Following their loss to Vegas on Tuesday, Phil Housley said that the Buffalo Sabres' fault was in their preparation. That game had been preceded by a day off, and Housley thought the Sabres lacked their competitive mindset when the puck dropped.
The Sabres find themselves in a similar position on Friday, hosting the Vancouver Canucks in their first game back from a long western road trip.
"It was a valuable lesson," Housley said. "Coming off the road you tend to decompress as a player because you come home, you're with your family, you have to get that mindset of gearing up again and mentally preparing because Vancouver's a hardworking team.