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Florida Game Goes Up In Smoke

December 13, 2006
By Brian Wheeler

Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff couldn't find the delete key on his laptop computer fast enough. Usually a stickler for details, the longest-tenured coach in the league chose to ignore the game film of his team's most disappointing loss of the season, a 3-1 thumping against the Florida Panthers on December 7, instead of reliving it.

"The good thing about the digital age is that I could drop that game in the trash can," said Ruff following practice on Wednesday. "It went up in a little poof of smoke.

"I didn't review it. I didn't watch it. I didn't want to. Everybody saw what they saw and that's the end of the story."

Ruff's team will have a chance for redemption as they square off with the Panthers Thursday night (MSG, WGR 550-AM, 7 p.m.). The game will be Buffalo's return home after a season-long, five-game road trip.

"We definitely remember what happened there in Florida," said co-captain Daniel Briere, who led the Sabres in their 3-2 victory in New Jersey on Tuesday with three assists. "It was our worst game and we really want to get back at them."

But don't let Ruff fool you. He's paying attention to Panthers game film, just not when it involves his team. Ruff reviewed Florida's contest against the Western Conference's powerhouse team, the Anaheim Ducks.

"I saw a team [Florida] that played very well again," said Ruff concerning Anaheim's narrow 5-4 victory at the BankAtlantic Center on Tuesday night. That night, Florida fought back from a two-goal deficit to tie the game in the third period before Chris Pronger scored the game winner with nine minutes remaining in regulation. "If you read the comments, Anaheim said they hung on for dear lives and that they probably should have been beat.

"There is a big message there. We're really going to have to be on our game."

Florida travels to HSBC Arena having lost each of their last three games by one goal to potential playoff teams, Anaheim, the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders.

"[Florida] is a hard working team that has played better as of late," said Ruff. "We would really like to make amends for the game we played down there."

Teppo Numminen and Chris Drury could give Buffalo an added lift on Thursday night. Numminen could possibly dress against the Panthers after a broken toe sidelined him for the last two games. The veteran defenseman participated in a full practice on Wednesday morning.

"It's a pain threshold issue and it looks like he got through today," said Ruff. "There's a chance he could play tomorrow."

Drury sat out Tuesday's game after coming down with the flu. Ruff said the Sabres other co-captain is feeling much better and that he anticipates that Drury will be ready for game action on Thursday.

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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