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TALKING ABOUT THE WAR OF WORDS

Wednesday, 02.01.2012 / 12:17 PM
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com (@kwsnow) / THE MORNING SKATE
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THE MORNING SKATE
TALKING ABOUT THE WAR OF WORDS

With the late arrival from Montreal, the Sabres held a team meeting this morning at First Niagara Center followed by an optional skate. Only a handful of players skated in preparation for tonight’s game against the Rangers (7:30 p.m.). Paul Gaustad and Lindy Ruff both spoke to the media today and commented on the incident during last night’s game involving Gaustad and Montreal forward Max Pacioretty. Excerpts from their comments along with the full audio links are below.

LINEUP NEWS
- Thomas Vanek is out; more will be known about his condition later today.
- Ruff said another forward is also sick, so a recall from Rochester will be coming.

WHAT THEY WERE SAYING
Paul Gaustad (click to hear full audio)
With all the talking that goes on the ice during games, how surprised were you the Canadiens talked about it in the media afterwards?
I figured you guys were gonna ask me about that today. I’m gonna address it for the last time today. It’s something where Pacioretty said something to me; I said something back along the same lines. And the guy (Mathieu Darche) that kinda brought it up in the media wasn’t even involved with it. For Darche to bring it up in the media, in my opinion, stuff that happens on the ice stays on the ice. I don’t want to blow it out of proportion. You have to have thick skin in the NHL. I’m fine with it, so just move on. It’s something where it – trash talking – happens in the NHL almost every game. So it’s no surprise. Again, I think that stuff should stay on the ice, and just move on to the next game.

Lindy Ruff (click to hear full audio)
What are your thoughts on the trash talk incident last night – did you know about it?
I knew about it. I think that I could give you one situation every night. For them to go public, I thought was ridiculous on their part. I think they were looking for something to talk about or feel good about after that game, and they’re barking up the wrong tree if you ask me.



RANGERS @ SABRES
  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Rangers this season.
  • Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo, 4-1, in Buffalo on Dec. 10.
  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Rangers; 5-4-1 at home.
  • This is the 160th game all-time between Buffalo and NY Rangers; Buffalo leads the series with a 76-53-30 record. Buffalo is 46-23-12 at home against the Rangers all-time.
  • The two teams will next meet on Feb. 25 in New York.


STORYLINES
  • The Sabres have points in their last seven home games (4-0-3). The team last had points in seven straight when they ended last season by going 6-0-1 in their last seven at First Niagara Center. The last time Buffalo had points in more than seven consecutive home games came in 2009-10, when they went 9-0-3 in 12 games from Dec. 9 to Jan. 29.
  • Buffalo is seeking its first three-game win streak since since winning four straight from Nov. 4 to Nov. 11.
  • Ryan Miller tied Dominik Hasek’s franchise win record in last night’s win at Montreal.
  • With Thomas Vanek expected to be sidelined tonight with an upper body injury sustained in last night’s win, Jason Pominville will be Buffalo’s only skater to have dressed for every game this season.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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