BUFFALO, N.Y. - One game down and a man down for the Sabres. Ville Leino missed practice - he's out indefinitely with a cracked rib suffered in the first period against Detroit. Johan Larsson is slated to take his spot in the lineup.
The Sabres back to work Thursday after falling 2-1 to the Red Wings. Another division game on tap with the home opener against Ottawa on Friday evening.
A slow start cost the Sabres, along with struggles on the power play. The team went 0-for-7 with the man advantage, including a pair of 5-on-3's.
"It needs to get to the net. We just didn't do a good job," head coach Ron Rolston said. "I thought we played slow on the power play. I think at times we think we have to pass it into the net. We just played slow, we didn't move it quick enough, and once we got it up top, we didn't get things down there."
"Well I think movements and shots (can improve)," said co-captain Steve Ott. "Anytime you try to pepper shots it usually wears out a PK. For us we didn't generate many opportunities. So sticking with it, having good movement and hopefully finding some good scoring chances."
A little bitter sweet for Zemgus Girgensons on Wednesday night. The Latvian born player made his NHL debut. His parents flight got held up on their way to Detroit and they missed what turned out to be an extra special night.
The 19-year-old Girgensons netted the first goal of his young career. It came in the third period and cut the Red Wings lead in half.
"I think it's pretty big to just get it out of the way because you don't have to think about it the next game, or as long as it takes," Girgensons said. "Getting that first game definitely brings the confidence up, calms you down and makes it a little bit easier."
Marcus Foligno participated in some drills in practice Thursday but is still limited to non-contact work. The forward's been out with a muscle strain since September 22. He has a slim chance to return over the weekend, but it's more likely he'll be back on Tuesday.