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ENROTH TO START AT HOME AGAINST CAPITALS

Tuesday, 01.28.2014 / 2:11 PM
By Chris Ryndak - Sabres.com (@chrisryndak) / THE MORNING SKATE
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THE MORNING SKATE
ENROTH TO START AT HOME AGAINST CAPITALS

Coming off a 3-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on the road Monday night, the Buffalo Sabres are looking for a better result Tuesday at home against the Washington Capitals.

The Sabres host the Capitals at First Niagara Center at 7:30 p.m. The game can be seen nationally on NBCSN.

Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan will make a few lineup changes for the game.

John Scott will be in for Linus Omark on the fourth line and Alexander Sulzer will replace Jamie McBain on defense. Jhonas Enroth will start in goal.

When asked about McBain and his play against Pittsburgh, Nolan spoke about how he wants his team to play the same way every game, regardless of the opponent. To improve in that regard, he’s looking for a more consistent effort from each player.

“I just want to see better. As every player on this team, you’ve got to be better. There are a couple others that were in the same boat but the bottom line is we have to be better,” he said. “There are just no other ways to put it, especially with the team that we have.

“We can’t afford one or two bad blunders and turnovers and not concentrating. This is a 60-minute game and we have to play that way all the time and if we don’t, we’re going to get ourselves in trouble no matter how good our goaltending is.”


The Sabres held a players-only meeting after the loss in Pittsburgh that lasted almost 10 minutes. Captain Steve Ott said after the morning skate Friday that they revered the Penguins a little too much and need to correct that moving forward into the game against the Capitals.

“We had a little talk. Obviously we’re trying to better our team here as well on a daily basis. They’re such a good team in aspect of the players and personnel that they have but you can respect your opponent but you can’t fear them,” he said. “I thought we were a little gun-shy to start that game, almost in awe – a little bit of an awe factor. You can’t have that mindset.”

With that mindset also comes the need to play a more physical, desperate game. Alternate captain Henrik Tallinder addressed that after the morning skate and also said that it’s up to the veteran players to push for more accountability.

“We have to come in with a lot more grit and a lot more determination into a game like last night,” Tallinder said. “To be able to get games going or get the team going, you have to play physical and be a little bit more competitive than we were last night.”

Buffalo is looking to move past the game in Pittsburgh and focus on putting in a good effort against Washington. It’s the second game of five for the Sabres over an eight-day stretch.

“It wasn’t a good game overall for us, so we’re trying to put that behind us and focus on Washington tonight,” Sabres center Cody Hodgson said. “They’re another skilled, top-end team that we need to keep in check and figure out how to generate some offense.”


The Sabres have not allowed a power-play goal in their past four games and are 9-for-9 during that stretch. Ott credited the work assistant coach Joe Sacco has done with the penalty killers both on the ice and during video sessions.

“[Continuing] to keep short, aggressive shifts has been a key to our penalty kill as of late,” Ott said. “I think you’ve seen us all pressuring in certain situations and I think we’re starting to really feel like we’re reading off each other a lot better. If one guy goes to pursue pressure, they’re all going.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82