While they waited for an optional practice to begin at KeyBank Center on Tuesday morning, the trio of Justin Bailey, Evan Rodrigues and Nicholas Baptiste warmed up on the same end of the ice. The three forwards laughed and joked with one another as they took shots on an open net.
The three players have spent quite a bit of time with one another as of late. Before games they can be found sitting together on the home bench, looking out onto the ice. Their stalls in the Buffalo Sabres dressing room are situated next to each other: Bailey on the left, Rodrigues in the middle and Baptiste on the right.
Coincidentally, that same arrangement has clicked on the ice for the Sabres over the past two games. Phil Housley put Bailey, Rodrigues and Baptiste on a line together in the third period of the team's win over Chicago on Saturday, and the trio used their speed on the forecheck to combine for the game-tying goal: