The high-priced Buffalo Sabres' tumble from the top of the Eastern Conference to its bottom is just as perplexing to them as it is to most outside observers.
''We're living through it,'' right wing Drew Stafford said Monday before the team departed for Tuesday's game at the New Jersey Devils. ''We're the ones on the ice, and we're the ones responsible for the games. It's been like this for a while, and you have to answer for it and answer why.''
Amid growing calls for a shake-up, the Sabres returned home briefly for practice after losing the first five games of a seven-game road trip, their longest of the season. Buffalo is just 1-7-1 in its past nine overall, and the NHL's highest-paid team is in danger of falling into sole possession of 15th place in the East just two months after being a point out of the No. 1 spot.
Since blanking the Carolina Hurricanes 1-0 on Nov. 18 to move to 12-7-0 on the season, the Sabres have gone 7-17-5. They entered Monday tied with Carolina for last...