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BYB: CONNOLLY ROLE CALL

Saturday, 09.29.2007 / 7:32 PM / Blogs - Beyond the Boards
By Brian Wheeler  - Sabres.com
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BYB: CONNOLLY ROLE CALL
9.29.07, 7:32 p.m. ::::

Sabres fans have been waiting for Tim Connolly.  That's never been more apparent than prior to Buffalo's final preseason match-up against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

As is normal NHL protocol, the scratches and roster additions were announced over the in-house PA system following the pre-game skate.

Dave Miller spoke nine magic words that made the crowd in HSBC Arena erupt, "Please add to your roster number 19, Tim Connolly."

It's a clear sign that Buffalo fans are steadfastly hoping and praying that the Syracuse, N.Y. native will - at the very least - help fill the offensive void that was left with the departures of Chris Drury and Daniel Briere.

And if the "A" stitched on Connolly's sweater during Saturday's game is any indication, the Sabres are looking for him to become another leader in a locker room filled with youth.

Speaking of leadership, there hasn't been any sort of announcement yet on whether or not the captaincy will rotate this season like it did in 2003-2004. 

Five players have worn the "C" during preseason:  Jochen Hecht; Brian Campbell; Toni Lydman; Derek Roy; and Henrik Tallinder.  Hecht is the only player that has sported the letter more than once, taking the role in the first and third exhibition contests.

For those of you that have forgotten, your captains during the 03-04 season were:

Miroslav Satan (October 2003)
Chris Drury (November 2003)
James Patrick (December 2003)
JP Dumont (January 2004)
Daniel Briere (February 2004)
Chris Drury (March 2004)

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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