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BACK ON THE ROAD

Wednesday, 10.19.2011 / 2:29 PM
By Scott Miner - Manager of Digital Media / BEYOND THE BOARDS
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BACK ON THE ROAD
Buffalo left Montreal with a 3-1 win over the Canadiens however that game could be described as a steal. The team managed only three shots in the first period and seemed to be constantly under fire from a pressing Habs team. If not for the stout play between the pipes of Ryan Miller, the outcome could have been a different story.

I thought we skated well at practice this morning and for whatever reason we didn’t skate well last night so hopefully we can push through it and get back to game speed we were at the previous games. - Head Coach Lindy Ruff
Goaltending has been the major reason why the Sabres are sitting at 4-1-0 through five games. In their four wins, Buffalo netminders have surrendered an average of 1.5 goals per game. Last night the Sabres allowed 41 shots to get through to Miller who turned all but one away, making a number of key saves late in the game that gave the Sabres an opportunity to win the game.

Prior to boarding a plane for Florida, the Sabres took to the ice at Montreal’s practice facility. Head coach Lindy Ruff drove his team hard in the morning session after last night’s flat performance in the first period.

“I thought we skated well at practice this morning and for whatever reason we didn’t skate well last night so hopefully we can push through it and get back to game speed we were at the previous games”



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Lindy Ruff Interview
The one change that did stand out at practice today was the lines as Ruff paired the lines back up from last nights’ game. Luke Adam continued to center the line between Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek, while Derek Roy centered Drew Stafford and Tyler Ennis. The line of Paul Gaustad, Patrick Kaleta and Nathan Gerbe returned and Cody McCormick was flanked with Ville Leino and Brad Boyes.

Since signing a six year deal with the Sabres, winger-turned-center Leino has struggled to mesh with the system, however Ruff knows this won’t be for vary long.

“I think there is a little frustration but it takes time to fit in. It takes time to find the right guys to play with. We’re trying to hang in their and develop a little bit of chemistry, but it may take 20-30 games, it may take longer. But it does not surprise at all that a new guy coming in struggles a little bit with the guys he’s playing with



The Sabres play in Florida tomorrow night before heading to Tampa to cap off this four game road trip.

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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