Sabres hoping to create ‘different energy’ vs. Kings

Sabres hoping to create ‘different energy’ vs. Kings

The Buffalo Sabres will look to make it three straight wins when they visit the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday.The Sabres, who have won five of their first seven games, are coming off a 4-3 overtime win against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday. Buffalo held a 3-0 second-period lead before giving it up and emerging with the win.”I think they wanted to do better the other night performance-wise; the result was the result, but they wanted better,” Sabres coach Don Granato said. “I think that’s the attitude going into (Sunday) – demand better than the other night.”Sunday’s tilt will be the first time the Sabres make a non-injury-related lineup change with winger Brett Murray set to draw in for John Hayden. There were also changes to three of the four lines, with wingers getting moved around.”Just a different look, different energy,” Granato said. “The guys seemed to be excited. Just thought it was time.”One line that won’t see a change is the trio of Tage Thompson between Rasmus Asplund and Victor Olofsson. Asplund had two goals Thursday, including the overtime winner, and Olofsson had two assists after scoring two goals Monday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.Olofsson leads the Sabres with four goals and eight points, and his four assists are second on the team.”I feel like ever since I got to North America, I’ve been working very hard to get better without the puck, get better defensively,” Olofsson said. “I feel like I’ve been making progress. I also want to be better with the puck and create more chances offensively, so I think I’m on the right track.”I just feel more confident. I feel like I’ve been creating more 5-on-5, not only for myself but for my teammates, too. I feel good out there.”Dustin Tokarski will get the start in goal for Buffalo.


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