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Sabres Sharpening Power Play

Tuesday, 10.10.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Sabres Sharpening Power Play
The Buffalo Sabres have plenty of preparation time for this weekend. Without a game until the team travels to Detroit on Friday night (MSG, 7:30 p.m.), Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff will be utilizing these next four days as a tuning fork.

The first item on Ruff's agenda will be to get the power play hitting all the right notes.

"I'm bothered by the fact that we haven't converted," said Ruff. "The opportunities are there and those are things you don't want to see go by the wayside.

"Our zone time and possession time have been good, but our conversion part of it hasn't been very good."

Buffalo in fact has started off the season in a bit of a slump with the man advantage, scoring just one goal in the last 25 opportunities.

But according to Sabres co-captain Daniel Briere, the unit has made some improvements over the past three games and may start seeing some light at the end of the tunnel this weekend.

"The first game in Carolina, we were absolutely terrible," said Briere, whose team didn't score a power-play goal in its first 17 opportunities of the season. "Against Montreal, we had some better chances. In Ottawa, we did a much better job and could have had a couple more goals.

"It's improving but it's not where we want it to be and where it can be."

Where the unit can be is parallel to or better than last year's squad, which ranked third in the league in conversion percentage at 21.2 per cent and fourth with 101 goals scored.

"That's the one area that we really want to improve," said Briere. "Hopefully, [these four days of preparation] will turn into more goals in the future."

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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