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PREPPING FOR THE ISLAND

Friday, 02.03.2012 / 5:40 PM
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com (@kwsnow) / BEYOND THE BOARDS
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PREPPING FOR THE ISLAND

As off-day practices go, it was a relatively uneventful few hours at the First Niagara Center today as the team prepared for Saturday’s game in Long Island.

The biggest news was that both of the team’s latest flu bug casualties were back in uniform and going full speed. Tyler Ennis returned after missing yesterday with the flu. He was joined on a line by Drew Stafford, who was hit hard enough by the bug that it kept him out of Wednesday’s shootout loss to the New York Rangers. This was Stafford’s second straight practice, and Ruff said both players should be good to go tomorrow night.

Zack Kassian, recalled Wednesday when Stafford went down, is still with the big club and will travel with the team today.

“I think right now the plan would be to take him with,” said Ruff. “You never know what’s gonna pop up with us.”

TJ Brennan watched practice from the sidelines again today, as he recovers from a concussion that came as a result of a hit delivered by Winnipeg’s Nik Antropov on January 19. Antropov received a minor penalty for boarding on the play, and was subsequently fined $2,500 by the league.

“He’s still not good,” said Ruff. “He’s getting some treatment. He’s had some further x-rays and stuff, but he’s still not good.”



Today’s lines at practice: 23-9-29; 21-63-42; 22-28-36; 54/8-72-37



The Sabres will be facing a tired club on Saturday, as the Islanders are in Ottawa tonight for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff with the Sens. Since they’ll have to clear Canadian Customs before flying home, the Islanders likely won’t be in their own beds until sometime after 2 a.m.



Following Saturday’s game, Buffalo doesn’t play again until they host Boston on Wednesday at FNC. It’s the first of a pair of three-day breaks they’ll get this month, the other coming on February 26-28.

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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