Eichel, Sabres frustrated over slow start


BUFFALO, N.Y. — Center Jack Eichel says frustrations over the team’s slow start to the season are beginning to eat away at the Buffalo Sabres.

Rather than sit and mope or talk about the need to play better, the Sabres franchise player says, “there’s no better time than now” for the team to begin showing it on the ice.

Eichel spoke Tuesday morning before Buffalo returned from a three-day break to host the Washington Capitals.

At 4-8-2, the Sabres have dropped three of their past four and sit last in the Eastern Conference. With 35 goals scored and 53 allowed, Buffalo’s minus-18 goal differential is the second-worst in the NHL, behind only Arizona’s minus-24.

This is not the start the Sabres were anticipating under new coach Phil Housley and general manager Jason Botterill.

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