The Buffalo Sabers kicked off the campaign with two straight losses to the Washington Capitals on Thursday and Saturday, but their players still believe in their means and don’t want to relive the gloom of the past few years.
Defeated 6-4 and 2-1 by Alexander Ovechkin’s side, head coach Ralph Krueger’s men feel they deserved a better fate in the second matchup. Having dominated 31-21 in shots, they believe the outcome will be much different if they manage to deliver similar performances in their next games.
With newcomers Taylor Hall and Eric Staal in the lineup, the Sabers feel more reassured about their potential.
“I think with the signing of these big names who have been in the league for a long time and who have already won something, we have more confidence,” said the daily Buffalo news defender Rasmus Ristolainen. So you stay at ease. I like our group. We have four lines and anyone can score. ”
“You can pick up the best from some games like this and hopefully the guys can ease that pain in the right way so that we can continue down the road,” added Krueger.
Bounce back quickly
With a schedule of 56 games, the clubs of the National League will have little time to lament and they will have to avoid long food shortages without a victory. Above all, it will be important to work tirelessly.
“You will play good games that you will not win and this one maybe was. However, it is a question of results in this sport and this league. We have to come back strong, keep working and try to win the next game, ”said forward Jeff Skinner.
In addition, the Sabers could be deprived of the services of forward Sam Reinhart, Monday, during their duel against the Philadelphia Flyers.
The 25-year-old suffers from a lower body injury, but will travel to Pennsylvania with his teammates.
“It’s a lower body injury that doesn’t look too serious,” Krueger said in his press briefing on Sunday. He will be on the trip and we will make a decision in due course. We will have morning practice tomorrow [lundi], this will allow us to make decisions about our training. ”
In two games this season, Reinhart has provided an assist and maintained a -1 rating.