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Tyler Ennis Leads Struggling Buffalo Sabres in Goal Department

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.

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Buffalo Sabres Avoid Historic Low in Loss to Anaheim Ducks

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.

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Buffalo Sabres Host to Regain Flight Against Anaheim Ducks

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.

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The Rumor Mill: Buffalo Sabres Tyler Myers Linked to Anaheim Ducks Before West Coast Trip

October 22nd, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Mike Matisz

When the Buffalo Sabres head out west, they may need to transfer a plane ticket or two.

The Hockey News has reported that Dave Pagnotta has listed Myers as a player on the Anaheim Ducks' radar.

While there have been plenty of rumors surrounding the young, struggling defenseman, the latest has come out the same day that the Sabres and Ducks clash in Anaheim.

Here's what THN said:

"Pagnotta said he’s heard up to five players could be part of a Myers deal with the Anaheim Ducks, claiming Kyle Palmieri, Sami Vatanen and Rickard Rackell were potential trade candidates."

"It would be puzzling for the Ducks to include Vatanen, one of their few right-handed shots and among their leading scorers this season, as part of a package for Myers. Palmieri, meanwhile, is sidelined with a high-ankle sprain and the timetable for his return remains unknown."

As with all rumors, this could be smoke without a fire. Most trade rumors, as Sabres fans know, end up with nothing. The notable part of this rumor is the timing.

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Struggling Buffalo Sabres Heading into a Gauntlet Over the Next Few Weeks

October 22nd, 2014 at 1:56 PM
By Mike Matisz

The Buffalo Sabres have stumbled out of the gate and are struggling to score.

Now the team is heading out west to face some of the best talent on the west coast. But once the Sabres head back east, the schedule doesn't get any easier.

The next game that the Sabres could see themselves favored in isn't until November 7 when the Edmonton Oilers come to town. Until then, here is the Sabres schedule:

10/22 @ Anaheim Ducks
10/23 @ Los Angeles Kings
10/25 @ San Jose Sharks
10/28 @ Toronto Maple Leafs
10/30 vs Boston Bruins
11/1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins
11/2 vs Detroit Red Wings
11/5 vs Montreal Canadiens

All of these opponents rank in the NHL's top 20, with Boston seemingly struggling. Montreal, Anaheim and Los Angeles all rank in the top five in the league.

The Sabres aren't just facing strong offensive teams. Playing goaltenders (provided the Sabres see the starters) such as Tuukka Rask, Antti Niemi, Jimmy Howard, Carey Price and Jonathan Quick could prove to be a daunting task for a team who was shut out in two consecutive home games.

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