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NOTEBOOK: LESS ROOM, MORE WORK

Tuesday, 10.06.2009 / 3:52 PM / All News
By Erin Pollina  - Sabres.com
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NOTEBOOK: LESS ROOM, MORE WORK
Lindy Ruff (Photo: Getty Images)
Special teams were again the focus of practice for the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday afternoon.

After completing a strenuous two-session skate on Monday, the team continued their work at the Amherst Pepsi Center.

“Yesterday’s practice was about trying to get those better scoring chances,” winger Jason Pominville said. “I think when we look at the Montreal game, we generated a lot of shots, but not enough scoring chances… Even five-on-five it’s been our talk.”

With five days in between games - the longest lapse the Sabres have all season due to the Olympic Break - Head Coach Lindy Ruff said this week has essentially been modeled after training camp.

“Basically that’s what we tried to do,” he said. “Tomorrow will be that 45-minute, high tempo [practice], getting ready for the game on Thursday [against Phoenix].”

The first power play unit featured Craig Rivet and Tim Connolly with Clarke MacArthur, Thomas Vanek and Derek Roy.

Chris Butler and Tyler Myers were stationed on the point of the second unit with Drew Stafford, Paul Gaustad and Pominville.
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Lindy Ruff
Jason Pominville
Adam Mair
Tim Kennedy

Ruff said practicing in the Pepsi Center may do some good for the units with a smaller ice surface and less room in the zone.

“Practicing the power play in this rink is a little bit more frustrating. I didn’t tell them that, but I noticed it. I could see some frustration,” he said. “I think practicing here in the zone with four-feet less, and less room behind the net, is an opportunity to do things quicker.

“You feel that when you don’t have the extra ice or the extra time.”

The Sabres host the Coyotes at 7 p.m. on Thursday at HSBC Arena. Tickets are still available.



Adam Mair [hip] spoke to the media, saying that he is progressing and hopes to return to the lineup soon.

Ruff said Toni Lydman [hand] will ‘probably be ready’ in time for Thursday’s game against Phoenix, although the defenseman said he was still feeling some restrictions while shooting



University of Minnesota alumnus Thomas Vanek showed support for the Minnesota Twins, leaving the Pepsi Center wearing a Justin Morneau jersey. The Twins face the Detroit Tigers tonight in a one-game tiebreaker to see who will face the New York Yankees in the ALDS.



The American Hockey League suspended Portland Pirates defenseman Joe DiPenta for one game due to a slashing incident in Springfield on Oct. 3 on Falcons’ Kip Brennan.

DiPenta will miss Portland's game on Friday, Oct. 9 in Albany.

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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