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ROY RETURNS; MILLER STARTS

Friday, 01.13.2012 / 12:05 PM
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com / THE MORNING SKATE

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LINEUP NEWS
- Derek Roy will play tonight, centering a line with Stafford and Gerbe.
- Ryan Miller expected to start in goal.
- Andrej Sekera & Christian Ehrhoff took part in today’s skate in non-contact roles. Both are at least a week away.

WHAT THEY WERE SAYING TODAY:
Lindy Ruff
(click to hear full audio)
With Derek Roy’s injury, are you concerned about him taking faceoffs?
Well I guess the obvious answer is yes, probably. It’s already happened twice. Maybe in some situations we won’t have him in there taking them. A winger is gonna have to step in, whether it’s Stafford or Pominville. Someone is gonna have to step in every so often. Especially if we’re losing the bulk of them.

Can you build on the urgency the team showed in the third period on Tuesday?
When we looked at the game again, there was some real good play in the second period as well. Over the last 40 minutes, we maybe gave up four opportunities. It’s a tough game; you’ve gotta get inside and get the second opportunities. There’s not a lot of the easy opportunities out there, the coming up ice and trying to score on the rush. Teams are doing a good job of eliminating that. Toronto did a good job of staying in lanes and eliminating the opportunities.

How do you feel now that Terry Pegula has spoken up, and he understands the injuries have been such a major problem for the team this season?
I still think nobody is happy. None of us are happy, and you want to win through any circumstances. I feel that right now we are healthy enough to win. We’re not gonna blow anybody out, we’re gonna have to win some tight games.

Derek Roy (click to hear full audio)
Will you be playing tonight?
Yes I will. Gotta get ready for the game, get my legs going early and get a win tonight.

Is it a pain tolerance issue for you?
It’s more a strength thing, being able to go in the corners and try to battle and get pucks back. I worked on a lot of different strength routines everyday, and it’s gotten a lot stronger.

Nathan Gerbe (click to hear full audio)
Does it help to hear that the owner is still behind you?
Yeah, I think it does. We know we can be a good team. But we know we need to find an identity, and find it soon. Having your ownership and coaches back you does go a long way and give you a bit of confidence.

Is it more than just injuries the team has had to deal with?
I think it’s more than that. We’ve still got a lot of good players in the lineup. Injuries don’t help, but some other guys need to step up – myself included. I need to find a way to play better and score for this team.


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