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RUFF REACTS; MILLER GETS THE START

Wednesday, 12.07.2011 / 12:13 PM
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com (@kwsnow) / THE MORNING SKATE
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THE MORNING SKATE
RUFF REACTS; MILLER GETS THE START

Lindy Ruff has had 24 hours to digest the two-game suspension handed down to Nashville’s Jordin Tootoo yesterday, and he spoke in measured words today when asked for his thoughts on it.

“In my eyes, it was good to see the suspension,” said Ruff. “I don’t know if that’s a great deterrent, but it’s definitely a sign that they don’t want players running goaltenders.”

LISTEN TO RUFF'S COMPLETE PRE-GAME PRESS CONFERENCE

Tootoo received a charging major and game misconduct for crashing into Ryan Miller in the crease during the second period of Saturday’s game in Nashville.



Miller gets the start in net tonight for Buffalo, and it’s a chance for him to get redemption for his poor start in Philadelphia’s first game here on November 2. Miller allowed three goals in the first 6:23 before being replaced by Jhonas Enroth.

Miller
Miller didn’t start again for another six days, and has only played three times since the Philadelphia game due to the injury he suffered in Boston on November 12. He played well in Nashville on Saturday, and would like to carry that effort over to tonight’s game as well.

“Hockey’s a funny game. I thought (Philadelphia) had a pretty aggressive start and they got some good goals,” Miller explained. “I would’ve liked to get a piece of a few of them, make a save. But I didn’t happen that night, and I fully expect to be able to put myself in the position to make the saves this time.”



Philadelphia enters First Niagara Center for the second and final time this season with the NHL’s best road record of 9-3-1. Tonight’s game concludes a three-game road trip for the Flyers that started last Friday with a 4-3 win in Anaheim, followed by a 4-2 victory the next night in Phoenix. The Flyers start the night three points behind Atlantic Division-leading Pittsburgh, but hold three games in hand. The Flyers and Penguins will meet for the first time this season tomorrow night in Philadelphia.

Tonight is just Philadelphia’s 26th game of the season, but they are second in the league in goals scored (88), and lead the league with a goals per game average of 3.52. Only the Rangers and San Jose (both at 24) have played fewer games than Philadelphia so far.

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