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HODGSON DEBUTS WITH STAFFORD AND ENNIS

Wednesday, 02.29.2012 / 5:21 PM
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com (@kwsnow) / THE MORNING SKATE
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THE MORNING SKATE
HODGSON DEBUTS WITH STAFFORD AND ENNIS

TONIGHT’S LINES
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LINEUP NEWS
- Cody Hodgson will make his Sabres debut centering Drew Stafford and Tyler Ennis.
- Ville Leino moves back to center between Nathan Gerbe and Patrick Kaleta.
- Ryan Miller is expected to get the start in goal.

WHAT THEY WERE SAYING
Lindy Ruff (click to hear full audio)
How much thought went into your lines, specifically moving Ennis back to the wing?
There’s nothing etched in stone with those lines. We didn’t get a chance to practice them so we really don’t know what they’re going to look like. We can easily take a look at different lines, even during the game. It’s something when you bring players in, it’s always a little bit disruptive because some guys are getting moved out of their spots. With Gaus going out, somebody has to go in that spot. A lot of times it takes a bit of time.

Cody Hodgson (click to hear full audio)
What are your thoughts on being a Buffalo Sabre?
I’m excited. It’s a good group of guys – they’re younger, a lot of offensively-skilled players, steady d-corps, and great goaltending. Hopefully I’ll be able to fit in.

What was your initial reaction to the trade, and where are you at with it now?
I didn’t know what to think. I’m excited, I’m looking forward to it. Like I said, it’s a good group of guys and hopefully I can fit in and do well. I’m interested in helping the team get into the playoff picture.

TODAY’S GAME
SABRES at DUCKS
-This is the second of two meetings between the Sabres and Ducks this season.
-Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Anaheim, 4-1, in Helsinki, Finland to open the regular season on Oct. 7.
-The Sabres are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Ducks; 6-4-0 on the road.
-This is the 26th game all-time between Buffalo and Anaheim; Buffalo leads the series with a 14-8-3 record.

STORYLINES
-Buffalo has gotten points in five or more consecutive games for the second time this season (3-0-2) entering tonight’s game. A win or overtime loss would extend the streak to six, tying the season-high set between Jan. 24 and Feb. 10 (5-0-1).
-The Sabres, who have lost their last three road meetings with the Ducks, are looking for their first win in Anaheim since a 5-2 victory on Oct. 34, 2003. Prior to those losses, Buffalo had won five straight in Anaheim.
-Ryan Miller is 3-0-1 in his last four games with a .942 save percentage and a 1.69 goals against average.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
The Sabres are 3-1-0 against Pacific division teams this season… Christian Ehrhoff leads all Sabres with 19 points (5+14) against Anaheim; it is his highest total against any team… Buffalo is 23-3-2 when allowing two or fewer goals and 20-4-3 when scoring three or more… The Sabres are 15-8-5 with Tyler Ennis in the lineup this season and 6-1-3 when he records a point (33-9-7 in his career)… Buffalo is 2-3-0 all time on Feb. 29.

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