The Sabres, after playing in front of a fairly empty building last week and having another game postponed, get back to normal tonight when Winnipeg visits First Niagara Center. The snow problems are over, and a three-game winning streak has taken their place.
Here's a look at this morning's stories heading into the game:
*As Amy Moritz writes, those are three wins in regulation. The last time that happened was March 23-27, 2012. Stringing those wins together has been an important part of the Sabres' rebuilding effort, helping a young group learn the building blocks of winning habits.
“It’s not a one-off win. It’s something we built,” defenseman Tyson Strachan said. “We built it on good fundamentals and bought into the system – and get a few wins under your belt, now you have that confidence you can do it night in, night out.”
Confidence. That’s the word uttered over and over in the Sabres dressing room.
*Josh Gorges returned to practice Tuesday. He hopes to play Friday or Saturday against Montreal, his former team.
“Obviously I’m pushing to be back as soon as possible, and I’m hoping this weekend for a bunch of different reasons, but right now it’s a day at a time,” Gorges said. “We’ll see how I feel tomorrow, and we’ll go for the next day. I’m ahead of schedule, but I’m not there yet.”
*Also in the Notebook, Ted Nolan says they may not recall a center with Cody McCormick out. Patrick Kaleta, a right winger, has practiced at center the for two days.
“We’re going to keep the status quo right now,” Nolan said. “We practiced Kaleta at center ice. He’s been waiting to get in, so we’ll see how that works.
“One thing, he’s eager to play. He likes to track people. He wants to get in and contribute, so we’ll play him there, work him in. Not for defensive zone faceoffs and so forth, but for an energy guy that’s exactly what we need.”
Nolan also said it was likely centers Zemgus Girgensons and Cody Hodgson could take some double shifts.
*The Rochester Amerks also play at home tonight, and one player is adjusting to a new position.
Offensive defenseman Jerome Leduc is playing right wing, according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, because the team is short on forwards and long on D-men.
"I like it," he told the paper. "Being at forward, I'm in the lineup so I want to help the team win games. I try to be focused on what I can do."