BUFFALO, N.Y. — They're sitting at the bottom of the league, so there's no time to sit back and relax.
Ted Nolan put the last-place Sabres through the paces at practice on Tuesday, as they try to sure things up in multiple facets of the game with four days between games.
"Anytime you have a little bit of a break like this, I think it's important to make sure you keep the habits in practice," defenseman Tyler Myers said. "And I think we've done a great job of that the past two days."
"We've got a lot of young players who have to work hard everyday to get the consistency out there," forward Ville Leino said. "There's no easy practices when you've got time off like this. You've got to stay in shape."
The layoff between games is not only an opportunity for the Sabres to fine tune things on the ice, but also a chance for the players and the new head coach, who is still just three weeks into the job, to further strengthen their cohesion.
"It's a good benefit for myself personally to get to know this team a little bit more, and set a different mindset how we approach going to work everyday," interim head coach Ted Nolan said. "Yesterday we had a good work day, today we had another work day. We've got to work when the time permits, and the games become easier and it becomes habit that we just compete harder."
"I think it's just fitting in with the dressing room," said forward Cody McCormick, who is due to return to the lineup Thursday after missing the past four games with an upper body injury.
"I think everybody is on the same page here. Everybody is bringing their work ethic to the rink everyday. You come to the rink excited. You're looking forward to the next game. We have another day of practice. I think everybody in here is ready to play a game again."
And they'll have that chance Thursday night at home against the New York Rangers.