Buffalo Sabres

Buffalo Sabres

 | 6-11-3
  • Goals For
    44 GF
  • Goals Against
    59 GA
  • Power Play %
    30.6 PP%
  • Penalty Kill %
    80.4 PK%
  • Penalty Mins
    106 PIM
  • The Canadian Press

    Sabres face the Islanders on 4-game losing streak

    Buffalo Sabres (6-11-3, eighth in the East Division) vs. New York Islanders (12-6-4, second in the East Division) Uniondale, New York; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Buffalo aims to end its four-game slide with a victory over New York. The Islanders are 12-6-4 against East Division teams. New York has converted on 24.6% of power-play opportunities, scoring 15 power-play goals. The Sabres are 6-11-3 against the rest of their division. Buffalo serves 5.3 penalty minutes per game, the fewest in the NHL. Jacob Bryson leads them averaging 1.0. In their last meeting on Feb. 22, New York won 3-2. TOP PERFORMERS: Mathew Barzal has 19 total points for the Islanders, eight goals and 11 assists. Jean-Gabriel Pageau has seven goals and two assists over the last 10 games for New York. Victor Olofsson leads the Sabres with 16 points, scoring seven goals and collecting nine assists. Sam Reinhart has five goals and four assists over the last 10 games for Buffalo. LAST 10 GAMES: Islanders: 7-2-1, averaging three goals, 5.2 assists, three penalties and 7.9 penalty minutes while giving up 1.8 goals per game with a .935 save percentage. Sabres: 2-7-1, averaging 1.6 goals, three assists, 2.3 penalties and 5.1 penalty minutes while giving up 2.7 goals per game with a .910 save percentage. INJURIES: Islanders: Cal Clutterbuck: day to day (undisclosed). Sabres: Will Borgen: out (upper body), Linus Ullmark: out (lower body). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press

  • No Fun NHL? Restrictions help players appreciate hockey more
    The Canadian Press

    No Fun NHL? Restrictions help players appreciate hockey more

    Instead of going out to dinner with his fiancee after coming home from practice, Brandon Carlo takes his dogs on long walks to get out of the house and enjoy some fresh air. “It’s nice that I can still do those things,” the Boston defenceman said. NHL players and their families are limited in what things they can do this season by virus protocols designed to keep them safe and games on track, and those rules go further than other leagues. There aren't NHL-approved restaurants to frequent on the road like in the NBA, players are limited to their home or the team hotel and the rink except for emergencies, so there isn't much to do outside of playing hockey. “Hockey’s our life, for sure,” Philadelphia's Kevin Hayes said. “It’s what we get paid to do. It’s how we make a living. But now that you actually can’t do anything else, it definitely makes you appreciate it more.” It has never been easier for players to say they're doing it for the love of the game, especially given that 20% of their paychecks are being held in escrow and 10% deferred to future years because of pandemic revenue losses. Already strict protocols were updated in February to “strongly recommended that household members limit their discretionary activities outside of the home” and encourage things like grocery and food delivery to reduce public contact. Restricting some personal freedom, players say, is a worthwhile price to pay to get to earn a six- or seven-figure salary. "It’s tough, a little bit, but we’re so lucky to be able to come into the rink and do what we love to do and be working," Edmonton captain and league-leading scorer Connor McDavid said. “We don’t forget about that.” It's still an unnatural existence, confined to the rink and the hotel on the road and encouraged not to leave home much the rest of the time. Though, as Stanley Cup-winning Tampa Bay forward Tyler Johnson pointed out, “This is way better than the bubble life” that was required to complete the 2020 playoffs. Now, it's more of a balancing act for players, who know what they're missing and have their eyes on the prize this season. “You definitely miss the moments, especially with new guys, of being able to go out to dinner, have a couple drinks and just interact with their spouses, as well,” Carlo said. “That’s definitely missed and it’s been a hard adjustment, but for the most part during the year, I feel like we’re pretty dialed in to hockey and we kind of just want to get our rest when we can. On those days off, it definitely becomes longer." Calgary captain Mark Giordano said, "Trying to find ways to break up your day is the No. 1 challenge” this season. Washington's Nicklas Backstrom said the activities vary to pass the time alone in hotel rooms: "There’s video games, movies, stuff like that. You’ve just got to adjust to it, I think, for now.” Adjust but not complain. McDavid and Giordano said there will be none of that, given the havoc the virus has wreaked on life and work around the globe. And the focus on hockey isn't such a bad thing with so many games packed into a condensed schedule. “We’re so busy with games every other day, so a lot of the times we’re just trying to prepare for that next one and getting your body rested and recovered,” Johnson said. “Even if we could be doing stuff, I don’t know how much we really would be.” NO ROAD BLUES The St. Louis Blues have won eight of their first 10 road games. Defenceman Justin Faulk said even though players haven't being able to enjoy a postgame “soda” together and hang out away from the rink, the on-ice product is working. “Our team’s comfortable being on the road,” Faulk said. “It doesn’t bother us. ... You’re very limited on what you can do, but we’re still trying to enjoy our time around each other and try to create as much of team chemistry as we can on the road with what we’re limited to.” SCUFFLING SABRES The Buffalo Sabres are in yet another seemingly annual tailspin, and no one appears to have an explanation of how they might escape it. “I don’t have a cliché answer for you,” captain Jack Eichel said Sunday, after the Sabres dropped back-to-back 3-0 shutouts to the Philadelphia Flyers last weekend. “If we had answers, I think we would be spitting them out.” The Sabres entered Tuesday night on a 2-7-1 skid, ranking last in the NHL with 21 five-on-five goals and 42 overall in 19 games. Second-year coach Ralph Krueger is running out of answers, and his messaging has been placed in question. With first-time general manager Kevyn Adams declining media requests, speculation is rising regarding Krueger’s status, and whether Eichel might be on the trade block. COVID UPDATE The NHL on Tuesday reached a season best with three players on the COVID protocol list. All three are stars — Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, Nashville's Ryan Johansen and San Jose's Tomas Hertl — but the rules appear to be working to cut down on cases and outbreaks. “As I said to our players, we can do all the right things and this kind of stuff could happen,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “The other thing I would say is just because someone’s on the COVID protocol list doesn’t necessarily mean that they have COVID." GAME OF THE WEEK The first game in Philadelphia with fans this season comes Sunday when the Flyers host the Capitals in front of just over 3,000 — plus Gritty. LEADERS (Through Monday) Goals: Auston Matthews (Toronto), 18; Assists: Connor McDavid (Edmonton), 26; Points: McDavid, 40; Ice Time: Brent Burns (San Jose), 27:30; Wins: Andrei Vasilevskiy (Tampa Bay), 12; Goals-Against Average: Petr Mrazek (Carolina), 0.99; Save Percentage: Mrazek, .955. ___ AP Hockey Writer John Wawrow contributed. ___ Follow AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SWhyno ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Stephen Whyno, The Associated Press

