Victor Olofsson believes everyone on the Sabres can do better. ©2021, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres’ defense keeps reeling in loss; Malcolm Subban injured in debut

After Saturday’s 6-2 loss, the Buffalo Sabres have allowed 20 goals during their three-game losing streak. They’ve given up at least five goals in seven of their last nine contests and 46 total – a whopping 5.1 an outing – during that stretch of futility.

Having been scored on 90 times through 24 games, they’re on pace to give up 308 goals, a stunning number would tie the franchise’s all-time mark for most goals against ... Read the full article

Craig Anderson hasn’t played since Nov. 2. ©2021, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres’ Craig Anderson ‘mystified’ by upper-body injury

Goalie Craig Anderson’s timeline to return from his upper-body injury has been changed to month to month on the Buffalo Sabres’ injury report.

Anderson, 40, had been listed as week to week. The veteran hasn’t played since suffering his injury Nov. 2.

“He has been as mystified as anybody,” Sabres coach Don Granato told reporters following Friday’s practice in Raleigh. “This is an elusive thing. You wake up each day and it could resolve and ... Read the full article

Casey Mittelstadt scored in his return Thursday. ©2021, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres start fast in loss to Panthers; Casey Mittelstadt impressive in return

For more than 20 minutes Thursday against the heavyweight Florida Panthers, it appeared the Buffalo Sabres might pull off their biggest upset this season.

Goalie Aaron Dell, pressed into duty after Dustin Tokarski entered the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol, made some huge saves early. Winger Vinnie Hinostroza, who had two goals all season, doubled his output in less than 15 minutes, scoring twice. In between, center Dylan Cozens scored for the third straight game.

Still, the ... Read the full article

Goalie Malcolm Subban makes a save for Chicago on April 23. ©2021, John J. Kim, TNS

Sabres excited to add goalie Malcolm Subban after losing Dustin Tokarski

As Craig Anderson’s absence neared the one-month mark, many observers wondered when the Buffalo Sabres would address their goaltending.

While Dustin Tokarski has subbed admirably, he had never shouldered such a heavy workload in the NHL until last month. With backup Aaron Dell struggling, the Sabres have been running Tokarski ragged.

The Sabres needed another goalie, and on Thursday, shortly before Tokarski entered the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol, they found one, acquiring Malcolm Subban from the ... Read the full article

Dustin Tokarski has played 14 games this season.

Sabres goalie Dustin Tokarski enters NHL’s COVID-19 protocol

The Buffalo Sabres this afternoon announced goalie Dustin Tokarski has been placed in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.

Tokarski, 32, is the first Sabres player to enter the league’s protocol this season. To replace Tokarski, the Sabres have recalled goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, 22, from the Rochester Americans.

The Sabres, who play a road game tonight against the Florida Panthers, also acquired goalie Malcolm Subban earlier today from the Chicago Blackhawks.... Read the full article

Malcolm Subban has played 82 NHL games. ©2021, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres address goaltending, acquire Malcolm Subban from Blackhawks

The Buffalo Sabres this afternoon addressed their goaltending, acquiring Malcolm Subban from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for future considerations.

With No. 1 goalie Craig Anderson recovering from an upper-body injury, the Sabres have been relying on journeyman goalie Dustin Tokarski.

Sabres goalie Aaron Dell, Tokarski’s backup, was pulled from his last start. The Sabres even started Tokarski back-to-back nights last week, most likely because of Dell’s struggles.... Read the full article

Casey Mittelstadt has played just one game this season. ©2021, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres notes: After long wait, Casey Mittelstadt healthy, ready to play

Throughout his career, Buffalo Sabres center Casey Mittelstadt has showcased durability, rarely missing time due to injury.

Then on opening night, Mittelstadt, 23, suffered an upper-body injury. The Sabres estimated then he would be sidelined at least two weeks.

Seven weeks and 21 games later, Mittelstadt is finally ready to play. The American will return for tonight’s road game against the Florida Panthers.... Read the full article

Rochester was scheduled to play Wednesday and Friday. ©2021, Micheline Veluvolu, Rochester Americans

AHL postpones two Amerks games due to COVID-19 protocols

The AHL on Wednesday afternoon postponed the Rochester Americans’ next two games due to COVID-19 protocols.

The Amerks were scheduled to host the Syracuse Crunch on Wednesday at Blue Cross Arena and the Springfield Thunderbirds on Friday. No makeup dates have been announced.

On Wednesday morning, the Amerks announced coach Seth Appert entered the league’s COVID-19 protocol and would be unavailable to coach against the Crunch. In his absence, assistants Michael Peca and Mike Weber... Read the full article

Seth Appert is in his second season coaching Rochester. ©2021, Micheline Veluvolu, Rochester Americans

Seth Appert in COVID-19 protocol, to miss Amerks game

Rochester Americans coach Seth Appert has entered the AHL’s COVID-19 protocol and will be unavailable for tonight’s home game against the Syracuse Crunch, the team announced this morning.

In his absence, assistant coaches Michael Peca and Mike Weber will coach the Buffalo Sabres’ affiliate.

Appert, 47, is the first member of the Amerks to be sidelined by COVID protocols this season.

Update: The AHL this afternoon postponed  tonight’s game and the Amerks’ home contest Friday ... Read the full article

Rasmus Dahlin leads Buffalo in ice time. ©2021, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres’ Rasmus Dahlin struggling to find consistency

BUFFALO – The challenge of living up to the lofty expectations thrust upon him as a No. 1 overall pick has often been difficult for Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin to handle.

Dahlin, 21, wasn’t just the first youngster drafted in 2018; he was anointed a generational talent. The pressure that accompanies that label can be stifling.

“He’s not compared to another defenseman in the league; he’s compared to the absolute best defensemen in the league ... Read the full article