The Sabres were on the ice for only about 30 minutes today and coach Lindy Ruff lightened the mood some with a 4-on-4, overtime-style scrimmage to close practice. The Sabres have dropped three straight for the first time since Halloween week, scoring just two goals in the process.
"We didn't make some plays that were waiting there for us, some plays you would make when you're going real well,'" Ruff said of Sunday's 2-1 loss to Washington. "When things aren't going well, you're shooting when you should be passing and sometimes you're passing or overhandling when you should be getting it on the net."
There was no sign of Terry Pegula in the building although it's known he was here during practice. Players had not met him and employees were in normal team casual wear with no indication of a staff meeting. Chairs were prepared in the media room but that is not all that unusual as many functions are held there. Players left the building as normal after practice. Team staff was going about business as usual.
Asked if he was expecting to talk to Pegula today, Ruff said, "I have no plans right now. I get out of here today and I'll see what happens."
Andrej Sekera continued to skate today with Craig Rivet on the scratch defensive pair. Ruff said he didn't know if that would continue for Wednesday's game against Atlanta.