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NOTEBOOK: VETERAN 'D' NEARING RETURN

Monday, 03.31.2008 / 3:05 PM / News
By Erin Pollina  - Sabres.com
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NOTEBOOK: VETERAN \'D\' NEARING RETURN
Jaroslav Spacek (photo: Getty Images)
The Buffalo Sabres may see the return of some veteran defensemen before the close of the regular season.

Head coach Lindy Ruff updated the injury status of Teppo Numminen (heart), Jaroslav Spacek (chest) and Dmitri Kalinin (shoulder) on Monday, saying he hasn’t ruled out the blueliners just yet.

“I think there is still a possibility,” Ruff said. “It’s just that they haven’t been able to practice with the team yet. Teppo has practiced with the team so it’s just evaluating where he is at and [Spacek and Kalinin] are basically day-to-day before they get back to practice.”

Although Numminen has participated in skates with the team, Ruff said he will not be ready in time for tomorrow night’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Numminen hasn’t played since last season after undergoing heart surgery in late September while Kalinin and Spacek have been out of the lineup since suffering injuries March 10, missing nine games each.


Speculation as to who will wear the “C” for the month of April will have to continue for another day.

Ruff would not comment on the Sabres captaincy except to praise Jason Pominville for the role he played in a crucial month of the season.

Pominville has been one of the league’s most productive players since the All-Star break, ranked fourth in the NHL in scoring following the event with 40 points (16+24), behind only Evgeni Malkin (21+28), Alexander Ovechkin (23+21) and teammate Derek Roy (13+28).

“I thought he handled it very well. It was a new position for him and even this morning I talked to him about some issues that he needed to take to the team. He gets a smile on his face and gives it the ‘well I don’t know I’ve got to check with a couple guys first,’” Ruff laughed. “I said step up, make a decision.”


Ruff was also asked about looking back at overtime losses earlier in the season and whether he had thought about lost points and opportunities throughout the year:

“But you can break down every win that you came from behind and won too and said you shouldn’t have gotten that,” he said. “But it is the time of year where you have to reflect on a few things.”

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  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