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Tuesday, 12.08.2009 / 4:22 PM / Blogs - Beyond the Boards
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BTB: SEKERA QUESTIONABLE
Andrej Sekera (Getty Images)
The Buffalo Sabres may find themselves short-handed for Wednesday night’s match-up against the Washington Capitals

Defenseman Andrej Sekera is listed as questionable for the contest with a bruised ankle he suffered during Monday’s 3-0 loss to New Jersey. The blueliner briefly skated, but was unable to stay for the duration of practice on Tuesday.

Nathan Paetsch, the team’s extra defenseman, is already playing up at forward due to the absences of Paul Gaustad [leg] and Mike Grier [family sickness]. Head Coach Lindy Ruff said the team hasn’t recalled anyone from the AHL Portland Pirates yet; “But it’s something we’re going to have to look at.”

The team completed an extended video session on Tuesday afternoon, followed by an hour-plus practice at HSBC Arena. Typically holding light practices on off-days that are sandwiched in between games, Ruff wanted to shake things up after the loss.

“It was a real clunker,” Ruff said. “We’re reviewing some of the areas I thought we fell down in… where our effort wasn’t good enough, and went out and practiced what I though would help us in a game.”

Ruff also changed a few line combinations, promoting Adam Mair to play alongside Tim Connolly and Thomas Vanek.

“I think he has fear that he doesn’t want to be out of the lineup again,” Ruff said of Mair, who was placed on waivers Nov. 9, but remained with the Sabres after clearing. “I think that really showed up in the effort category.”

Pat Kaleta dropped to the fourth line alongside Matt Ellis and Nathan Paetsch while the remaining two lines stay intact [Hecht-Roy-Pominville, Stafford-Kennedy-MacArthur].

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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