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SURPRISE, SURPRISE, SURPRISE

Tuesday, 10.18.2011 / 1:26 PM
By Scott Miner - Manager of Digital Media / THE MORNING SKATE
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THE MORNING SKATE
SURPRISE, SURPRISE, SURPRISE
Luke Adam
Not even ten games into the 2011 season, a number of surprises have popped up in the NHL. Not too many people would have thought that Toronto would be 3-0-1 and leading the Northeast Division or that Colorado would start the year off with five road wins. And not too many people would have thought that a rookie center for the Sabres would be second on the team in points with six and tied for the lead in goals with three.

Forward Luke Adam started training camp fighting for a spot on the roster and managed to make the team when veteran center Jochen Hecht went down with an injury. He moved up the depth chart and has been centering a line of Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek since the season kicked off. Picking up his third goal of the year in Pittsburgh this past Saturday, Adam has found chemistry with his line-mates and hopes to keep generating offense tonight when the Sabres take on the Canadiens in Montreal.

The team skated this morning at the Bell Centre in preparation for the game and with Montreal still struggling to find their identity Buffalo can jump out and take a quick lead in the Northeast Division. Goaltender Ryan Miller knows exactly what it takes to beat the Canadiens. The goalkeeper is 19-8-5 in 32 games against the Canadiens and looks for his 20th win tonight.

“They’re a division rival, and I want to beat everyone I can” Goaltender Ryan Miller on playing the Canadiens.



MORNING SKATE PODCASTSM
Lindy Ruff Interview
Ryan Miller Interview
Luke Adam Interview
Gragnani Interview
Defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani is set to play tonight. The blueliner has struggled since returning from the NHL Premiere Series and most notably in Pittsburgh this Saturday night. Gragnani knows he needs to play his game and be better if he wants to remain in the lineup for Buffalo. “If you look at the guys we have on this team, it’s a hell of a D-corp. So if I’m not performing like I should be, it’s only right that I shouldn’t be in the line-up.” Gragnani will have the opportunity to bounce back tonight when he takes the ice in front of his hometown fans.



All is calm on the injury front for the Sabres. Jochen Hecht continues to progress and is listed as day-to-day. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. and can be seen on MSG. Don’t forget to tune into MSG a half hour before game time to check out the Tops Game Night pregame show.

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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