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MORNING SKATE UPDATE - 3/25 VS. FLORIDA

Friday, 03.25.2011 / 12:15 PM
By Rob Crean - Public Relations Director / BEYOND THE BOARDS
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BEYOND THE BOARDS
MORNING SKATE UPDATE - 3\/25 VS. FLORIDA

The Sabres skated at HSBC Arena this morning to kick off another weekend of back-to-back home games.  Jochen Hecht and Steve Montador are both close to returning from injuries, but as of this morning there was no definitive answer as to whether either of them would return tonight.
Steve Montador (Photo: Bill Wippert)

This morning, Ruff said Montador would be a game-time decision tonight. 

"I don't know yet, we're going to see at game time," Ruff said when asked whether Montador would play tonight.  "He's doing pretty good.  He's not 100 percent, but he's doing well."

As for Hecht, Ruff did not address his status on Friday, but said yesterday that he “would anticipate that if (Hecht) isn’t available for Friday, that he could be available for Saturday.”

Tonight’s opponent, the Florida Panthers, have been shutout in each of their last two games, a fact that means little to the Sabres tonight.

“To be honest, I had no idea they had been shutout, but we expect every team to be hungry at this time of year,” said Jason Pominville.  “On our side, we’re trying to compete to keep climbing.”

“Them being shutout the last two (games) kind of means nothing right now, because we know they’re going to be a different team than they probably were the last two games,” added Nathan Gerbe.

Gerbe, who scored both goals in Buffalo’s 2-0 win at Montreal on Tuesday, will bring a three-game goal-scoring streak into tonight’s game.  Gerbe has credited some of the team’s veteran players for helping him improve over the course of the season, including Mike Grier.

“He’s a great kid. He loves hockey, he works hard every day in practice, and he wants to be better and wants to be a good player in this league,” Grier said of Gerbe.  “He’s a little bit of a sponge.  He’s listening to everyone and what everyone’s got to say.  I just try to keep his confidence up and let him know that it’s ok for him to make mistakes and not to get too down on himself when he does.  At the same time, I try to help him out defensively, and what he should be doing.  I think he’s coming around nice. I think it’s showed the last couple games when Lindy’s had him out there in the last two minutes of games and he’s got the job done.”

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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