The 2017-18 Buffalo Sabres were the golden children of the analytics crowd before the season started, with Phil Housley as head coach and some changes in the lineup, it was predicted to be a turn around season by some.
However, that's far from the case.
After losing their third straight game in a shootout, the team sits in the bottom of the Eastern Conference and is 1-7-2 in their last 10 games.
After their latest loss, Housley called out his players.
"It’s quite embarrassing," Housley said. "We had a game plan, and I don’t think we executed on that.
"The only way this is going to change is that group in that room. They’ve got a choice."
"Hopefully, we'll look back at this stretch and learn from it," Housely said, according to Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News. "Right now we're in the thick of it and there's no easy way out. It's about digging in, having a lot of pride, and showing some emotion."
Harrington went on to say you could "see the steam coming from Housley's ears" during his post game media scrum.
It doesn't get any easier for the Sabres with matchups against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues next week.
There was no Pollyanna tonight. Housley was precisely speaking his words. You could see the steam emerging from his ears. pic.twitter.com/iH2QMaMR3H
— Mike Harrington (@ByMHarrington) December 2, 2017