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THE BOYES ARE BACK IN TOWN

Monday, 12.26.2011 / 12:32 PM
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com / THE MORNING SKATE
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THE MORNING SKATE
THE BOYES ARE BACK IN TOWN
MORNING SKATE LINES
Vanek-Hecht-Pominville
Stafford-Roy-Boyes
McCormick-Gaustad-Kaleta
Ellis-Adam-Kassian

LINEUP NEWS
- Ryan Miller will start in goal tonight.
- Jochen Hecht and Brad Boyes will return from injury tonight
- Derek Whitmore has been returned to Rochester.

WHAT THEY WERE SAYING THIS MORNING:
Lindy Ruff (click to hear full audio)
How does it feel to have some healthy regulars return to the lineup?
Obviously up front we’ve been a bit thin, so getting (Boyes and Hecht) back should help us.

How did Thomas Vanek do at the morning skate?
Thomas made it through fine. I would anticipate that he’ll play.

How much of a boost is it to the team to start getting guys back in the lineup?
Definitely it’s gonna help, there’s no doubt. Jochen back in the middle should help us against other team’s top lines. Brad was going pretty good when he got hurt. I thought he was good on the power play. It should give us a couple of stronger lines.

Jochen Hecht (click to hear full audio)
Are you excited about returning to the lineup?
It was frustrating getting injured again. But on the other side, I was out there doing my job. If I’ve gotta block a shot, I block a shot. That happens. It’s not what I was looking for. But here we go again.

Do you feel like the team is starting to turn a corner on the injuries?
I hope so. It was pretty rough at one point in the year. But with Boysie coming back and Enzo skating again, hopefully we can turn this thing around and stay healthy for a while.


SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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