Nolan: “Taking it easy is over now”

Buffalo Sabres left wing Tyler Ennis, left, tries to get a shot in on Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Coming off a game where the Sabres registered just ten shots on goal, head coach Ted Nolan put his team through a lengthy workout to try and get them back on track.

“I always give our team a ten game grace period,” said head coach Ted Nolan. “You give them a little bit of rope, maybe some with hang themselves. What we saw over the last ten or so games, we saw that…Taking it easy is over now.”

Nolan talked several times after practice, regarding the team’s work ethic.

“If it’s not working, you’re not working hard enough,” said Nolan.

“We got some good characters on this team… sometimes we get caught up in wishing for things to turn around, versus working for things to turn around,” said Nolan.

One of the players he mentioned specifically is Cody Hodgson, who spent Wednesday’s practice skating with the fourth line. Nolan said, Hodgson is close to playing his way into being a healthy scratch.

The Sabres get right back to work tomorrow night, hosting Boston at 7pm. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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