Video: Sabres teammates Ennis, Mitchell involved in crushing collision


Look out!

Buffalo Sabres teammates Tyler Ennis and Torrey Mitchell were involved in a massive collision near center ice during the first period of Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Both players turned toward each other as they went for a loose puck in the neutral zone, and boom!

Ennis left the game briefly but did return.

Goalie Nods: Dubnyk to face former team as Wild host Coyotes

All the latest from the blue paint…

Dubnyk gets a crack at his former team

After being dealt by Arizona to Minnesota on Wednesday, Devan Dubnyk will get a shot at his former team Saturday night when the Wild play host to the Coyotes. Dubnyk made 18 saves in a shutout win over the Buffalo Sabres Thursday – his Wild debut. The 28-year-old made 19 appearances for the Coyotes this season going 9-5-2 while posting a 2.72 G.A.A. and a .916 save percentage.

Mike Smith is expected to make the start for the Coyotes.


Blue Jackets at Bruins: Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Tuukka Rask

Maple Leafs at Blues: Jonathan Bernier vs. Brian Elliott

Oilers at Panthers: Viktor Fasth vs. Roberto Luongo

Avalanche at Lightning: Semyon Varlamov vs. Ben Bishop

Predators at Red Wings: Carter Hutton vs. Petr Mrazek

Hurricanes at Senators: Anton Khudobin vs. Craig Anderson

Islanders at Canadiens: Jaroslav Halak vs. Dustin Tokarski

Flyers at Sabres: Rob Zepp vs. Michal Neuvirth

Captials at Stars: Justin Peters vs. Kari Lehtonen

Ducks at Kings: Frederik Andersen vs. Jonathan Quick

Flames at Sharks: Joni Ortio vs. Antti Niemi

Stafford ‘surprised that people are still showing up’ to Sabres games


In a season filled with low points, the lowest of Buffalo’s campaign might’ve occurred on Thursday night in a 7-0 drubbing from Minnesota — which happened at home, in front of the First Niagara Center faithful.

Today, we saw the fallout from said beating:

More of Stafford’s venting, from the News:

“There’s enough talk,” forward Drew Stafford said. “I’m sick of the meetings. I’m sick of the keywords.

“Just show something, show some sort of life, show some sort of response from yesterday. There’s no use beating it to death, analyzing it anymore, talking about it. I’m ready to move on. I know everyone in here is ready to move on and get back to work. It’s almost beating a dead horse at this point talking about it.

“I’m sick of it.”

Friday’s practice consisted of head coach Ted Nolan bag-skating his team. The Sabres went nearly 40 minutes without touching pucks, instead doing series of laps and various sprints.

“Punishment, learning all in one,” Zemgus Girgensons said of the rigorous practice. “It’s definitely the right thing to do. We definitely need something to get us going.”

The Sabres haven’t had a regulation win since Dec. 11 (4-3, over Calgary) and their last win of any kind came on Dec. 27. Things don’t promise to get any easier, either — after Saturday’s home date versus Philly, the club sets out on a five-game road swing that begins in Detroit and ends in Montreal (with a three-game Western Canada stretch in the middle.)

Nolan agreed with Stafford on how the Sabres need to turn things around.

“Enough talking,” the coach said. “We have to start doing.”


Dubnyk’s shutout helps Wild snap skid


Devan Dubnyk made 18 saves in his Wild debut as Minnesota snapped its’ six game skid with a 7-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres Thursday night.

Dubnyk, who was acquired from the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday, now has two shutouts on the season and 10 for his career.

Zach Parise had the game-winner at 5:13 of the first period – his first goal since Dec. 31.

Thomas Vanek’s eighth of the season gave the Wild a 2-0 lead after one period.

Kyle Brodziak, Matt Dumba and Jared Spurgeon had second period goals for Minnesota.

Matt Cooke and Erik Haula scored in the third.

Jhonas Enroth made 30 saves in the loss. The Sabres have now lost nine straight.

Goalie nods: After replacing Lundqvist last game, Talbot gets big test vs. B’s


All the latest from the crease…

Talbot starts in Boston

Bit of a curious one from the Rangers as they’ll start Cam Talbot ahead of Henrik Lundqvist tonight against the Bruins at TD Garden.

Talbot, who replaced Lundqvist during Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to the Islanders, has been very good of late, stopping 58 of his last 61 shots faced for a .951 save percentage. That said, it will be odd to see him ahead of Lundqvist in a big game; Boston is streaking lately, with just one regulation loss in its last 11 games

Some reactions:

For the Bruins, Tuukka Rask is the likely starter in goal.


Wild at Sabres: Devan Dubnyk vs. Jhonas Enroth (read more here)

Canucks at Flyers: Ryan Miller for Vancouver, Ray Emery likely for Philly.

Avs at Panthers: Semyon Varlamov vs. Roberto Luongo

Oilers at Bolts: Ben Scrivens vs. Ben Bishop

Habs at Sens: Craig Anderson for Ottawa, no word yet on a Montreal starter.

Wings at Blues: Petr Mrazek vs. Brian Elliott

Jets at Stars: Ondrej Pavelec likely for Winnipeg, Anders Lindback likely for Dallas (read more here)

Flames at Coyotes: Joni Ortio vs. Mike Smith

Leafs at Sharks: Antti Niemi likely for San Jose, no word yet on a Toronto starter.