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TRIO MISSES PRACTICE ON THURSDAY

Thursday, 12.27.2007 / 2:22 PM / News
By Brian Wheeler  - Sabres.com
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TRIO MISSES PRACTICE ON THURSDAY
A trio of Sabres - Drew Stafford, Paul Gaustad and Maxim Afinogenov - were absent from practice Thursday morning, the youngest of the three having the most serious injury of the group.

The Sabres will be without Stafford's services for an unknown duration of time.  Stafford sustained a concussion in Wednesday night's 5-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators, according to head coach Lindy Ruff.

"You're looking at him needing to be symptom free before moving forward," said Ruff.

Stafford took just two shifts - one at even strength and one on the Sabres final power play -  in the last 15 minutes of  Wednesday's contest after being involved with a four player collision near the Ottawa blueline five minutes into the final frame.

Carrying the puck into the offensive zone, Thomas Vanek was checked into Stafford's legs by Wade Redden at the very same instance that Chris Neil dealt a hit from the opposite side. 

Stafford skated to the bench but was replaced by Daniel Paille on his next shift.  

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The timetable for Stafford's return will depend on how quickly his concussion symptoms dissipate.

In 32 games this season, Stafford has scored eight goals and 15 points. 



The Sabres lineup could be without Gaustad for the first time this season in New Jersey.  One of only nine Sabres to see action in all 35 games, Gaustad suffered a strain in his arm against Ottawa and is listed as day-to-day.

"Paul may be available or he may not," said Ruff regarding Gaustad's status for Friday.

Gaustad has six goals and 18 points in 35 games for the Sabres this season.



Afinogenov was held out of practice for precautionary reasons after he "felt his groin," according to Ruff.

"We think he'll be OK to play," said Ruff.  "It was precautionary by getting him off [the ice]."

Afinogenov has seven goals and 18 points in 35 games but has shown improved offensive production of late with seven points - three goals and four assists - in as many games.

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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