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A Lonely Bench

Monday, 10.30.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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A Lonely Bench
The Buffalo Sabres coaching staff and front office are in the process of grading the team's current situation. With Henrik Tallinder out due to injury and Nathan Paetsch serving as his replacement on the blueline, Buffalo has exactly 18 skaters available each night.

Add to the fact that several Sabres are nursing minor injuries, and Buffalo may be forced to make a roster move before Thursday's game at Boston.

"We'll get to Wednesday and take a look where we are," said head coach Lindy Ruff. "We really haven't made a decision either way."

Three players were nursing various bumps and bruises on Monday, forcing them to miss practice: Thomas Vanek (sore wrist); Jaroslav Spacek (Charley Horse); and Derek Roy (groin/hip flexor).

"We've got an opportunity where we can give them an extra day [of rest], so we decided to go light today," said Ruff of the trio's absence.

If the team looks down the I-90 for reinforcements, several players could be potential candidates for promotions. Clarke MacArthur leads the Amerks in scoring with eight points (3+5) in nine games, Drew Stafford - drafted in the first-round (13th overall) in 2004 - is tied for the team lead with four goals, and Daniel Paille is tied for the team lead in assists with five.

On the blueline, Mike Card has posted 18 penalty minutes in nine games to accompany a plus-one rating, while Michael Funk has spent 12 minutes in the penalty box and boasts a plus-4 rating. Neither player has scored thus far.

Click here for the Amerks full statistics.

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