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THE BIG DAY HAS ARRIVED

Thursday, 10.06.2011 / 7:22 AM
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com (@kwsnow) / BEYOND THE BOARDS
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HELSINKI, FINLAND --- Lindy Ruff closed his morning media conference at Hartwall Areena today with the news that everyone has been expecting: he will name a team captain tonight at a team dinner in downtown Helsinki.

Follow @Sabresdotcom on Twitter for the exclusive announcement of the captaincy later today, along with video from the dinner on Sabres.com. Keep in mind that Finland is seven hours ahead of Eastern Time, so it could come anytime after 12 Noon ET.

Ruff didn’t tip has hat as to whether it would be a full time or rotating captain, only joking with the media as he walked away by saying, “Do you want me to tell you now?”

The Sabres haven’t had a captain since Craig Rivet was claimed on re-entry waivers by the Columbus Blue Jackets on February 26. Seven different players wore the “C” during the preseason.



Ennis
Following practice the team gathered at center ice and sang “Happy Birthday” to Tyler Ennis who turned the ripe old age of 22 today. A few minutes later they collected together one more time to serenade Ville Leino with the Finnish rendition of “Happy Birthday” -- which translated is “Hyvaa syntymapaivaa!” The newly acquired Leino is 28 years old today.



I had a chance to walk around Hartwall Areena after practice, and made sure to make the trip downstairs to the practice rink known as “The Cave.” Very cool facility – literally. It sits 25 meters underground, so the air in the rink is very cold. Check out this video we shot for more information:



The building is also decorated with numerous posters highlighting its previous major sporting events and concerts. While roaming the hallways today I stumbled upon the obligatory Roxette concert posters, along with a couple of others that will make Buffalo sports fans smile.



And did you know: Hartwall Areena was the last concert for Geri Halliwell with the Spice Girls on May 26, 1998. Of course this is just a blatant opportunity for me to mention Ginger Spice in a Sabres blog. People of the world, spice up your life!

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  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