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BTB: PICKING UP THE PACE

Monday, 10.17.2011 / 4:27 PM
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com / BEYOND THE BOARDS
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BEYOND THE BOARDS
BTB: PICKING UP THE PACE
The Buffalo Sabres are just four games into the season, but Nathan Gerbe is already months ahead of where he was at this time last year. Gerbe has four points (1+3) in the four games, highlighted by a goal and assist in Buffalo’s 3-2 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Gerbe
It was the second multi-point outing of the season for Gerbe, who didn’t pick up his fourth point last year until December 9. He was actually held off the scoresheet through Buffalo’s first six games, and had just three points in his first 11 games. He didn’t even find the back of the net until December 21 versus Anaheim. Gerbe tried not to let the early season struggles get him down.

“Sometimes you get bounces here or there,” he said today after practice. “I thought last year I played pretty well but wasn’t at the level I wanted to be at. Sometimes the points don’t follow.”

What did follow was a red hot scoring run that saw him score 16 goals in his final 44 games of the season. The Sabres were 10-1-2 when Gerbe scored a goal, and a remarkable 19-2-4 when he collected at least one point in a game. That success has carried over to his hot start this season, and Gerbe says a lot of it has to do with his mental game.

“I think it’s maybe more of a comfort level. Last year I was trying to feel it all out to see what kind of player I could be, and was maybe putting too much stress on other areas. Now I’m just going out to play, try to embrace it and have fun.”


Jhonas Enroth’s 29-save performance in Saturday’s win at Pittsburgh has earned him another start this week. Lindy Ruff confirmed today that Enroth will be between the pipes at some point during Buffalo’s three-game road trip that starts Tuesday in Montreal.

“I think there was a little surprise I used him in the Pittsburgh game. But the plan is to get him in every three or four games. That way he’ll get 20 plus games this season.”


ADDITIONAL LINKSM
Lindy Ruff Interview
Christian Ehrhoff Interview
Nathan Gerbe Interview
Derek Roy Interview
Ruff said there’s a possibility that Marc-Andre Gragnani will be scratched for Tuesday’s game in his hometown. Even though Gragnani has played the point on Buffalo’s top power play unit in each game this season, Ruff said his defensive play could force the coach’s hand.

“I thought his last game in Pittsburgh was a little bit of a tough time. We know what he provides for us, he’s made some great plays on the power play. It’s the defending that Marc still has to work on.”

Ruff said he would consider moving Derek Roy, Brad Boyes or Jordan Leopold into a more prominent role on special teams if Gragnani doesn’t play.

SCHEDULE

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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