Krueger: We can't accept the results because of how well we've played

November 26, 2019 - 5:40 pm
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The Buffalo Sabres are back home on Wednesday night to host the Calgary Flames at KeyBank Center after a disappointing three-game road trip that saw the team earning just two out of a possible six points in the standings.

While the Sabres came up short in two of the three contests away from home, it was a decent road trip that saw the team competing and challenging the opposition in both ends of the ice. Outside of the third period in Tampa Bay on Monday night against the Lightning, Buffalo looked to show some semblance of the competitive team that got off to a 9-2-2 start to the season in October.

After a very solid effort on Thursday night in a 3-2 loss to the Boston Bruins, the Sabres came back with a 5-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Sunday to snap a three-game losing skid. Buffalo closed out the road trip on Monday with a 5-2 loss to the Lightning.

Where the Sabres continue to struggle as of late and where they shoot themselves in the foot every night is with special teams. The power play has gone stone cold, only going 1-for-31 in the 11 games played in November, while the penalty kill has given up at least one power play goal in nine straight games.

Buffalo will look to bounce back against a Flames team on Wednesday that is struggling themselves with an 11-12-4 record and 26 points in the Western Conference standings. Calgary has lost seven of the team's last eight games, which included a 3-2 overtime loss on Monday night to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Aside from the team's struggles, the organization faces a bigger dilemma surrounding head coach Bill Peters, who is the subject of controversy for some alleged racial slurs and other altercations with some former players when with the Chicago Blackhawks and Carolina Hurricanes organizations.

Flames general manager Brad Treliving said on Tuesday that the team is still conducting their own investigation into the allegations and that no decision on his future will be made until they thoroughly complete their investigation. Peters will not coach the Flames on Wednesday night in Buffalo as assistant coach Geoff Ward will take over.

Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger took the time on Wednesday to join Howard Simon and Jeremy White for his weekly appearance on WGR. Krueger discussed the injury status of defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, the power play struggles and more.

Here is some of what he had to say:

Krueger on Dahlin's injury status:

"We've had a bit of a grind as of late, and adding Rasmus to the list [of injuries] is quite disappoint. But when you're dealing with concussions, it's a day-to-day issue. We're not expecting him for the next few days, but we hope it's a quick recover. But again, it's difficult to guess the timeline with an injury like that."

Krueger on the two-game suspension given to Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak:

"We would've rather had a five-minute major within the game because that kind of suspension really does us no good and we don't see Tampa Bay for a while. At least it's confirmation that it was what we thought it was. The player has received a reprimand for that, which is important because that's the kind of hitting we don't want to see in the National Hockey League."

Krueger on the injury status of Marcus Johansson:

"We're going to take a look at him today. He stayed back here in Buffalo [during the road trip]. We worked together with him and our rehab team in Buffalo, and it looks like he's progressed positively. We hope that the pregame skate goes well today, so he's still a question mark for tonight, but I would say more on the positive side of seeing him in the lineup."

Krueger on the team's power play struggles:

"I think everybody knows that we had a hot power play off the hop, and Victor Olofsson, on the back side, was a bit of a surprise. That's being eliminated, and we need to be better at finding options. We can't be happy with our power play production at all with the skill that we have. It will be a major focal point of the game today. We are self critical on it, and the guys are digging deep. We need to bring in more deception. We need to be less readable on where we're going to attack and how we're going to attack. We have had scoring chances on the power play, but not finishing our opportunities is probably our biggest weakness at the moment. Our power play will decide where our game goes. It is our motor offensively, and it needs to get going here quickly."

You can listen to the entire interview below:

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