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NOTES & QUOTES FROM THE MORNING SKATE

Tuesday, 03.15.2011 / 12:51 PM
By Rob Crean - Public Relations Director / BEYOND THE BOARDS
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BEYOND THE BOARDS
NOTES & QUOTES FROM THE MORNING SKATE

- Drew Stafford is expected to return to the lineup tonight after missing the last two games with a lower-body injury.

“I had a few good days of good rehab and treatment, and I feel good, ready to go,” Stafford said following the morning skate.

Drew Stafford
Stafford
The news of Stafford’s return was tempered by the announcement that Jochen Hecht, who left Sunday’s game with the same upper-body injury that caused him to miss four games last week, will not play tonight against Carolina.

“We’re disappointed we lose Jochen but at the same time, getting ‘Staff’ back is a big help for us,” said Lindy Ruff.

- Steve Montador was a healthy scratch in Sunday’s win over Ottawa, but Ruff did not reveal which of his seven defensemen would sit tonight, saying he defense pairs would be a game-time decision.

Over the last six outings, Montador, Chris Butler, Mike Weber and Shaone Morrisonn have each missed at least one game either due to injury or as a healthy scratch.

- The Sabres spent about 30 minutes on the ice this morning to prepare for tonight’s game against the Hurricanes, who currently occupy the ninth spot in the Eastern Conference and sit four points behind the Sabres and Rangers. 

“You look at where we are in the standings, and where they are, it’s a big task ahead of us tonight,” said Jordan Leopold.  “It’s what we consider a four-point game.  We had a good skate this morning and we’re getting ready to go out there for battle.  We had a long road trip, we had a good day off yesterday to refresh the batteries, and (we’ll) go out here and look to get two points.”

- Ryan Miller, who is expected to be back in goal tonight after getting Sunday’s game off, shared his thoughts this morning on the loss of Sabre great Rick Martin.

“It’s horrible that Rico is gone too soon,” Miller said. “I was just talking to him at the gathering we had when Mr. Pegula took over. I talked to him for a while and his energy and his excitement and his demeanor… it was just nice to talk to him.  I feel so bad for his family and it’s a sad moment for all of us because he was a quality person who really cared about the community.”

The Sabres announced yesterday that the team, along with Martin’s family, will hold a public memorial service at HSBC Arena on Thursday, Mar. 24 at 11 a.m.  More details will be announced later this week.

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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