With wins in two straight games, the Sabres have already checked a number of boxes as they approach the middle of November. They're 6-2-2 in their last 10 games, marking their best such stretch since the end of the 2015-16 season. Their 6-4-2 October matched their best start since 2011.
That success had been teased since the beginning of training camp, when players and coaches spoke of a newly formed culture to go with a revamped roster. It will be put to the test again as the Sabres begin a difficult nine-day stretch, starting with a home game against Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
"We've got Tampa, let's not look too much further than that, but when you look at the next games coming up, we've got [five] games in nine nights against good opponents," Sabres coach Phil Housley said. "That's going to tell a lot about our team.