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Wednesday, 12.13.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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A Break In The Monotony

December 13, 2006
By Brian Wheeler

Henrik Tallinder is sick of skating laps. Despite the best efforts of the coaching staff to curb the boredom, the defenseman is anxious for game action. And according to team doctors and head coach Lindy Ruff, he is almost ready for just that.

Following a batch of x-rays on his injured forearm, Tallinder has been cleared to begin training with stick in hand. Prior to Buffalo's practice in HSBC Arena on Wednesday, he was able to sling a puck around the ice for the first time in more than a month.

"He's actually not allowed to do too much shooting," said Ruff. "But he can do passing drills and stuff like that."

Ruff gave a rough estimate of 10 to 14 days before Tallinder would be able to return to the lineup, depending on how quickly his strength returns.

"There is no pain in the arm or restricted motion," said Tallinder of his arm.

Although unable to handle the puck since being injured on October 26, Tallinder's conditioning has remained at game-ready status and will not be a factor in his return.

"His skating is tremendous," said Ruff. "You could skate him against anybody right now and he would cleanup."

Ruff and his staff have tried everything to keep the monotony in Tallinder's workouts to a minimum.

"We've tried to simulate shifts where he'll go out, skate for 45 seconds and get to different pucks in different areas before returning to the bench waiting that minute and 45 seconds that you normally rest," Ruff said. "We've tried to be creative but he's anxious to pack all that stuff up and just play again."

"It's been heaven to be skating out there without a stick for months," joked Tallinder. "It's been kind of frustrating, but at the same time, it's good to try and be in shape."

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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