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SABRES LOOK TO EXTEND POINT STREAK

Saturday, 02.04.2012 / 1:14 PM
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com (@kwsnow) / THE MORNING SKATE
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THE MORNING SKATE
SABRES LOOK TO EXTEND POINT STREAK

MORNING SKATE LINES
Leino-Roy-Pominville
Gerbe-Ennis-Stafford
Gaustad-Boyes-Kaleta
Ellis-Adam-McCormick

LINEUP NEWS
- Ryan Miller is expected to get the start in goal tonight
- Stafford & Ennis are both back in the lineup after missing time with the flu
- Thomas Vanek remains out tonight with an upper body injury.
- No decision on what forward will be scratched. All will take the pre-game warmup.
- Gragnani will be the odd man out on defense.

STORYLINES
* The Sabres enter tonight’s game on a three-game point streak (2-0-1), their longest since winning four straight from Nov. 4 to Nov. 11.
* Buffalo has won its last two on the road and will look to win three straight road games for the first time since they won three in a row from Oct. 15 to Oct. 20.
* Ryan Miller tied Dominik Hasek’s franchise win record in Tuesday night’s win at Montreal. With one more win, Miller will become the winningest goaltender in franchise history, supplanting Hasek, who has held the record since Nov. 3 1998.
* Miller was credited with a shutout in Wednesday’s 1-0 shootout loss to the Rangers. His shutout streak currently stands at 120:51. The longest such streak of Miller’s career was is 161:35, from Nov. 27 to Dec.7, 2010.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
The Sabres are 9-5-3 (.618) with Tyler Ennis in the lineup… Buffalo is 18-2-2 when allowing two or fewer goals and 16-4-2 when scoring three or more… Fifteen of the Sabres’ last 18 games have been decided by two goals or less… After tonight, the Sabres will play their next four games at home.

WHAT THEY WERE SAYING
Lindy Ruff (click to hear full audio)
Will you come out hard tonight knowing the Islanders played and traveled last night?
It’s important that we get the puck down below the goalline and spend the majority of the first 10 minutes there, where sometimes a team can get stuck in back-to-back games.

Can you wear them down physically too?
I think we have to hammer on that point with their top line (Tavares/Okposo/Moulson). That line has really played well for them. They’re a tough line to control. I think Tavares has now become one of the premier younger players in the league. His stats are starting to go up, and his skating has been excellent. They’ve got some good chemistry. It’s a line we know that we have to be hard on, and we can’t give them any free opportunities.

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