Sabres look to build on positives after preseason loss in Columbus

Defensmen Jake McCabe

Phase 1 of Buffalo Sabres training camp is in the books.

Earlier in the day, before the Sabres flew out to Columbus to play the Blue Jackets in their second preseason game of 2019-20, head coach Ralph Krueger said he and general manager Jason Botterill will be evaluating the group after every two preseason games.

With Buffalo’s 4-1 loss to the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday, the players will enter an off-day while the hockey department staff will begin discussions about how to best proceed with training camp.  Read More

Sabres suffer first preseason loss to Blue Jackets, 4-1

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For the first time in 2019, a Buffalo sports team dropped a preseason game.

After defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 in overtime just last night, the visiting Sabres fell 4-1 to the Columbus Blue Jackets inside Nationwide Arena this evening. Jake McCabe scored the team’s lone goal in the Tuesday night loss.

The scoring got started early for the home Blue Jackets in the opening period of play. Sabres forward C.J. Smith took a slashing minor just 42-seconds into the contest, and Columbus struck 10-seconds later early on their first powerplay. Emil Bemstrom ripped a puck past Linus Ullmark and Buffalo quickly found themselves down 1-0 on the scoreboard. Read More

Sabres unveil roster for tonight’s preseason game at Columbus

Sabres Goalie Linus Ullmark

Coming off a 5-4 overtime win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, Buffalo Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger will go with an entirely different lineup for the team’s preseason game tonight.

Of the 21 players set to take on the Columbus Blue Jackets, 14 of them suited up for Buffalo or Rochester last season and five players (Jean-Sebastien Dea, Kyle Olson, Arttu Ruotsalainen, Henri Jokiharju and Andrew Hammond) are completely new to the organization. Jokiharju is the only player on the roster who played Monday. Read More

Eichel plays hero in 5-4 preseason win over Penguins

Sabres celebrate goal against Pittsburgh

The Buffalo Sabres kicked off their preseason schedule on Monday night with a 5-4 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Happy Valley at Penn State University.

Buffalo took shots early and often, and were able to come away with the victory despite conceding a three-goal lead in the third period. Sabres captain Jack Eichel ended things with eight-seconds to go in the overtime period. Read More

Sabres earn OT win in Krueger’s debut

Sabres Head Coach, Ralph Krueger

With only three days to prepare and six new faces in the lineup – plus another behind the bench – the Sabres came to Penn State for their first game of the preseason with the goal of playing a simple, aggressive game.

The basic objective outlined by coach Ralph Krueger was to limit time spent defending by extending possession with high-pressure play on offense. Though it became closer than they would have liked, the Sabres were largely pleased with how they played to that end in a 5-4, overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Read More

Sabres embracing ‘connected’ game following Day 1 of camp

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One day after Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner suggested that their new coach’s enthusiasm could be contagious, optimism seemed to be the prevailing emotion Friday.

Kyle Okposo, for example, told reporters he felt ready to go play a game after Krueger delivered a 15-minute speech to players on Thursday. C.J. Smith said that players sat in the dressing room after the first practice session and discussed how much they enjoyed the drills. Read More

Sabres’ Marcus Johansson feels he can add veteran leadership

(HC) Ralph Krueger and (F) Rasmus Asplund

New Sabres winger Marcus Johansson took the ice for the first time on Friday as training camp is underway. In his first taste of action as he was part of a Swedish line with Victor Olofsson and Rasmus Asplund. The former Bruin said he’s happy to be here, “It feels good, I’m excited to be here and it’s fun to meet everyone and I can’t wait for the season to be started.” Read More