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HECHT, MONTADOR BACK IN TONIGHT VS. DEVILS

Saturday, 03.26.2011 / 1:03 PM
By Rob Crean - Public Relations Director / BEYOND THE BOARDS
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HECHT, MONTADOR BACK IN TONIGHT VS. DEVILS

The Sabres will get right back to work tonight as they close out another set of back-to-back home games by hosting New Jersey and will be looking to win their third straight outing.  They will have two players returning to the lineup from injuries as Jochen Hecht (upper body) and Steve Montador (lower body) will both play tonight, according to Lindy Ruff.

Hecht
“We’ve got one injured player that Steve will be in for,” Ruff said, but declined to say which defenseman would be coming out of the lineup.  He also did not say which forward Hecht would be in for.

3/26 - Lindy Ruff Pregame 

Hecht has been out for nine of the last 11 games.  Prior to that stretch, Hecht had not missed a game this season.  He has also recorded a point in five of the last seven games in which he has appeared.  Montador, meanwhile, has missed the last three games.

Ruff also confirmed that Ryan Miller will start in goal against the Devils tonight.  Over the last five games, Miller has gone 3-1-1 with a 1.81 goals against average, a .938 save percentage and one shutout. He made 22 saves on 24 shots in last night’s 4-2 win over Florida.

The Devils are coming off a 1-0 shootout loss to Pittsburgh last night, which marks the second straight game in which the Sabres will face a team that was shutout in its previous game.  In fact, New Jersey has scored just four goals in its last four games.

Buffalo brings a 10-3-3 record over the last 16 games into tonight and has the chance to win three straight for just the second time this season.


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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