Sabres try to shake off lopsided loss, pay Kings a visit

Sabres try to shake off lopsided loss, pay Kings a visit

The Buffalo Sabres will be out to rebound from a three-game skid when they begin a three-game road trip through California with a visit to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday.The Sabres are coming off a 7-2 loss to the Calgary Flames on Saturday, a contest in which Buffalo jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period before collapsing in the second, allowing four goals in a span of 5:22, including three in 1:47.It was the Sabres’ first game since Feb. 1 following the All-Star break. They’re 0-2-1 in their past three games after a five-game winning streak.”For sure disappointing, but let’s not hit the panic button right now,” Buffalo captain Kyle Okposo said Saturday after the game. “I don’t think anybody in here is going to tell you they played a good game. Once we kind of settle in here, get back into a groove, I think we re-evaluate.”Sabres coach Don Granato put his squad through a fast-paced practice Sunday in Los Angeles, during which he stopped a drill and made them skate sprints after he was unhappy with the way the session started, per The Buffalo News.He also tweaked the forward lines, with Dylan Cozens moving up to center Jeff Skinner and Alex Tuch while Tage Thompson was flanked by Casey Mittelstadt and Okposo.”The issue that we had (Saturday), it’s not going to be solved with strategy. It’s going to be solved with work ethic,” Granato said. “That was the message before practice, that we were going to have probably our hardest practice of the year. It was right up there with it.”The Sabres have been very much at home on the road, going 15-7-2 away from Buffalo. They’ve been especially comfortable when traveling through the Western Conference, with a 10-1-2 record as the visitor against those opponents.


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