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3/30 MORNING SKATE UPDATE

Tuesday, 03.29.2011 / 2:34 PM
By Scott Miner - Manager of Digital Media / THE NEW ERA
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3\/30 MORNING SKATE UPDATE
It's game day in the Great White North and the Sabres and Maple Leafs are closing out the 2010-11 season series between one another.  The Sabres are 3-2-0 this year against Toronto after dropping the most recent game by a score of 4-3 in Toronto. This game has all sorts of playoff implications as both teams need the win.

The Sabres are sitting in eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 85 points. A win tonight would put them at 87 points and potentially in a three-way tie with Montreal and the New York Rangers for the six, seven and eight spots. Montreal is playing host to the Atlanta Thrashers, so Buffalo will still have a game in-hand on the Habs at the conclusion of tonight's games.  The Rangers, who will be in Buffalo to face the Sabres tomorrow night in another huge showdown, are off tonight and will have the same number of games played as the Sabres after tonight.

"Anytime you can eliminate a team its nice... you have less teams chasing you, less teams on your heals." - Forward Brad Boyes on taking on the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Leafs are on the outside looking in and need a win tonight to stay within striking distance of a playoff spot.  Sitting in the 10th spot with 78 points, Toronto could move within five points of a playoff spot with a win, or fall to 11th place with a loss and an Atlanta win.

Sabres forward Mike Grier skated with the team this morning, but his status for the night remains in question. Head coach Lindy Ruff commented that Grier will be a game-time decision.

In other injury news, Sabres defenseman Jordan Leopold did not make the trip due to a hand injury. Leopold was scheduled to meet with a specialist on Monday, however, missed that appointment as he came down with the flu. Defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani, 24, was recalled from Portland (AHL) and participated in practice yesterday and today's morning skate. The 2005 third round selection was leading all AHL defenseman in assists (48) and points (60) at the time of his recall.

Fun Fact: Since 2005-06, the Sabres are 29-11-1 against the Maple Leafs.

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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