Bylsma works to build up Buffalo Sabres

Buffalo Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. (Dec. 14, 2015)


DETROIT (WOOD) — Seven seasons ago, Grand Haven native Dan Bylsma stood on the ice at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit and hoisted the Stanley Cup as head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

He returned to the Joe Monday as a the head coach of the Buffalo Sabres. That team was a laughing stock last year, but has improved greatly this season under new coach Bylsma.

The Red Wings have dominated the Sabres in recent years: They have won eight straight; are 16-0-1 in their last 17 against the Sabres at Joe Louis Arena; and are 31-5-4 in their last 40 against Buffalo. But the Wings say they realize the Sabres are much better under Bylsma.

Above, Bylsma discusses “developing a winning culture” with the Sabres and the Red Wings talk about taking on the improving team.

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