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Sabres' search for offense continues

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The search for goals continues. The Staples Center may not be the best place for the Buffalo Sabres to find many.

The Sabres have been shut out four straight times — all by 2-0 scores — in the Los Angeles Kings' cavernous home arena, where they play the second game of their Western road trip Saturday night. They haven't scored since Craig Rivet's third-period goal in a 4-3 shootout loss on Jan. 21, 2010, and haven't won here since Oct. 23, 2003.

Not the best colliding odds when you consider this year's 0-3-1 record and just nine goals by three players in the four games.

"We haven't had many bounce goals, battling goals. So it's an issue," scoreless center Ryan O'Reilly said after practice Friday in the Toyota Sports Center. "Forwards need to get to the net more and 'D' need to get the puck there quicker."

"You've got to get dirty, to the hard area," said coach Phil Housley. "Our 'D' has to do a better job getting pucks through and finding lanes if we're going to pay a price there. We're going to continue to work on that and it's a big area we need to improve on. ... That's a niche guys make livings on."

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Kyle Okposo did not practice Friday after sitting out Thursday's morning skate due to the flu. Okposo had his best game of the season against the Sharks.

"We just needed to give him a day off," Housley said. "I thought he had a good game and grinded it out. Just trying to get him rested and get his energy back."

All other players were on the ice as scheduled and the lines remained the same as they were in San Jose, except for healthy scratch Matt Moulson in Okposo's place.


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