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MYERS OUT INDEFINITELY WITH FOOT INJURY

Wednesday, 04.04.2012 / 1:59 PM
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com (@kwsnow) / BEYOND THE BOARDS
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MYERS OUT INDEFINITELY WITH FOOT INJURY

On the heels of last night’s stirring 6-5 overtime win against Toronto, the Buffalo Sabres received some bad news today regarding defenseman Tyler Myers. Following practice at First Niagara Center, head coach Lindy Ruff confirmed that Myers will not be available for the team’s final two regular season games this week in Philadelphia and Boston.

“He won’t be on the trip. Tyler’s out. It’ll be a period of time,” said Ruff. “What time frame that is? It’s more than just this week.”

Ruff wouldn’t divulge any specific details of the injury, only saying that Myers has a “bad foot.” Myers has missed the past two games after taking a shot to the foot late in Friday’s loss to Pittsburgh.

The absence of both Myers and Christian Ehrhoff has created a noticeable void on the Buffalo blueline. The Sabres have allowed 14 goals in their past three games (including an empty netter vs. Pittsburgh), after surrendering just three in their previous four – victories over Washington, Minnesota, New York Rangers and Montreal. In last night’s game, Toronto jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead on just 13 shots on goal.

Andrej Sekera

Not only have the Sabres missed the offensive skills of Myers and Ehrhoff, but other players have been forced into extra ice time in unfamiliar roles. Andrej Sekera misplayed a puck into a first period shorthanded goal for Toronto on Saturday, and was on the ice for all three of Toronto’s first period goals last night. After averaging around 18 minutes in his previous three games, Alexander Sulzer has averaged 23 minutes a night in the past two games. Jordan Leopold has led the Sabres in ice time over the last three games, eclipsing the 25 minute mark each night.

Ruff realizes the challenges that lie ahead for his blueliners, but also knows that tightening up defensively and limiting scoring chances will be the keys to sustaining their push for a playoff spot.

“We went through that game, we went through the first period, went through the chances, and emphasized the importance of staying inside some of the mistakes we made. Some of it was lack of communication. Some of it was the coverage. But we do have to tighten up, there’s no secret," Ruff explained. "That’s on myself and my staff to make sure that we tighten up those areas so it’s not a game where you give 16 or 17 (chances). We’ve got to get it back to the norm, which is somewhere around 10 or 11, in that area. And not give up the high quality.

"We worked hard on that this morning, went through that with the players. We understand that we know how to play, and we know how to play in our own end. It should be an easier fix. Some of it is adapting to the players we have in. Some of it is just system related."

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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