The Buffalo Sabres, after getting shut out for the second time in seven games Wednesday, rank 27th in the NHL in scoring. There's no excuse for that, center Derek Roy said today.
"We lost a lot of guys down the road, but that’s no excuse for the other guys not scoring," said Roy, who never figured the Sabres would be dwelling near the bottom at 2.33 goals per game. "No, not at the start of the year looking at our team and seeing in training camp how it went and starting off the season well."
Roy is among the Sabres who are struggling to find the net with one goal in 15 games. Brad Boyes has one in 29. Luke Adam has one in 24. Nathan Gerbe has one in 14. Drew Stafford, who returned to practice in First Niagara Center after missing the loss to the Rangers with an illness, has just two goals in 19 outings.
"We’re working on it in practice, trying to score goals and instill drills where we can work at it," said Roy, who wants to remain in Buffalo despite being part of trade rumors. "Everybody’s got to help each other out and keep making plays and keep having confidence."
Forward Tyler Ennis missed practice with the flu but is likely to return by Saturday when the Sabres visit the New York Islanders. Rookie defenseman Brayden McNabb has been cleared to return from a concussion and was sent back to the Rochester Amerks.
"He was cleared and we’ll go get him playing again," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "He needs to play. He needs to play big minutes. The six that have played since [Christian] Ehrhoff and [Robyn] Regehr stepped back in the lineup, the ice times have gone back to more where guys are comfortable playing at, in their range. Those six guys have played well together, so in Brayden’s case he hasn’t played now in a long time, and he needs to go play some good minutes and get back into game shape."