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NOTEBOOK: SPACEK HEALING, PAILLE HURTING

Wednesday, 04.02.2008 / 3:15 PM / News
By Brian Wheeler  - Sabres.com
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NOTEBOOK: SPACEK HEALING, PAILLE HURTING
Jaroslav Spacek (photo: Getty Images)
Shooting the puck has been a problem for Jaroslav Spacek. 

Not in a game mind you, Spacek has missed his last 10 starts, but when it matters even more, during workout sessions where his performance determines when he can return to game action.

The 34-year-old blueliner is trying to battle his way back into the Sabres lineup in time to make a difference in the playoff race.  Spacek suffered a chest injury on March 10 against the New York Rangers and has been sidelined since.

"The last two days, I've been feeling much better than I felt before," said Spacek.  "I had to take shots to see how it would feel to play.  I took a lot of shots today and I'll see how it feels tomorrow."

Spacek said he was experiencing some soreness following practice but that the discomfort wasn't something that he couldn't work his way through. 

One timers, in particular, are causing him the most trouble.

 
"The situation is what it is," said Spacek.

No date has been announced as being the defenseman's target date of return.



Adam Mair and Daniel Paille were both excused from practice on Wednesday.  Mair for personal reasons, and Paille for an upper-body injury.

"We don't know if it's muscular," said head coach Lindy Ruff of Paille's injury.  "He's getting it looked at and we'll see where he's at.

"He was in discomfort last night and that's why we changed the lines around a little bit."

Paille played just over nine minutes on Tuesday night, taking just one shift in the third period.  As a comparison, he was averaging more than 13 minutes in his previous 74 starts.



Lindy Ruff spoke on the helplessness of watching Buffalo's playoff fate possibly being decided by someone other than the Sabres Wednesday night.

"I don't think I'm nervous.  That's going to be what it's going to be.  I'm cheering pretty hard ... but nervous isn't the right word for it.

"It's a bad feeling [not being in control].  We've put ourselves in a bad spot."

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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
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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