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Wednesday, 10.05.2011 / 1:19 PM
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com (@kwsnow) / BEYOND THE BOARDS
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ON THE ROAD AGAIN
HELSINKI, FINLAND -- It was another travel day for the Buffalo Sabres today as they continued on with their season-opening European tour. After an 8 a.m. bus from the hotel in Heidelberg, Germany, the entire Sabres travel party boarded an Air Berlin charter to Helsinki. The two hour and 20 minute flight landed in Helsinki just before 3 p.m., then it was straight to the Hartwall Areena for a quick 45-minute practice.

Lindy Ruff didn’t tinker with lines at all after last night’s 8-3 win over Adler Mannheim. These were the four line combos on the ice today this afternoon:
Vanek-Adam-Pominville
Boyes-Leino-Ennis
Stafford-Roy-Gerbe
McCormick-Gaustad-Kaleta

Matt Ellis and Jochen Hecht both took part in the workout wearing red jerseys. Drew MacIntyre remains on the trip as Buffalo’s emergency third goalie.


Teppo Numminen is excited about his return home to Finland, and talked about his memories of playing some big games at Hartwall Areena.

“I would say the World Cup games are my favorite, when you have your best teams. It’s the best players in the world, and all the NHL players were there. Just to be involved with the talented players, playing for the same reason, playing for your country … it’s really special.”


Following practice, Ruff met with the media as usual. But there was nothing normal about this press conference. Rather than address the media in a scrum format, Ruff appeared at a podium in front of 25 members of the Buffalo, national and Finnish media that were in attendance. But the normal practice of the media asking all the questions is altered somewhat here as a moderator basically runs the press conference and asks most of the questions. Ruff seemed caught off guard


Despite being played at international venues, both of Buffalo’s games this weekend will be played using NHL-sized ice surfaces. To accommodate the changes, the benches at Hartwall Areena have been moved in 15 feet from the stands.

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