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FRIDAY CAMP NOTES

Friday, 09.23.2011 / 10:15 AM
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com / BEYOND THE BOARDS
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BEYOND THE BOARDS
FRIDAY CAMP NOTES
Tonight’s line combinations vs. Toronto:
Vanek-Roy Pominville
Gerbe-Gaustad-Kaleta
Stuart-McCormick-Boyes
Ryan-Ellis-Tropp

Defensemen: Leopold, Gragnani, McNabb, Ehrhoff, Weber, Brennan

Ryan Miller will start and play the entire game. Drew MacIntyre will serve as the backup.

Colin Stuart wore #23 during his recall last season; he will wear #15 tonight.


Jordan Leopold will see his first action of the preseason tonight, and the nine-year veteran knows exactly how he wants to handle his ice time.

“Keep it simple, that’s the basic thing,” he says. “I’m just getting my feet wet after a long summer, and I’m excited to get back out there. To be able to go out and compete again is a good feeling.”


Playing three nights in a row presents a unique challenge for head coach Lindy Ruff in terms of lineup preparation, but he has already formulated a plan for the weekend.

“We’re going to give a group of six forwards back-to-back games, try and get used to the grind a little bit,” explained Ruff. “Obviously it’s different because we’re going to play four lines and the ice time will be down. In some ways I think it’s good that you get accustomed to what you’re going to deal with during the year.”


As the Buffalo Sabres took to the ice at the First Niagara Center to prepare for tonight's game in Toronto, 11 other players found out they were being assigned to the AHL's Rochester Americans.

The group consists of: forwards Riley Boychuk, Jacob Lagace, Maxime Legault, Shawn Szydlowski, Travis Turnbull and Mark Voakes; defensemen Alex Biega, Nick Crawford, Corey Fienhage and Matt MacKenzie; and goaltender Jeff Jakaitis. Of the 11, only Biega had seen any preseason action with the big club.

Rochester will open their training camp on Monday at the Blue Cross Arena.

This leaves the Sabres with 41 players still in training camp (24 forwards, 13 defensemen and four goaltenders).

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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