For one period on Friday night, the Buffalo Sabres delivered exactly the type of response that Phil Housley was looking for. Coming off a loss to Arizona in which their effort was deemed unacceptable by the coach and his players alike, the Sabres came out and dominated the Montreal Canadiens for most of the first period.
The one thing the Sabres were unable to do in that period – in which they outshot the Canadiens, 11-6 – was score. Then the second came, and things changed. Artturi Lehkonen scored for the Canadiens off a defensive-zone draw early in the period, which would stand as the deciding goal in a 3-0 loss for the Sabres. Read More
Sabres look for rebound performance against Canadiens
If there’s one area in which the Buffalo Sabres have excelled as of late, it’s the way they’ve performed against teams within their own division. The Sabres are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games against Atlantic Division opponents, a stretch that includes five wins against the division’s top three teams in Tampa Bay, Boston and Toronto.
The Sabres will play seven of their final nine games against divisional opponents, beginning when they host the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night. Read More
Sabres’ Bailey and Beaulieu not playing against Montreal
Phil Housley said the rest of this season is to find out what the team has and to try things. Granted, Justin Bailey did not play well at all against Arizona, but in my mind, he and Victor Antipin need to play every game left in this season.
Bailey is the healthy scratch at forward to go with Nate Beaulieu and Justin Falk on defense. Before the Coyotes game, Bailey was playing very well and using his speed. As to why he’s sitting now Housley said, “I think just changes, I mean we’ve lost the last two games in a row. I think he’s playing hard, he’s playing physical, but we haven’t won in the last two games.” Read More
As the second-to-last week of March is rolling by quickly, the Rochester Americans are less than a month away from concluding their 62nd season of professional hockey in the American Hockey League.
The Amerks currently hold the third spot in the North Division with a record of 30-19-10-6 record with 11 games remaining in the 2017-18 campaign. With a 20-point cushion over the fifth-place Laval Rocket, the Amerks need just three points in the standings to clinch a spot in the Calder Cup Playoffs. Read More
Housley disappointed with effort in loss to Coyotes
Phil Housley had stressed how important the two available points were for the Buffalo Sabres against the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday night. The Sabres began the night trailing the Coyotes by one point at the bottom of the standings, leaving a lot of pride on the line in their matchup.
Having an opportunity to climb out of the cellar made the outcome all the more disappointing. The Sabres only trailed by a goal going into the second intermission but managed just six shots in the third period of an eventual 4-1 loss. Housley voiced his frustration with his team’s work level after the game. Read More
Keller sets Coyotes rookie records in win against Sabres
BUFFALO —Clayton Keller had two assists to break Arizona Coyotes rookie records for points and assists in a 4-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Wednesday.
Keller set up Richard Panik‘s goal for a 3-1 Arizona lead at 6:32 of the third period to pass Peter Mueller for most points (55) and Max Domi for most assists (35) by a Coyotes rookie. Mueller had 54 points in 2007-08, and Domi had 34 assists in 2015-2016. Read More
Predators shut out Sabres to extend point streak to 15