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DOWN THE DOZEN

Thursday, 04.07.2011 / 1:52 PM
By Kevin Sylvester - Sabres "Hockey Hotline" Host / SLY NOTES
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DOWN THE DOZEN

Tyler Ennis (Photo: Bill Wippert)
-Thanks Carolina for making us wait another day.  Actually, the Carolina win over Detroit amplifies how great of a run the Sabres have been on.  You can extrapolate the team’s record back to the ownership transaction, the All-Star Game, or the turn of the calendar and it’s impressive in each in case.  To me, the most impressive thing has been what the team has done in the final 12 games (two yet to be played) of the season.  Lindy Ruff said it would take a 7-5 record down the dozen to make the playoffs.  The key figure being seven wins equaling 14 points.  The Sabres have already met that figure, and have done even better at 7-1-2.  Now, it may not be enough, but it’s the most impressive finish to a regular season that I’ve witnessed. 

-I think some credit is due to the media-maligned scouting department here at the Sabres.  The younger and computer savvy scouts down the hall seem to know what they’re doing, especially when it comes to drafting.  Want proof?  Check out the current roster and the Portland Pirates that have contributed along the way.  Many of the same scouts were here for the 2005 Draft that produced Nathan Gerbe and current defensemen Andrej Sekera, Chris Butler and Marc-Andre Gragnani.  The 2006 Draft brought Mike Weber and Jhonas EnrothPaul Byron was drafted late in the 2007 Draft, and had memorable contributions this season.  The 2008 Draft has had a profound impact on this season with Tyler Myers and Tyler Ennis playing big roles, and Luke Adam racking up some frequent flyer miles.  Great stuff there, and I’m looking forward to seeing the fruition of the 2009 Draft, with selections Zack Kassian, Brayden McNabb and Marcus Foligno.


-I think I am speaking for all players, fans, employees and their families when I say “CHANGE THE SCHEDULE NEXT YEAR!”  I know there are many things to factor in when making the NHL schedule, and the 2011 World Junior Championship played a big role for the Sabres, but this second half was just brutal.  The highest number of back-to-back games in the league and a two-week eastern road trip should not return next year.  When you think of it, with the schedule and injuries, there were plenty of excuses for the team to fold the tent.  That makes what they have accomplished even more impressive. 

-I’m not sure how fans feel about the set change on the 200 level, but it’s growing on me. 

-I’ll have what Jhonas Enroth is having. 

SCHEDULE

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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