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Stafford Returns To Sabres Roster

Friday, 11.10.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Stafford Returns To Sabres Roster
With Maxim Afinogenov still out with an upper-body injury, the Buffalo Sabres needed one more forward to fill out the front 12 for the game tonight against the Florida Panthers at HSBC Arena (MSG, WGR-550 AM, 8 p.m.).

Buffalo recalled forward Drew Stafford from the Rochester Americans on Friday morning.

Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff will once again pair Stafford with Derek Roy and Thomas Vanek in Afinogenov's stead on Buffalo's third line. The rookie from Milwaukee, Wisconsin played alongside the pairing during his first career NHL start last Sunday in Buffalo's 4-3 overtime victory in New York.

That night, Stafford saw nearly 13 minutes of ice time and recorded the primary assist on Daniel Briere's game winner.

Ruff could have called up Stafford and Daniel Paille, as they both played against the Rangers, but only Stafford got the call.

"I thought both players played very well for us, but Drew currently has a little more finish," said Ruff of Stafford and Paille. "Looking at that line with Roy and Vanek, we're looking for a guy that can help set up plays and also help finish."

Stafford was itching for the chance to play again in Buffalo after his first taste of NHL action.

"I was ready to go if they were going to give me the call," said Stafford. "I really don't care how I get here but this is where I want to be. While I'm here, I'm just going to focus on playing well and having some fun."

Even though he did not practice with the Sabres during the week, both Ruff and Stafford are confident is his grasp of Buffalo's systems.

"He was on the short-get ready list for the Rangers game and did fine," Ruff added. "We went through a couple of Rangers video clips with him and talked to him on the plane so he should be good to go."

"Obviously you do want to practice with the players during the week to get used to them," said Stafford. "But those guys are so good that if you step in there and can move the puck and make plays, then it's not going to be a problem."

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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