DALLAS -- Craig Rivet will watch from the press box for the second straight night as Sabres coach Lindy Ruff has decided to scratch his captain against Dallas tonight.
"I’m going to keep a good attitude," Rivet said today. "I’m not playing tonight, but I wish these guys a good night tonight. I just hope that they go out there and give everything they have. I’m going to try and take the time when I’m not playing to make myself better so I can be a better teammate."
Rivet, of course, is disappointed and angry about the benching by Ruff, who sat Rivet on Friday in Atlanta.
"I think maybe disappointed that he had to feel that he had to scratch me, him feeling that my play wasn’t up to par, knowing that I can play better," Rivet said. "It’s the ultimate wake-up, it’s the last straw, it’s something that when you’re taken out of the lineup, you need to re-evaluate yourself and your game.
"I don’t feel that I was playing up to my capabilities. Do I think I was playing terrible? No.
"Right now is a very difficult time for this team. We’re trying to grasp the style of play that we want to play, which I don’t think we’ve found yet. We want to try and build some momentum as a team, and individual play comes into effect. He wasn’t happy with the way I’ve been playing, and I’m sure you can probably look around the room and can maybe point out a few guys, but me individually I think I need to be better. I need to be better for the team to have success. This is going to be a period where I need to sit back and re-evaluate the things I need to do a lot better on the ice."