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Ailing Sabres head into Christmas break with four-game winless skid

The NHL's three-day holiday break has come at a good time for the Sabres.

The sick, tired and injured team dropped its fourth straight game Tuesday night, a 6-3 decision in Detroit. Buffalo is on an 0-3-1 skid after a 10-3 run that got them out of the basement. Here's a look at today's story lines:

*It’s not all that fair to extend Christmas coal to the Buffalo Sabres for what happened Tuesday night in Joe Louis Arena, Mike Harrington writes.

Under normal circumstances, blowing a two-goal lead during a road game in which you score a short-handed goal is pretty unforgivable. But short-handed is exactly what you have to call the Sabres in this one.

They led, 3-1, late in the second period but a lineup missing eight regulars and utilizing five call-ups from Rochester simply couldn’t hold up through 60 minutes.

*From Harrington's Notebook, the Sabres are certainly unhappy but have grudgingly accepted the fact they have lost their captain on a vicious check that the NHL deemed not worthy of a suspension.

*The Detroit News tells the story of how the Red Wings overcame a 3-2 deficit and ended a six-game winless streak.

*The Detroit Free Press gives a bullet-point presentation on how the Red Wings won.

The video highlights of the game are below.

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