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THE NEED FOR SPEED

Wednesday, 10.12.2011 / 2:45 PM
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com (@kwsnow) / BEYOND THE BOARDS
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BEYOND THE BOARDS
THE NEED FOR SPEED
It’s been nearly 10 months since Derek Roy suffered a torn quad tendon against Florida on December 23. The initial prognosis called for a 4-to-6 month recovery time, but Roy was able to make it back to play a limited role in Game 7 of Buffalo’s Eastern Conference Quarter-Final loss to Philadelphia.

Roy
It’s now two games into the regular season, and Roy returned from Europe with just one assist and was a minus-one in Buffalo’s wins over Anaheim and Los Angeles. Roy started training camp alongside Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville, but now finds himself centering a line of Drew Stafford and Nathan Gerbe. Head Coach Lindy Ruff hasn’t exactly been overwhelmed with their chemistry so far.

“Overall, they’ve been okay,” said Ruff. “I don’t think Derek is quite up to speed yet. It’s gonna take a few games of really hard compete to get to that really high level.”

Ruff realizes that Roy still needs some time to get back to game speed, but couldn’t put a timetable on when he expects the “old” Roy to return.

“I don’t know for sure; I would hope a few games. I think he’s playing okay for Derek, but okay for Derek is not at the level he needs to be. When he’s really on his game he’s creating opportunities and setting up the people around him.”

Even with the early success of the Vanek-Adam-Pominville line, Ruff said he’s not against shuffling bodies around to jumpstart other players.

“We can always flip some pieces around,” he explains. “It seems sometimes that when you do that you end up with better results. We end up with Luke up between Thomas and Jason, and that’s just from trying to get pieces to fit and work together."


There was no change in Jochen Hecht’s status. Ruff said that Hecht will continue to practice, and will be evaluated again on the weekend.


The Sabres are scheduled to wear their third jersey in eight games this season, including twice on the road. The eight-game schedule is as follows:
- October 27 vs. Columbus
- November 5 @ Ottawa
- November 16 vs. New Jersey
- December 3 @ Nashville
- December 9 vs. Florida
- January 3 vs. Edmonton
- February 10 vs. Dallas
- March 14 vs. Colorado

Buffalo will also wear white at home against Toronto on January 13 because the Maple Leafs will be wearing their new third jersey that night.

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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