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Chad Johnson will be in goal for the Buffalo Sabres Friday night. Will Linus Ullmark get his NHL debut on Saturday night? "Chad’s starting tonight," said coach Dan Bylsma when pressed on the question. "The rest of our lineup is game time," he added as the Sabres had a full crew for morning skate before hosting the Montreal Canadiens at 7:05 p.m. in First Niagara Center.…

The Sabres have a few intriguing goaltending prospects in their organization. One has arrived in Buffalo. The Sabres recalled Linus Ullmark from Rochester on Friday morning. With back-to-back games Friday and Saturday, the 22-year-old is in line to make his NHL debut this weekend. Ullmark, a sixth-round pick out of Sweden in the 2012 NHL Draft, is playing in North Americ…

It was a relatively quiet day for the Buffalo Sabres coming off their second win of the season. With three games in four days including hosting the Montreal Canadiens on Friday and the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, there were a number of players missing from the 45-minute practice at HarborCenter Thursday morning. "We had, I’m not going to be able to count the number, si…

The Sabres and their fans got their first taste of three-on-three overtime. It was wild and filled with unreal scoring chances. But it didn't determine a winner Wednesday. The shootout was just as fun, and it did. Tyler Ennis and Matt Moulson scored in the shootout, lifting the Sabres to a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in First Niagara Center. The Sabres imp…

Bobby Sanguinetti is finally healthy enough to head to Rochester. Sanguinetti, who has been injured since the opening days of Buffalo's training camp, was placed on waivers Wednesday afternoon. If he clears, he will report to Rochester. The Sabres signed Sanguinetti to a one-year, two-way contract during the offseason. The defenseman will make $300,000 in Rochester, acco…

Jack Eichel is familiar with rivalries. He’s lived the Canada-US hockey rivalry through his junior career. He’s lived the classic college hockey rivalry of Boston College-Boston University. Wednesday night he gets first-hand taste of another classic hockey rivalry – Buffalo vs. Toronto. “Obviously it’s a big rivalry,” Eichel said after the Sabres' morning skate at First…

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The Sabres and Maple Leafs are looking for a spark after slow starts. The rivalry usually provides one. The intensity in First Niagara Center is sure to pick up when Toronto invades Buffalo for the 100th time during the regular season (7 p.m., MSG, WGR-AM 550). As we mention in the Notebook, the Sabres are 66-25-8 during the first 99 games. Both teams are looking for the…

The Sabres and Maple Leafs will play their 100th regular-season game in Buffalo on Wednesday night. It will be the first one of the rivalry for Dan Bylsma and Mike Babcock. The coaches, hired eight days apart in May, will quickly learn that fans get up for this game. Bylsma says he's already aware. "If you win four games, just win these four," the Sabres' coach said Tues…

Evander Kane is a fan of any big sporting event, so when he heard a couple of teammates were interested in watching the Blue Jays on Monday night, he looked into the best way to get from Buffalo to Toronto. He settled on a helicopter. [bn_tweet url="https://twitter.com/evanderkane_9/status/656242299890999296"] Kane, Jamie McGinn and Carlo Colaiacovo flew to Toronto to w…

Five games into the season and the Buffalo Sabres have just one win, and three losses where they managed to score just one goal. “It’s easy to look and say we won one out of five and that’s not where we would like to be or where we thought we’d be,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “We’re talking about building and developing into a winning team and when you look at some of …

It's your Monday morning Sabres prospects update. Forward  Giorgio Estephan of Lethbridge in the WHL is off to a hot start with 13 points in eight games. Meanwhile in the college ranks Judd Peterson of St. Cloud State had a two point weekend in a series sweep of Minnesota State. Rochester Americans The Amerks made their first trip to Newfoundland in over a decade and dro…

TAMPA, Fla. – The Sabres had a chance to win the game on the power play. They missed. Tampa Bay didn't. The Lightning broke a 1-1 tie with a power-play goal with 3:57 to play, sending the Sabres to a 2-1 defeat Saturday in Amalie Arena. Buffalo lost its second straight to fall to 1-4. Chad Johnson made a point-blank save on Tyler Johnson, but the Lightning spark plug kep…

TAMPA, Fla. – Asked to describe the Sabres’ first periods, Dan Bylsma opted to look on the bright side. “They’ve allowed us to be much better in the second,” the coach said Saturday. Slow starts have plagued Buffalo so far, a trend the team hopes to end when it faces Tampa Bay in Amalie Arena. Buffalo has been outscored, 3-0, in the opening 20 minutes and is 0-3 when giv…

TAMPA, Fla. -- Sam Reinhart's power-play work has earned him an upgrade at five-on-five. The Sabres rookie, who has been making plays and screening goalies with the man-advantage, practiced on the top line with Ryan O'Reilly and Tyler Ennis on Friday. The trio is expected to be together Saturday when Buffalo visits the Tampa Bay Lightning. "Sam has had an opportunity to …

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Sabres will play Tampa Bay on Saturday for the second time in a week, and the Lightning's defense is going to look a lot different. No. 1 defenseman Victor Hedman likely suffered a concussion Thursday night after a hard hit by Stars captain Jamie Benn. Hedman, who has a history of concussions, bounced off the boards and had to be helped to the dressing …