Sabres running out of time as lowly Red Wings visit

The Buffalo Sabres’ three-game winning streak in mid-January gave them hope of a playoff push.That seems like a distant memory now, as they’ve lost four of their last five games. Buffalo, which hosts the last-place Detroit Red Wings on Thursday, has dropped to .500 for the season.Following an overtime victory over Columbus to halt a three-game slide, the Sabres were blasted at home by Colorado 6-1 on Tuesday.”I think there’s a lot of reflecting that needs to be going on and guys need to demand a lot more out of themselves than they have,” center Sam Reinhart told NHL.com.Reinhart scored right before the horn to end the first period. The Avalanche scored four times in the second period.”What happened then the next 20 minutes (is) truly unacceptable, and we have to do a deep dive on that,” Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said. “Really disappointed. The goal that we scored at the end of the first seemed to bring us back into that start. … I thought we began by playing the game we wanted to play, but we just deserted it.”The Sabres can rejoin the race if they get red hot. They play five of their next six games at home, including a pair of dates with the floundering Red Wings. But they need to regain the sharpness they showed while stringing together wins against Detroit, Vegas and Dallas from Jan 12-16.”I think it’s all coming down to the players at this point,” Reinhart said. “I think that the systems and the game plans that are set out for us give us an opportunity to have success. I think it goes back to what I’m trying to preach here. Guys need to demand more out of themselves and a lot of guys need to step the (heck) up.”

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