by Amy Moritz
It was back to work for the Buffalo Sabres today. It was the same drills that emphasized getting to the net along with some extended work on the power play.
While they may have exploded for four goals in yesterday's 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets (and four goals counts as an offensive explosion by this season's standards) that doesn't necessarily mean the flood gates have opened. They're pried open each day with consistent hard work, at least in interim coach Ted Nolan's view.
"If we want to ask the players to be consistent we as a coaching staff have to be pretty consistent with the way we design practice and how we're going about it," Nolan said. "It's just another day at the office for us."
It was the most goals scored by the Sabres this year since a 5-4 shoot out win at San Jose on Nov. 5.
One clarification on Tuesday's roster moves. Nolan said Mark Pysyk will not be traveling with Rochester to Switzerland for the Spengler Cup but will be recalled to Buffalo before the team leaves for the six-team tournament which starts on Dec. 26. However, the NHL has a roster freeze for Christmas starting at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 19 and ending at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 28. Teams can not trade, waive or demote a player to the minors in that time. They can promote a player from a minor league affiliate, according to the collective bargaining agreement.
To hear all of Ted Nolan's post-practice comments check out the audio: