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BTB: ROY, CONNOLLY SWAP ROLES

Monday, 11.09.2009 / 5:16 PM / Blogs - Beyond the Boards
By Erin Pollina  - Sabres.com
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BTB: ROY, CONNOLLY SWAP ROLES
Tim Connolly (Photo: Getty Images)
Head Coach Lindy Ruff opted for a late practice today, beginning at 2 p.m. at HSBC Arena, stressing more rest his team.

“I’ve had different ideas. When you go through something like this [two game losing streak], to break up the routine… you could do an afternoon practice, you could simulate [a game] by having an evening practice,” he said.

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“I’ve thought about some different things. Even today, with the ice being the way it was, we went with a team bike ride instead of doing a skate at the end of practice.”

It wasn’t the only change Ruff made – he also decided to move Derek Roy and Tim Connolly.

Roy practiced alongside Clarke MacArthur and Jason Pominville, while Connolly centered Thomas Vanek and Drew Stafford

“I swapped them in the game in Boston and actually got a goal out of the Roy line,” Ruff said. “Looking at the last couple games, there hasn’t been enough quality opportunities… Sometimes just flipping one guy ignites a line a little bit.

“I’m actually encouraged that it’s taken this long to actually flip some guys around. You look at it, we’ve been off to a good start, but we don’t like the fact that we’ve lost the last couple games and we’ve got to get back on track.”

Patrick Lalime and Toni Lydman, who are both suffering from groin strains, were absent.

“Patrick is doing better,” Ruff said. “Toni was in yesterday and skated on his own. He skated on his own again today a little bit. He’s not quite there. We don’t want any setbacks but we’re hoping in the near future that we’ll get him back.”

Ruff said there was no timetable for Lalime but anticipated him back on the ice this week.

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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