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GAME 2 PREGAME UPDATE

Saturday, 04.16.2011 / 3:58 PM
By Rob Crean - Public Relations Director / BEYOND THE BOARDS
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BEYOND THE BOARDS
GAME 2 PREGAME UPDATE

Lindy Ruff met with the media upon the team’s arrival at Wells Fargo Center this afternoon and confirmed that defenseman Shaone Morrisonn will not be in the lineup tonight and is “day-to-day” with an undisclosed injury.  In a related move, the Sabres have recalled defenseman Dennis Persson from Portland of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis.

Another defenseman, Andrej Sekera, has missed the last three games with an upper body injury. Prior to Game 2, Ruff said that Sekera is “better,” but did not say whether he would play in today’s game.

Ruff also did not say whether Persson would play, but did say the Sweden native had been Portland’s best defenseman of late.

“He’s just a good two-way defenseman, so he’s obviously a player that’s had a good year down there,” said Ruff. 

Persson, who was drafted by Buffalo in the first round (24th overall) in 2006, registered 17 points (4-13-17) in 64 games for the Pirates this season, setting career-highs in goals, assists, points and games played.  In parts of three AHL seasons, the 6-foot-1, 192-pound blueliner has tallied 26 points (5-21-26) and 40 penalty minutes.

As for Game 2, Ruff expects to see lots of desperation from the Flyers as they look to avoid falling into a 2-0 hole in the series and knows the Sabres will have to counter that desperation.

“You know they’re going to step up their game; we know that we have to step up our game. It’s a tough situation.  It’s a situation that we’d really like to go after. We got one here already, but at the same time, we know that their desperation level will be at a premium… you can’t take a shift for granted,” Ruff said.

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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