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Nolan says: Keep it simple

by Amy Moritz

While the Buffalo Sabres continued to work on defensive zone coverage, they also addressed the power play and scoring opportunities at this morning's practice at First Niagara Center.

The Sabres have scored the fewest goals in the league -- 44 while the power play has accounted for 11 of those goals, clocking in at just a 14.9 percent efficiency.

"We’re not setting the league on fire," Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan said. "We have to make sure we simplify our game and that’s in all aspects of it, five-on-five or power play. We’ve got to make sure we do the simple things, get some shots on net, create some rebounds. The majority of goaltenders in this league will stop you even if you have a point-blank shot from the slot. We have to create some traffic in front of it."

Luke Adam is set to make his third appearance with the Sabres this year after being recalled from Rochester. Nolan said he was working to put his young players in comfortable spots for success while helping them adjust to the different tempo at the NHL level.

"Sometimes when young kids get called up, they think they can do the same thing they did down in the American league, but the players here are much bigger and faster and quicker," Nolan said. "Your time and space is not like it is in the minors. He’s adjusting to that plus he wants to make sure he does the safe play and he wants to try and fit in.

"A lot of things go through these younger players minds when they get called up. My biggest thing is try to make the comfortable with what they do and up their tempo a little bit. Luke has some natural ability that a lot of us would like to have. We’ve just got to up the speed level to the National Hockey League level."


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Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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