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4/9 MORNING SKATE UPDATE

Saturday, 04.09.2011 / 1:07 PM
By Scott Miner - Manager of Digital Media / THE NEW ERA
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4\/9 MORNING SKATE UPDATE
Patrick Kaleta & Jhonas Enroth discuss the game at center ice at the Nationwide Arena. (Photo: Sabres.com)

After last night's emotional overtime win, the Buffalo Sabres have clinched a spot in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Technically speaking, they clinched the spot once the game was tied at the end of regulation, but the extra point was the icing on the cake. Following the game, the team headed out to Columbus where it’ll wrap up the regular season tonight when they take on the Blue Jackets.

Buffalo had a team meeting and video session this morning prior to a handful of players taking the ice. Last night's heroes, Nathan Gerbe and Thomas Vanek, were on the ice for the optional skate along with forward Patrick Kaleta, whose status for the game tonight was not confirmed.

“Pat has had two regular practice and strength wise, he’s getting close. And he wants to play, but I don’t think he’s physically where he was before the injury happened.”
Head Coach Lindy Ruff discussing Patrick Kaleta

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Defenseman Andrej Sekera and forward Mike Grier have not been cleared to play and will miss tonight’s season finale.

A familiar face will be on the opposing bench tonight as blueliner Craig Rivet suits up for what could possibly be his last NHL game. Rivet was claimed off waivers by Columbus on February 26 and has played in 13 games for the Blue Jackets, tallying one goal and a plus/minus of -7. Rivet came to Buffalo in the summer of 2008 when he signed as a free agent. He played 165 games for the Sabres totaling 42 points (4+38) and 237 penalty minutes.

Don’t forget to tune into MSG tonight at 6:30 for the pregame show and follow all the action with the live updates on Twitter.com/SabresDotCom

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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