The Official Site of the Buffalo Sabres Twitter Insider Mobile App Twitter Facebook The Official Site of the Buffalo Sabres
Beyond The Boards


Sunday, 10.2.2011 / 9:12 AM ET
By Kevin Snow - (@kwsnow) / BEYOND THE BOARDS
Share with your Friends

MANNHEIM, GERMANY --- Just hours after landing in Germany, Lindy Ruff put the Buffalo Sabres through a spirited one-hour practice at the SAP Arena. The team touched down at 8:50 a.m. local time (2:50 a.m. ET), and was at the rink two hours later. Ruff said it was important to keep the players in a constant state of motion as they prepare for Tuesday’s exhibition game against Adler Mannheim.

“I think to just get the legs underneath you, and break up what’s going to be a long day. We want to try and stay on schedule, and make sure that everybody stays up and gets back on what would be our North American schedule,” he explained. “We have stressed the importance of staying on schedule, and not laying down and ending up with a three-hour nap and then you can’t sleep during the night.”

Ruff was very pleased with how the Sabres reacted to the lengthy skate.

“I actually thought they looked pretty good. We kept it a little on the lighter side. But overall I thought the boys skated pretty well.”

Thomas Vanek referred to the international sized ice surface at SAP Arena as an “ocean,” but doesn’t foresee any adjustment problems for the Sabres.

“We come out of the corners back home and it’s a scoring chance. Whereas over here, you’re still a mile away. But I think it’s going to be fun. We’re a good skating team and I think we’ll get used to it pretty quickly.”

Ruff tinkered with the lines somewhat at practice. Nathan Gerbe moved up to play with Derek Roy and Drew Stafford, while Brad Boyes took Stafford’s spot on the Leino/Ennis line. Luke Adam centered Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville; and Patrick Kaleta skated with a four-man group that also consisted of Paul Gaustad, Matt Ellis and Cody McCormick. Jochen Hecht skated in a non-contact role, and isn’t expected to play in Tuesday’s exhibition against his former German club team.
@BuffaloSabres Instagram is the official Web site of The Buffalo Sabres. The Buffalo Sabres and are trademarks of The Hockey Western New York, LLC. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2016 The Hockey Western New York, LLC and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.