey Perry. Perry scored a hat trick against the Sabres, clinching the accomplishment with an empty-net goal. He scored the first goal of the game for either team as well, and also answered Ennis' goal rather quickly.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 22nd, 2014 at 5:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101
The Buffalo Sabres couldn't really be starting their West Coast trip at a worse time.
The struggling Sabres begin their three-game California jaunt tonight against the Anaheim Ducks (10:30 p.m., MSG) The Ducks have won five straight games to vault to the top of the Pacific Division. The Sabres, meanwhile, are coming off back-to-back shutout losses at home.
The Sabres have only seven goals in their first six games this season, something coach Ted Nolan knows has to change. He's been directing his players to shoot more – and they have – but he wants the work ethic ratcheted up even more:
"Right now, it's not good enough," he told WGR 550AM Radio. "The only people who can get ourselves out of this mess right now is ourselves. We know we're not playing that well."
Things won't get easier after Wednesday. The Sabres also have dates in Los Angeles and San Jose over the next week. The gauntlet they have to run through has them playing teams with a combined 13-3-2 record as of Wednesday.
A key to turning things around could be the power play. Buffalo is 0-for-22 this year with the man advantage.Read more... Join the Conversation...