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Sabres Notebook: Power play gets its shot; Fedun leaves after puck to ear

The Sabres had the best power play in the NHL last year, so it's not like Phil Housley has to start from scratch. There are tweaks the new coach would like to make, however.

"I just would like to see them have more of a shot mentality," Housley said Tuesday. "They're just passing up opportunities. I think we've got to simplify our game in that area."

The Sabres practiced the power play as they prepared to visit Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Housley challenged the two units to shoot, and he counted 20 shots in a four-minute span.

The first unit featured Jack Eichel, Ryan O'Reilly, Kyle Okposo, Sam Reinhart and Rasmus Ristolainen. Evander Kane, Jason Pominville, Nathan Beaulieu and Zach Bogosian anchored the second group, with Matt Moulson and Zemgus Girgensons sharing time.

To emphasize accurate shots throughout practice, Housley instructed players to do pushups if they missed the net.

"It's just a mentality: When you're doing a drill, shoot to score," Housley said. "We've even included the post in that regard as part of the net because I want guys picking corners."


The Sabres hardly have an injury epidemic. Still, the list is getting longer.

Defenseman Taylor Fedun left practice after taking a puck to the ear. He didn't return.

"I'm sure he probably had to take a couple stitches," Housley said. "It's unfortunate, but that's hockey, right? He laid down to block a puck. He plays like he practices, so it was unfortunate."

The Sabres also skated without defenseman Jake McCabe (shoulder) and forwards Evan Rodrigues (upper body), Alex Nylander (lower body) and Sean Malone (undisclosed).

Rodrigues had a cast on his right hand and wrist while he watched the workout.


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