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SABRES HOLD OPTIONAL SKATE

AFINOGENOV TO RETURN TO THE LINEUP

Monday, 03.09.2009 / 1:41 PM / News
By Erin Pollina  - Sabres.com
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SABRES HOLD OPTIONAL SKATE
Derek Roy (Photo: Bill Wippert)
Head Coach Lindy Ruff held an optional skate Monday morning at HSBC Arena. After practicing Sunday afternoon, following a 6-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators,  Ruff wanted to allow for some rest before heading to Philadelphia to take on the Flyers.

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“We’ve got three or four guys fighting this virus that’s been going around. We decided to flip the practice… go a little bit easier today,” Ruff said.

Among those battling the flu is Derek Roy. The centerman, who is averaging 21:36 minutes of ice time each game this year, was limited to a season-low 16:30 minutes of ice time against the Senators.

“I don’t think it was an excuse for some of the plays but he has been suffering,” Ruff said. “He missed some time in the Phoenix game and he missed some time in the Ottawa game. It’s tough right now but we’ve got to battle through it and throw these excuses aside.”
 
Ruff said he expects to have Maxim Afinogenov back in the lineup. The winger was hurt Friday night after taking a hard hit into the boards from Coyotes’ Ken Klee.

Afinogenov finished the game against Phoenix, but was absent from the lineup Saturday night in Ottawa.

“He skated yesterday, treatment went well today,” Ruff said. “He’s loosened up. He basically just had whiplash from how hard he hit.”

Dominic Moore also took advantage of the skate to continue getting to know his new team.

We’ve watched some video, watched some things on the ice as far as the system. It’s good for me to continue to familiarize myself with that,” Moore said. “There are a lot of things that are similar… but there are subtle things - defensive zone coverage, neutral zone forechecking- that are slightly varied.”

In all, only seven players chose not to skate Monday morning.

“I think at this time of the year it’s important that everybody gets their rest in,” Jason Pominville said. “We just came off three games in four nights and we have a busy schedule this upcoming week. It’s going to be tough so it’s good to have that option.”

The Sabres take on the Flyers on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Wachovia Center.

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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