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SYLVESTER'S BLOG: PRESEASON GAME 1

Friday, 09.18.2009 / 11:12 AM / Blogs - Kevin Sylvester
By Kevin Sylvester  - Sabres "Hockey Hotline" Host
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SYLVESTER\'S BLOG: PRESEASON GAME 1
Tyler Ennis (Photo: Bill Wippert)
Thoughts and observations from Thursday’s first pre-season game:

--Tyler Ennis can play.  The kid was excellent with the puck and showed some tenacity.  Linemate Jason Pominville was impressed ( Audio | Video) especially since Ennis hadn’t played center until camp.

--Tyler Myers (Audio | Video) had some really good moments and a few hiccups, but all in all he’s going to be good.  His reach alone makes things difficult for opposing forwards, and I liked him on the point of the power play as he was able to keep the puck in the zone a few times.

--I expected a better game out of Mike Weber.  This opinion may be jaded by his late, ill-advised boarding penalty on Brendan Morrison, but so be it.  It was a dumb penalty at a crucial time of the game.  The kind of penalty that makes Lindy Ruff lose trust in a player.  He also got caught deep a few times in his own end.

--Nathan Gerbe assisted on Tim Kennedy’s goal, but I would to see #42 get more shots on goal.  He had just 1 in over 16:00 of ice time.

--Glad to see Jason Pominville scored in the third period after failing to capitalize in the second period on two great chances. After the game he talked of consistency this year and avoiding scoreless streaks.  Remember he had two extensive ones last season that reached well past a dozen games.

--The best player for Buffalo that you’ve never heard of was defenseman Michael Kostka.  The 23-year-old defenseman was solid in his own end and showed some offensive ability with two shots on goal.  He registered four goals and 26 assists last season in Portland.  It was also weird seeing a skater wearing #32 and not dropping the gloves.

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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