Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta is potentially facing another suspension.
Kaleta was scheduled to have a disciplinary hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety, following a hit to Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson. There was no penalty on the hit, though it did lead to a fighting major. Kaleta was offered an in-person hearing, which is required by the CBA for a suspension that can exceed five games.
Still winless, the Sabres now hit the road for another tough test, facing off with the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks Saturday night.
The hockey club coming off a 4-1 loss to Columbus. The defense pair of Tyler Myers and Mike Weber struggled, eventually being split up and finishing a combined -7. The team with just five goals in five games and sits in last place in the NHL standings.
"It's not an excuse to say we're a young team, can't even use that right now," goaltender Ryan Miller said. "We're a team in the NHL, we have good players, we have to execute. That's the attitude we're going to start taking and start talking about. Clean it up, move forward and play some hockey."
"I thought we were playing well until we made a couple mistakes at the end of the first there," head coach Ron Rolston said. "We were playing good hockey, they scored the first goal but I thought we got back at it. We bounced back with a goal, a couple bad plays at the end of the first period. Makes it 3-1 and deflates your bench at that point."
"There are expectations in here. It's not just a learning season," Miller added. "This is about a chance to play for the playoffs and play for a Stanley Cup, not wasting time. We've burned a few games here, we need to improve. Again, there's a foundation here, there's enough talent here we have to get over the hump and we have to play better. There's no getting around it, but I think we will."