Buffalo N.Y. (WGR 550) - The Buffalo Sabres are currently riding quite the hot streak with wins in their last four games. Their last two wins have come on the road as part of the team's recent Western road trip against the Dallas Stars and the St. Louis Blues.
The Sabres are approaching the tail end of their incredibly tough stretch of games, where they will play 13 games in 22 days.
The next big game on the schedule comes Thursday night when they face the Winnipeg Jets for an 8 p.m. EST faceoff at Canada Life Centre. Winnipeg currently sits in second place in the Western Conference behind Dallas with 63 points.
Sabres head coach Don Granato has been happy with how his team has played recently, but is still focused on the job in front of his group.
“You get to enjoy the win, as we did in Dallas the other night for about five minutes, then your brain moves to St. Louis,” said Granato on Thursday during an appearance on the "Howard and Jeremy Show" on WGR.
With such a young team, Granato looks at the team as being young, and not having many losses.
“The longer someone has played in the NHL, the more they have lost,” Granato said with Jeremy White and Joe DiBiase.
With so many games in such little time, Granato has talked about making sure he rests their players on days off, as they head towards the All-Star break next week.
“In the next 20 days after this, we’ll have four games compared to 12,” Granato said. "We’ve had to make adjustments, and one of the adjustments is I’ve decided we work a lot better rested,”
The Sabres have gotten their scoring up again, as Buffalo has scored, at least, three goals in the past five games and have only lost once in that stretch. The Sabres also lead the NHL with 17 games this year scoring five-or-more goals. Granato knows he does not want his team to sit back and play defense, which he says is not exciting hockey.
“No team is going to respect you if you can’t score, so you flip it the other way when you score a lot," Granato said. "The hope is you can score a lot, and then the impact is the other team fears you."
Hear more of Granato’s appearance during the “Howard and Jeremy Show” available in the player below: