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Thursday, 02.17.2011 / 1:42 PM
By Rob Crean - Public Relations Director / BEYOND THE BOARDS
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HOME COOKING

The Sabres took the day off from practice on Thursday, which gives us a chance to put last night’s loss to Toronto in the rearview mirror and take a look ahead at the intriguing mix of opponents who will visit Buffalo over the next 10 days as the Sabres continue their playoff push while on a season-long six-game homestand. This is a critical stretch for the Sabres, who will follow this six-game homestand by playing seven straight on the road.
(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

St. Louis Blues – Friday, Feb. 18: The Blues don’t come to Buffalo often, but when they have, they’ve had success, going 6-2-2 in their last 10 trips to Western New York.  A playoff team two years ago, the Blues have taken a step back in terms of points, but they still boast some impressive young talent.  David Backes, who leads the team in scoring, and defensemen Erik Johnson, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 Entry Draft, were both members of Team USA’s silver-medal winning squad at the 2010 Olympics.  Backes and Johnson, along with goaltender Jaroslav Halak, make up a solid young core for the Blues.

Washington Capitals – Sunday, Feb. 20:  Although they’ve had their share of scoring slumps this season, the Capitals have some of the league’s most explosive forwards. Alex Ovechkin is averaging a point per game, which would signify an excellent year for most players; for Ovechkin, though, it means he is behind his career average of nearly 106 points per season.  Alexander Semin scored his fourth hat trick of the season Wednesday in Anaheim, making him and Drew Stafford the only players with four hat tricks this season.  Rounding out the Capitals’ trio of elite forwards is Nicklas Backstrom, who registered 101 points last season.

Atlanta Thrashers – Wednesday, Feb. 23: This matchup should have a playoff feel to it with the Sabres and Thrashers currently locked in a battle for the Eastern Conference's eighth seed.  As of today, both teams have 60 points, although Buffalo has played two fewer games.  The teams split the first two meetings of the season, which both took place in Atlanta back in October.  The Thrashers have struggled of late after going on a tear in November and December.

(AP Photo/John Amis)
Ottawa Senators – Friday, Feb. 25: The Sabres and Sens have had their share of memorable battles in recent years, but Ottawa will have a bit of a different look when they make their next appearance at HSBC Arena after recently trading long-time Senators Mike Fisher (to Nashville) and Chris Kelly (to Boston).  Despite their last-place standing, Ottawa always plays Buffalo tough.

Detroit Red Wings – Saturday, Feb. 26: The homestand ends with a big matchup against the Red Wings, who occupy their normal place near the top of the Western Conference standings.  Detroit’s usual cast of characters – Nicklas Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg – are once again leading the way.  This is the fourth straight year that the Wings will have appeared in Buffalo after not coming here at all the previous two seasons. The matchup also pits Ryan Miller against his younger brother, Drew, a forward for the Wings.


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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