John Vogl

Editor

This is my 15th season writing about the Sabres for The Buffalo News.

The call for questions for a Sabres Mailbag went out, and the first that came in was about Evander Kane. It’s not surprising. He’s the No. 1 topic in Sabreland. Other questions arrived regarding prospects, the future and the trade deadline. That’s also not surprising. Despite a decent month for Buffalo, the Sabres are still outside the playoff race. Even if they m…

The Sabres have a bye week, but Justin Bailey, Evan Rodrigues and Nick Baptiste do not. They have been sent back to Rochester. The trio will actually be back in Buffalo on Wednesday. The Amerks will play the Utica Comets in KeyBank Center. The latest call-up has gone well for all three players. Bailey has a goal and assist in 10 games while earning a spot alongside c…

As we mentioned in the latest Sabres Notebook, Buffalo entered its bye week with the most games played in the Eastern Conference. By the time the Sabres hit the ice Saturday in Colorado, nearly everyone will have caught up. It will allow the Sabres to see where they really stand heading into the March 1 trade deadline. Buffalo is just three points out of an Eastern C…

Aside from being a hockey player, Josh Gorges is a hockey fan. He’ll turn on the television Monday, and he’ll flip to NHL Network. When the highlights from Chicago’s 5-1 victory over the Sabres come on, the defenseman might want to shield his eyes. The Blackhawks were unquestionably the better team Sunday in KeyBank Center, and it showed on the scoreboard. But …

Ending long losing streaks on consecutive days was too much to ask of the Sabres. Actually, it was way too much to ask. Chicago easily dropped Buffalo for the 11th straight time Sunday, pulling away for a 5-1 victory in KeyBank Center. The Sabres haven't beaten the Blackhawks since Dec. 11, 2009. The Sabres were hopeful of extending their winning streak to four games…

Dan Bylsma put the “Gone fishin’” sign on his door following Sunday’s game. No, really. “If the weather is what it says it’s going to be, I’ll have maybe a few opportunities to wet the line and catch fish,” the Sabres’ coach said in KeyBank Center. Temperatures are scheduled to reach the low 50s this week in Buffalo, which will allow Bylsma to get o…

Move over, cold and clammy. “Soup and a Sandwich” is Brian Campbell’s real masterpiece. Buffalo fans may remember Campbell’s low-budget commercial for the Center for Excessive Sweating in the mid-2000s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDjKkMxdLW4 Chicago fans are getting a better look at the defenseman’s acting chops. Campbell is starring in a team-produ…

Ryan O’Reilly regularly puts the onus on himself. He says it’s up to him to lead the Sabres to victory. He’s partially right. Buffalo’s highest-paid player and No. 1 center certainly needs to carry the load. He’s not the only one. The Sabres also have Jack Eichel, Evander Kane, Kyle Okposo, Rasmus Ristolainen and Robin Lehner at the top of the leadership gr…

In order to extend their winning streak, the Sabres needed a victory against a team they hadn't beat since 2009. The drought is over. Buffalo won its third straight Saturday, earning a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues. The Sabres carried a 3-1 lead into the third period, and Robin Lehner made 16 of his 37 saves in the final 20 minutes to close out the win. [GA…

Sam Reinhart is out. Nick Baptiste is in. Reinhart, the Sabres’ second-leading scorer, missed Saturday's game against St. Louis with an illness. In Reinhart’s place, the Sabres have recalled Baptiste. The winger is eighth in the American Hockey League with 18 goals, and he’s third on Rochester with 30 points. Baptiste has appeared in 12 games with the Sabres…

The Sabres are nearing the end of a ridiculous run of games. They certainly can’t exhale yet. Buffalo will close a stretch of 11 games in 18 days with back-to-back home games. St. Louis will visit KeyBank Center at 1 p.m. Saturday, while the Chicago Blackhawks come to town at 6 p.m. Sunday. They’re a combined 11-0 in the past 11 games. The Sabres, meanwhile, h…

Rochester Americans coach Dan Lambert did not find many centers when he looked at his roster at the start of training camp. That has worked out very well for Evan Rodrigues. The former winger has found a home in the middle. With Buffalo also thin at center, Rodrigues will play his fifth straight NHL game Saturday when St. Louis visits KeyBank Center. “It’s bee…

The Sabres are going to play on back-to-back days. It wouldn’t be a shock to see Robin Lehner start both. The goaltender has skated to the Buffalo crease five straight times. He’s started nine of 10 and 11 of the last 13. He’s done well. Since Jan. 21, Lehner is 6-4-1 with a .937 save percentage and two shutouts. While Anders Nilsson may get the call Saturday a…

The Sabres’ crazy run of games is nearing its end. They can’t look past the final weekend, though. Buffalo will close a stretch of 11 games in 18 days with back-to-back home games. St. Louis will visit KeyBank Center on Saturday afternoon, and Chicago comes to town Sunday evening. “The next two games are going to dictate a lot of the next 25 where we’re going…

What do you get when you combine the bloodying of a beloved captain, a 12-player brawl, two goalie fights, cursing coaches and frenzied fans? One of the most memorable games in Buffalo Sabres history. It’s been 10 years since Buffalo and Ottawa dropped the gloves downtown, but the game on Feb. 22, 2007, is fresh in the minds of those who took part. We caught up …