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GAMEDAY IN NEW JERSEY

Wednesday, 12.28.2011 / 2:47 PM
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com (@kwsnow) / THE MORNING SKATE
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THE MORNING SKATE
GAMEDAY IN NEW JERSEY

MORNING SKATE LINES
Vanek-Hecht-Pominville
Stafford-Roy-Boyes
McCormick-Gaustad-Kaleta
Ellis-Adam-Kassian

LINEUP NEWS
- Ryan Miller will start in goal tonight.
- no changes to the lines from Monday’s win over Washington
- Nathan Gerbe and Tyler Ennis also took part in today’s morning skate
- Martin Brodeur will start in goal for New Jersey

WHAT THEY WERE SAYING THIS MORNING:

Lindy Ruff (click to hear full audio)
Is it nice to be able to talk hockey, and not injured or new players in the lineup?
Yeah, it’s one of the first times the lineup stays the same. And that’s good. We’d like to build off that last game and try and play as well.

Is it easier to build off a win when you aren’t forced to make changes?
When you can have some consistency with your lines it can only help your team. We saw some real good play last game, and some real good opportunities. Getting some veterans back in the lineup helped.

Were you happy that the number of mental mistakes was much lower on Monday?
We didn’t make a lot; it was one of our cleaner games. For the first 30 minutes we only gave up two or three opportunities, and one of those was earned. It was a better game in a sense of making mistakes.

What do you have to do to beat the Devils tonight?
Their penalty killing is the best in the league. If you can get by that, and create some energy or maybe get a goal, I think it starts there. For the most part they are a team that has real good size. They’ve got some very creative guys up front, and I think they’re a very hard working crew.



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