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Connolly Skates Prior To Practice

Monday, 01.29.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Connolly Skates Prior To Practice
The Sabres went through a thorough workout at the Pepsi Center in Amherst on Monday, but the most exciting activity happened before the team even took to the ice.

Injured center Tim Connolly skated in a rigorous, individual workout for the first time this season.

Lasting for approximately 20 to 30 minutes, Connolly's workout shows progress in recovering from an injury that has sidelined the playmaker for 51 games this season and foreshadows his potential return to the lineup.

"He's progressing and we hope he continues to progress," said head coach Lindy Ruff. "It is encouraging. He's had some workouts where he's been at max heart rate and there haven't been any setbacks."

Ruff estimated Connolly's potential recovery period to be between six to eight weeks, barring any speed bumps in the road, but no exact date when that timeline would begin or end has been determined.

With an eight-month layoff, the Syracuse, NY-native will need extensive, physical conditioning to return to game-ready status. Ruff said Connolly's skating sessions will become an every-day event from now on.

"From a conditioning standpoint, you can guesstimate where you'd be if things keep progressing, and I can throw that out there," said Ruff regarding the six-to-eight week timetable. "It could be sooner. It could be later.

"[The timetable] is based on him looking like he could be symptom free and that is based on him skating today."

Connolly had a career year for Buffalo last season, tallying 55 points (16-39) in the regular season.

He was having an even better postseason with 11 points (4+7) in eight playoff games before an open-ice check by Ottawa Senator's left-winger Peter Schaefer in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals ended his season.

Post-concussion symptoms from the Schaefer collision have kept Connolly sidelined for the duration of the Sabres 2006-07 regular season to this point.

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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