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MYERS TO START IN SEASON OPENER

Friday, 10.02.2009 / 1:16 PM / All News
By Erin Pollina  - Sabres.com
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MYERS TO START IN SEASON OPENER
Tyler Myers (Photo: Getty Images)
Tyler Myers will make his NHL debut on Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens – making the 6-foot-8, 19-year-old defenseman one of the youngest, and tallest players in Buffalo Sabres history.

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In part, Myers will be in the lineup due to an injury to Toni Lydman (hand), who practiced with the team Friday but is still unable to play. But with seven other healthy defensemen on the roster, Head Coach Lindy Ruff said it ultimately came down to Myers’ improved play that pushed him to the starting lineup.

“He’s played well. He maybe started a little slow but his last few games he’s played very good hockey for us,” Ruff said. “He’s earned the right to play and has played as good, or better, than some of our other players.”

At 19 years and 245 days old, Myers is tied with Lee Fogolin (Oct. 10/74) as the 16th youngest player to suit up in a season opener for Buffalo. There have been 23 teenagers in total to accomplish the feat, with five players doing it twice.

The youngest player to have ever participated in an opener for Buffalo was Pierre Turgeon (18, 41) on Oct. 8. The last teenager to play in a Sabres season opener was Philippe Boucher (19, 198) on Oct. 8/92 vs. Quebec [stats courtesy of Kevin Snow / Sabres PR].

Myers will face a Montreal team that has gone under a dramatic transformation since last season. General Manager Bob Gainey saw 11 veterans leave the organization this summer, while bringing in four new forwards and three blueliners.

Notable veterans include forwards Brian Gionta, Mike Cammalleri, Scott Gomez and Travis Moen. The Habs also picked up defensemen Hal Gill, Paul Mar and former Sabres defenseman Jaroslav Spacek.

“Jaro did a real good job for us,” Ruff said. “When we lost some players his ice time would go up in the mid-20s. He’s a real good competitor, he’s a good power play guy… He’ll easily be able to fill in there, and fill in nicely.

“He was a strong voice in our room. He’s an energetic guy that plays the game hard.”

The Sabres drop the puck at 7:15 p.m. at HSBC Arena. There are still 500 tickets available for the game.

Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 7 p.m. to witness the 2009-10 Buffalo Sabres take the ice for the first time, introduced by Sabres play-by-play legend Rick Jeanneret.

Additionally, the Labatt Blue Zone and satellite Sabres Store will be unveiled to the public for the first time when the doors open at 5 p.m. The Labatt Blue Zone, located on the west side of the 100 level concourse, will provide a new gathering place for fans featuring two bars with flat screen TV’s and 12 tables with bar stool chairs. The satellite Sabres Store is located on the east side of the 100 level concourse (formerly Sabretooth’s House, which now located on the 100 level near aisle 17).

The pre-game festivities get underway promptly at 5 p.m. outside HSBC Arena, in the plaza with live music from the Strictly Hip. Food and drink will be available for purchase; there is a three beer limit per person.

The party will take place rain or shine with free admission, as a game ticket will not be required for entrance to the party.

“It’s a great night to be back in front of your fans,” Ruff said. “In our case we go up against a team that already has a game under their belt and they’re probably going to be better than they were in the previous game. For us it’s just wipe the slate clean and get after it.”

NOTES:
Drew Stafford (concussion)continued to practice with the team Friday. Ruff said he would make a decision on the winger Saturday... Lines at practice Friday were as follows: Vanek-Roy-Connolly, MacArthur-Kennedy-Pominville, Hecht-Gaustad-Grier, Kaleta-Ellis-Stafford, Paetsch-Mair-Paille -- Rivet-Butler, Montador-Sekera, Myers-Tallinder -- Miller, Lalime

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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