BUFFALO, NY-- It's no secret that the Buffalo Sabres have been struggling on the ice recently.
So on Wednesday, the team took a different approach to try and improve performance: More practice.
The new collective bargaining agreement calls for the
players to have four days off per month, two at home and two on the road. Thursday was supposed to be one of those days off for the Sabres, but given the team's struggles, Head coach Lindy Ruff thought it was best the team should practice.
And the players agreed.
"I went to the leadership on the team and said we need to work on some things," said Ruff. "I think it would be a good idea if we could flip a day here or there. We need to win games and we need to win them now."
The Sabres have lost seven of eight games, including Tuesday night's 4-3 loss at Ottawa, and they are in second to last place in the conference standings.
The next few days won't be easy for the team either. They play three games four days starting with Thursday night's home game against the Montreal Canadiens.