  • The Canadian Press

    Buchnevich, Shesterkin lead Rangers to 3-2 win over Sabres

    NEW YORK — Pavel Buchnevich had a goal and an assist, Igor Shesterkin stopped 22 shots and the New York Rangers beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 Tuesday night. Chris Kreider and Alexis Lafreniere also scored for the Rangers, and Adam Fox had two assists. New York won for the fourth time in six games. Shesterkin made eight saves in the first period, nine in the second and five in the third to beat the Sabres for the second time and improve to 5-7-1 on the season. Sam Reinhart and Tobias Rieder scored for Buffalo, which has lost four straight (0-3-1) and nine of 11 (2-8-1). Carter Hutton finished with 16 saves and fell to 1-6-1 this year. Neither team had a lot of chances in the third period. The Rangers managed just three shots on goal over the first 10 minutes, while the Sabres had two. Buffalo pulled Hutton for an extra skater with about 1:40 remaining, but couldn't get the tying goal. Kreider made it 3-1 at 9:32 of the second as he brought the puck along the left side and, with defenceman Brandon Montour on him, fired a shot from above the left circle that beat Hutton up high for his 10th goal. Rieder pulled the Sabres back within one as his shot from inside the blue line went through traffic and past Shesterkin with 3:39 left in the middle period for this fourth. It was his first goal since Jan. 30 against New Jersey. Buchnevich got the Rangers on the scoreboard 28 seconds into the game. He took a long pass from Mika Zibanejad, skated in while fighting off a defender and beat Hutton. It was Buchnevich's sixth of the season and third in the last seven games. Reinhart tied it for the Sabres only 27 seconds later. Victor Olofsson chased down the puck on the right side and sent a pass across to Reinhart, who quickly put it past Shesterkin for his eighth. The Rangers went back ahead at 2:36. After Zibanejad forced a turnover near the right corner, Buchnevich got the puck, skated across to the left side and sent a shot at the net. The puck hit off Lafreniere's right leg and in for the rookie's third goal. HEATING UP Kreider has six goals and an assist in his last five games. Buchnevich has seven points in the last seven games. Fox has five assists in the last four games. Ryan Lindgren had an assist on Kreider's second-period goal, giving the young defenceman five assists in his last five games. Reinhart got his fifth goal in seven games and has nine points in the last 10. GETTING ON THE SCOREBOARD Reinhart's goal was Buffalo's first since he got the tying score in the third period of a 4-3 overtime loss against New Jersey last Thursday. The Sabres were coming off consecutive 3-0 losses against Philadelphia last weekend. MILESTONE New York defenceman Brendan Smith appeared in his 200th game with the Rangers, and is nine away from reaching 500 for his career. SCHEDULING QUIRK The Rangers play 13 of their next 17 games on the road over a 31-day stretch. After that, they don't leave the New York area from April 6 to May 5 with nine of 15 at home and road games against the Islanders (four) and New Jersey (two). UP NEXT Sabres: At the New York Islanders on Thursday night to open a three-game series. Rangers: At New Jersey on Thursday night to begin a six-game trip with two-game series against Devils, Penguins and Bruins. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press