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SLY NOTES FROM FINLAND

Thursday, 10.06.2011 / 8:35 AM
By Kevin Sylvester - Sabres "Hockey Hotline" Host / SLY NOTES
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SLY NOTES FROM FINLAND
- What an experience this trip has been so far!  I had been to Europe before, but only Spain (which was great).  This of course is different of course due to the nature of the trip.  It's been great having. Jochen Hecht, Christian Ehrhoff, Ville Leino, and Teppo Numminen around to give us tips and offer the occasional interpretation.  Each have been helpful to everyone, and you can't help but notice their pride in bringing their team to their native land.

- I know some fans and media question the need start the season in Europe for the NHL Premiere series, and think it doesn't make much sense.  I used to be one of those doubters, but now I see why it's down.  The buzz it has created in both countries the Sabres are visiting has been excellent.  That's great for the league's growth as a global product product, which translates to money in any language.  It's also great for team bonding.  They are together for a week, most facing a common language and cultural barrier.  The North American players also get to experience what life is and was like for European teammates, perhaps giving each other a better appreciation of differences.  Those things can only bring the team closer together.

- I had a chance to interview Ville Leino while walking down the street near our hotel.  He seems like a great guy with a good sense of humor.  We had to trim our time with him as he needed to get to a restaurant early to help prepare for the arrival of all his teammates for some Finnish fair.

- If you're wondering what the Finnish food is like, you'll have to see the piece we filmed at the Herring market in Finland.   I ate a few unusual things.  Those of you that follow me on twitter (@kevsylveter) already know of what I speak.  Sorry no pictures here.

- Interesting to see Jarko Ruutu at Hartwall Arena today.  He's playing for the Helsinki Jokerit.  Someone reminded him about biting Andrew Peters, and his response was that it was the most expensive meal he ever had.

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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