Buffalo N.Y. (WGR 550) - After riding a bit of a hot streak, the Buffalo Sabres got humbled on Monday night with a shutout loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-0, at KeyBank Center. It was Buffalo's first shutout loss of the season.
What better way, in most cases, to rebound from a eye-opening loss than to get back on the saddle again, as the Sabres will host the Seattle Kraken on Tuesday night.
Even with Monday's loss, the Sabres are still within reach to a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. While it may be easy to be glued to the standings, Sabres head coach Granato wants to be able to stay in the moment and not think too far ahead.
“You have to stay small picture," said Granato during his weekly appearance on the "Howard and Jeremy Show" on WGR. "The playoff race, I think, is something that it’s exciting when you talk about it, but for us, we need to stay focused on the moment.” Granato said.
Even with the rare off night the Sabres had on Monday, Granato still feels they were just missing opportunities. He also states if a couple shots went into the net, it could have provided some energy, and maybe wouldn’t have resulted in a 4-0 loss.
Granato is hoping his team will be dialed in, and be able to bounce back after the loss like they did last year while on a Western Canada road trip.
The Sabres are in the middle of a stretch that will feature 13 games in 22 days. Granato is trying to balance the practice schedule, and will adjust physically during the demanding schedule. He plans on little bit of practice time, with more time designated for video and meeting time.
“You’ll watch guys' minutes in game, you’ll try to get four lines going as much as possible, use your full [defensive] corps as much as possible, when possible,” Granato said with Howard Simon and Jeremy White.
Hear more of Granato’s appearance during the “Howard and Jeremy Show” available in the player below: