Ruff Tries to Snap Sabres Mini-Slump

Coach Lindy Ruff is trying to stop the slide of the recently slumping Sabres.

The Sabres are stuck in a four-game losing streak. The surging Senators are nipping at Buffalo’s heels for the Northeast lead.

It’s a pretty complete reversal of fortunes as Buffalo is 2-7-1 in their last 10, while Ottawa is 9-1-0.

Coach Lindy Ruff ran a tough practice yesterday, trying to get everyone focused and aggressive.

It’s hard to diagnose what’s wrong with the Sabres. They’re scoring goals, barring their last loss to Columbus.

It seems like Ruff saw fellow Boston’s 10-game losing streak and panicked the Sabres own mini losing streak would snowball.

The thing is, Buffalo’s troubles don’t seem to be coaching-related per se. Rather, there’s been a general lack of aggression and a lot of backwards skating, waiting for plays to unfold. Players are positioned well – they’re just kind of standing around rather than actually doing anything.

We’ll see if Ruff scared everyone straight tonight, as the Sabres take on the equally slumping Bruins (who finally won Sunday).