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Struggling Sabres strive to snap skid

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The struggling Buffalo Sabres look stop a three-game losing skid Thursday night as they return to the home ice for a matchup with the Montreal Canadiens. YNN's Andy Young reports from First Niagara Center.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Since opening the season with back-to-back wins, Sabres have have lost seven of their last eight games. They're in last place in the Northeast Division, and 14th out of 15 teams in the Eastern Conference.

Head coach Lindy Ruff is the longest tenured coach in the NHL, but the results haven't been there in recent years. A bad start this season, no playoffs last year, and they haven't won a postseason series since 2007.

Ruff was asked on Thursday if he's concerned about the need for change on the team, be it himself or the players.

"I think you're always concerned. I think my job is to keep the morale up. I think the hope for the team has been real good. The guys have been positive, they've been upbeat. So you've got to give them credit for really digging in. But I understand the other side of it too. We need to win games. We need to win them now," Ruff said.

The Sabres current three-game losing streak began against the Canadiens last Saturday.

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