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Wednesday, 04.04.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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End Of Recovery Period In Sight

April 4, 2007
By Glenn Odebralski

Both Tim Connolly and Maxim Afinogenov skated with the team at practice today in HSBC Arena.

And while Afinogenov could be the first of the two to return to the Sabres lineup - as early as tomorrow's game against Boston - Connolly could also suit up before the end of the regular season.

Audio: Lindy Ruff | Tim Connolly

"He's made his decision," said head coach Lindy Ruff about Connolly. "He thinks that he can play. I think the decision now is, do we have him at a good enough level?"

Even though the Buffalo Sabres wrapped up the top seed in the Eastern Conference with three games left in the season, the two won't return to the lineup unless they are absolutely ready to play.

"My ultimate focus, still, is to having the team ready to play in the playoffs," said Ruff. "If we feel that getting Tim in, and getting Max in, is going to be effective and help our team, then it would be to our advantage to get them in."

"If you're taking another good player out of the lineup to maybe put a role guy in or special teams guy, whether that is going to be effective enough for the team. So that all weighs into it."

Missing the whole season due to post-concussion symptoms, Connolly knows that he won't dress if he isn't up to par.

"I think that I won't be in there unless I can contribute to the team," said Connolly. "Whether it's a limited role. Whether it's penalty killing, power play, or just playing a regular shift or playing a fourth line role.

"Obviously I think I can help out in some of those areas. We'll have to see what happens."

One thing's for sure. There will be a lot of meetings over the next few days between the coaching staff as to the pair's return to the lineup.

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