Olofsson named NHL Rookie of the Month for October

Buffalo Sabres right wing Victor Olofsson , who led all rookies with 6-4-10 and six power-play goals in 13 games, has been named the NHL’s “Rookie of the Month” for October.

Olofsson edged Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Ilya Mikheyev (4-6-10 in 14 GP), Vancouver Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes (1-9-10 in 12 GP), Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (1-9-10 in 12 GP) and Washington Capitals goaltender Ilya Samsonov (4-1-0, 2.46 GAA, .913 SV%) for the honor. Read More

Sabres hang on for point as home winning streak comes to an end

For the most part this season, scoring first has wrought positive results for Sabres. They entered their contest against the Arizona Coyotes on Monday having notched the first goal in nine of their 12 games, tied for the most in the NHL. They went 8-1-0 in those contests.

The Sabres scored the first two goals against the Coyotes, but never tallied a third. Read More

Krueger has Sabres playing connected during fast start

It’s a phrase Jack Eichel and his Buffalo Sabres teammates can’t miss. On this night, it’s written on a sign adorning the door to the visitors dressing room at Madison Square Garden. It’s talked about wherever the Sabres go thanks to new coach Ralph Krueger.

“That’s a big message from Ralph, being connected, being on the same page,” said Eichel, the Sabres captain. “It’s more than just being on the ice. It’s off the ice, locker room, weight room, everything we do we try to be together as much as we can as a group. It’s important.” Read More

Sabres rebound with shutout victory over Red Wings

The Buffalo Sabres have found an ability to positively respond after a disappointing loss. The only two regulation games they’ve lost so far this season have come on the front half of a back-to-back set, and they’ve come back both times with shutout victories the next game.

Back on Oct. 16, they opened a three-game road trip with a disappointing 5-2 loss in Anaheim. The next night, they blanked the Kings 3-0 on the strength of a superb defensive effort. Read More

Sabres Recall Borgen From Amerks

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has recalled defenseman Will Borgen from the Rochester Americans (AHL).

Borgen earns his first recall this season and second overall after appearing in four games with the Sabres during the 2018-19 campaign. A native of Moorhead, Minn., Borgen has appeared in all seven games with the Amerks this season, recording a team-high 27 penalty minutes and a plus-two on-ice rating. Read More

Sabres upended by the Rangers, 6-2

Three first period goals for the New York Rangers helped pace the team to a 6-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The Sabres got two second period goals from defenseman Marco Scandella and forward Vladimir Sobotka, but Buffalo ended up shooting themselves with some sloppy play and mistakes that resulted in goals for the Rangers. Read More

Krueger: We created a system where we let players’ genius execute

The Buffalo Sabres have been able to keep up their hot start to the 2019-20 season, now at 8-1-1 after Tuesday’s 4-3 overtime win over the San Jose Sharks at KeyBank Center.

With Buffalo’s 17 points in the standings through the first 10 games, it has the team atop the overall NHL standings. In the Atlantic Division, Buffalo currently sits three points ahead of the Boston Bruins, five points ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and six points ahead of the Florida Panthers. Read More

Sabres’ Eichel takes over the game in a win over San Jose

Jack Eichel said he thought he could’ve played better out west. He said that he’s much better when he’s moving his feet and was he ever on Tuesday.

Eichel had two goals and two assists to get the Sabres past San Jose, 4-3 in overtime. On the overtime goal, it came about because on the only rush the Sharks had in overtime, Casey Mittelstadt hustled back to break up a play that could’ve been a tap in. Read More

Sabres beat Sharks again, 4-3 in overtime

Backed by a four-point effort from captain Jack Eichel, the Buffalo Sabres downed the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night to complete the home-and-home sweep of their Western Conference foes.

Eichel had a factor in all four Buffalo goals scored at KeyBank Center, including the game-winner in overtime where he scored with 1:47 to go to give the Sabres a 4-3 win. Read More

Eichel tallies 4 points as Sabres stay undefeated at home

Jack Eichel began his night against the San Jose Sharks with a scoring chance on his first shift. The Sabres captain caught a pass from linemate Sam Reinhart in tight to the net and chose to forego a shot, opting instead to send a return pass that skipped by Reinhart and out toward the blue line.

A similar play happened to begin the second period when Eichel put his world-class skating on display during a rush to the net and again opted to attempt a pass to Reinhart. In both cases, he knew he had chances to shoot. And yes, he heard the fans telling him too. Read More