By Bill Hoppe, Special to the Providence Journal
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Nothing could spoil David Price’s day, not even a shaky rehabilitation start. Hours before the left-hander lasted only two innings with the Pawtucket Red Sox, he brought his newborn son, Xavier, home from the hospital.
BUFFALO - Very quietly, after years of ineptitude on home ice, the Sabres have recently morphed into a strong team at KeyBank Center, winning four straight games. Of course, four consecutive home victories isn't overly impressive. But for the Sabres, who haven't finished above .500 at home since 2012-13, the streak represents progress.
Late in the summer, when USA's top junior hockey talent convened for a short training camp in Plymouth, Mich., coach Bob Motzko said he felt a pulse on the team. Teams fielded for short tournaments, despite often having a wealth of talent, sometimes fizzle because they lack chemistry.