It was some time before Tyler Ennis could talk with the media after practice in KeyBank Center late Thursday morning. The forward was in the training room getting treatment. And more treatment. And a little more after that. Returning from his sports hernia/groin surgery has been a long process. It requires patience and precaution. That’s why Ennis, who returned on …

Here's the scene: Robin Lehner allows three goals to the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 10-minute span in the second period, giving up the lead the Buffalo Sabres worked so hard to build in the first period. Coach Dan Bylsma pulls Lehner, who skates to the bench, angry and frustrated, spiking his helmet before taking a seat. Cut back to video of Lehner earlier in the game,…

Intrigue abounds Thursday morning at the Buffalo Sabres practice as the team recalled goaltender Linus Ullmark. Ullmark is on the ice along with Robin Lehner, who showed some strong emotion when he was pulled in Tuesday's loss in Toronto. Missing is goalie Anders Nilsson who finished the game against the Maple Leafs. The team was off on Wednesday. All skaters a…

I dropped in at Coles for a quick one after work Tuesday night and ran into my old pal, Rex Carr, who was sitting at the bar and cursing at the TV as the Sabres were in the process of losing at the Maple Leafs. "Nice goaltending," Rex muttered, keeping his gaze fixed on the TV set as I ordered a couple of drafts. "As if things weren't going bad enough, Mr. Positive has …

It’s a classic Jerry Seinfeld bit where he rants about reservations. Seinfeld arrives at a car rental counter only to find out while the company has his reservation, they don't have an actual car for him. With a slight tweak, the scene applies to the Buffalo Sabres in their last 10 games. They can take the lead, but they can’t hold a lead. And that’s really the…

The Buffalo Sabres appear to be on the road to another high spot in the NHL Entry Draft. Entering Wednesday’s games, the Sabres were 27th in the league. If the draft were held today, Buffalo would pick no lower than seventh overall when the league holds its 2017 draft in the United Center in Chicago on June 23-24. Which makes the release of Central Scouting’s mid…

Any disappointment at returning to the Rochester Americans after a seven-game NHL stint wasn’t evident in Justin Bailey’s game. The second-year pro had a two-point game in the Amerks 3-2 win in Toronto against the Marlies on Saturday. He extended his goal-scoring streak to a career-best five games during a six-game point streak, notching nine points (six goals, thre…

TORONTO – Robin Lehner was ready to make a statement. He was starting on consecutive days for the first time with Buffalo. He had a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes, enough to point him toward a third straight victory. Instead, he ended up on the Sabres’ bench midway through Tuesday’s game, throwing equipment and dirty looks. “I don’t like to give up,” Lehner sa…

TORONTO –  The goal was partially a gift. And Kyle Okposo wasn’t going to waste it. His teammate created the opportunity and he had noticed the tendency of Toronto netminder Frederik Andersen. His tally midway through the first period gave the Buffalo Sabres a 1-0 lead and ended a five game goalless drought for Okposo. But the gift was wasted Tuesday night as th…

TORONTO – The road hasn't been kind to the Sabres. Of course, they are making it hard on themselves. For the third straight road game, Buffalo came out strong and took the lead. This time, it was a 2-0 advantage after one period in Toronto. The lead disappeared in the second. The Maple Leafs stormed back to earn a 4-3 victory in Air Canada Centre. The Sabres suffer…

TORONTO -- Let's cut right to the chase here. The Maple Leafs are ahead of the Sabres in the teams' post-tank rebuilds and there's no way they should be. The Leafs' 4-3 win Tuesday in Air Canada Centre is far from a decisive factor in any referendum when you compare the teams. The way they rallied from a 2-0 deficit and then held on to move seven points ahead of Buffa…

We are on hand as the Buffalo Sabres visit the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight (7:30 p.m.). Be sure to check out our five things to know about the game here at [BN] Hockey. Live updates and observations from our team, along with selected other accounts, are below. Tweets from https://twitter.com/TBNSports/lists/sabres-coverage !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElemen…

It had been a tough road trip for Rasmus Ristolainen. The usually solid defenseman was minus-3 in the two road games last week at Tampa Bay and Carolina. He was on the ice for six of the nine goals against in the two games, including all four in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Lightning. It was only the second time this year Ristolainen had a minus rating in back-to-back gam…

TORONTO -- The Sabres and Maple Leafs meet Tuesday night in a 7:30 game at Air Canada Centre, Buffalo's first trip up the QEW this season. It will be a game most notable for the first career meeting of Jack Eichel and Auston Matthews but it's an important matchup in the standings as well. The game will be on MSG and here are Five Things to Know: 1. Standings hunt: T…