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Sabres hammer out details on 3-on-3 at Sunday's practice

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

While the Buffalo Sabres have made progress by earning points in five of their last six games, the fact remains that they've also left points on the table. The Sabres have lost three of those games in overtime, bringing their overtime record this season to 1-6. 

With that in mind, practice at KeyBank Center on Sunday morning ended with the team working to hammer out some details in 3-on-3 play.

"It's having more control once we get the puck, not throwing it away or trying anything to high-risk," alternate captain Ryan O'Reilly said. "We want to keep our motion up because obviously those are points we can get and it hasn't been good enough."

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Beaulieu, Josefson join Sabres for optional practice

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

When Jacob Josefson tweaked his ankle in Montreal on Nov. 25, it was said he'd take four to six weeks to recover. For now, he's ahead of schedule. Josefson was back on the ice with the Buffalo Sabres for an optional practice on Monday, just two weeks removed from sustaining his injury.

Josefson was among a group of 13 that also included defenseman Nathan Beaulieu, who's missed the last three games due to an illness. Sabres coach Phil Housley said that Josefson remains week-to-week, while Beaulieu is day-to-day. 

"It's good to see him out there moving his feet and turning hard, cutting hard on his lower-body injury," Housley said of Josefson. "It's going to be a progression for him but we've got to be smart because of his injury."

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Rodrigues fuels comeback, but Sabres fall to Blues in OT

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

ST. LOUIS - Coming into their game against the St. Louis Blues on Sunday evening, the Buffalo Sabres eyed an opportunity to head home from their three-game road trip having taken five out of six available points. Thanks to an overtime goal from Vladimir Tarasenko, they'll have to settle for four. 

Evan Rodrigues scored a pair of third-period goals to bring the Sabres back from a 2-0 deficit, the latter of which tied the game with 1:27 remaining in regulation, but Tarasenko scored with 36 seconds left in overtime to clinch a 3-2 win for the Blues.

The loss concludes a road trip that began with a win in Colorado on Tuesday, followed by an overtime loss in Chicago on Friday. "Respect" was the key word used by players and coach Phil Housley alike when evaluating this game, and it was what differentiated their slow start from their strong finish. 

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Sabres view matchup with Blues as opportunity for a successful trip

Girgensons impresses at practice; Two defensemen take maintenance days

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

ST. LOUIS - For all of the emotion shown following an overtime loss to Chicago on Friday night, it's safe to say that the Buffalo Sabres aren't hanging their heads. The team took the ice for practice in Hazelwood, Missouri on Saturday afternoon with a noticeable level of energy and enthusiasm. 

As disappointing as their loss in Chicago was, the reality facing the Sabres is that a win on Sunday would send them home from a difficult three-game road trip having taken five out of six points. Their opponent Sunday, the St. Louis Blues, may be the toughest of the three. 

"We have an opportunity to take five out of six points against a really good opponent tomorrow and that's the way we should look at it," Sabres coach Phil Housley said. "If we look back and look at this road trip as an opportunity to get better and improve, I think we would be happy with that."

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Rodrigues, Wilson still have chemistry from junior days

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

CHICAGO - Evan Rodrigues was scrolling through Twitter when he found out the Buffalo Sabres had traded for Scott Wilson on Monday afternoon. Rodrigues had joined the Sabres himself earlier that day after being recalled from Rochester for the first time this season.

Rodrigues reached out to his former teammate right away.

"I texted him a minute or two later saying, 'We're back,' Rodrigues said Thursday. "He just sent me a few smiley faces. He had a bunch of stuff going on so he said he'd see me at the hotel."

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In an effort to foster competition, Sabres shake up personnel at forward

Team recalls Rodrigues, acquires Wilson from Detroit

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Phil Housley has warned as of late that, as the Buffalo Sabres struggle, changes will continue to be made to the lineup. One such move was made Monday, when the team placed forward Matt Moulson on waivers with the intention of reassigning him to Rochester should he clear.

Moulson, 34, has played 297 games in his four-plus seasons with the Sabres. He had been held scoreless in 14 games so far this season while alternating in and out of the lineup. 

"With the position we're in, we've got to make some difficult decisions about our team and our lineup," Housley said. "Sometimes they're tough decisions. I think we need to focus as a group on our own game as an individual but certainly these are the tough ones that you have to make in this business."

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Bogosian inches closer to return following physical practice

Tennyson placed on waivers; Ullmark joins practice

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Jason Botterill admitted while speaking to the media on Thursday that the Buffalo Sabres defense corps, from a personnel standpoint, is just now beginning to appear the way he envisioned it while constructing the team in the offseason. 

A slew of injuries has tested Buffalo's depth on the back end, having had 10 defensemen enter the lineup already this season. With Rasmus Ristolainen's upper-body injury behind him, the impending return of Zach Bogosian will have the group of six finally looking how many chalked it up in the preseason. 

Bogosian participated in a full practice for the third time this week on Thursday and, if he responds well, could make his season debut when the Sabres host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday.

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Nolan's play earns promotion to line with O'Reilly, Okposo

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Following their shutout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night, much of the talk coming from the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room was focused on their need to play with more emotion and intensity. Phil Housley said he saw those traits late in their 2-0 loss, but needed to see it from the opening puck drop.

It should be of no surprise, then, that Housley penciled Jordan Nolan's name alongside Ryan O'Reilly and Kyle Okposo when he reshuffled his lines for practice on Wednesday. Nolan's play has been a bright spot for the Sabres as of late, so much so that it earned him a promotion to the top six.

"I like the way he attacks the game," Housley said. "He's using his speed, he's getting the opportunity, he's controlling the puck down low in the offensive zone, he's willing to go to the net. He brings a physical element to the game as well."

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Scandella sees more offense coming from Sabres defensemen

Josefson out 4-6 weeks; Griffith clears waivers

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

In his return from a 10-game absence against Edmonton on Friday night, Rasmus Ristolainen's stat line included just about everything one could ask for from a top-pair defenseman. He kept up with his league-leading pace at 27:32 of ice time, recorded two assists, blocked six shots and delivered five shots on goal. 

The one feat that eluded him, and has eluded all of Buffalo's defensemen this season, is a goal of his own.

"I've been thinking about it personally for myself, why I haven't scored," Ristolainen said. "I've had a lot of shots, some chances ... I've got to keep working, keep shooting. Early in the year we maybe were struggling with our net-front presence, and I feel that now it's been there. We've got to keep shooting, and one day it will go in, for sure."

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Pominville, Scandella believe Sabres can rebound

Josefson practices; Kane talks clutch goals

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

With the Minnesota Wild coming to town on Wednesday, it was fitting for Jason Pominville to draw a comparison to his former team while assessing the current situation for the Buffalo Sabres after practice at KeyBank Center on Tuesday.

Specifically, Pominville looked back to the 2014-15 season, when the Wild had lost 12 out of 14 games prior to acquiring goaltender Devan Dubnyk on Jan. 14. The Wild won Dubnyk's debut 7-0 in Buffalo and then went on to win 28 of their last 40 games en route to a playoff berth.

The moral of the story, Pominville said, is that everything remains possible at this point of the season.

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