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GAUSTAD RETURNS TO THE ICE

Thursday, 12.10.2009 / 2:25 PM / News
By Erin Pollina  - Sabres.com
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GAUSTAD RETURNS TO THE ICE
Paul Gaustad (Bill Wippert)
12/3- Lindy Ruff Interview
The Buffalo Sabres are getting closer to having a pair of forwards back in the lineup in Paul Gaustad and Mike Grier.

Gaustad skated with the team for the first time since Nov. 27, after suffering a leg injury in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Head Coach Lindy Ruff said there is no timetable for the center’s return, but said he is progressing.

“Today was the first day with putting the brace on and going out for a little skate,” he said. “Nothing too strenuous.”

Gaustad said he was on the ice briefly yesterday, but did not skate with any gear on.

“I’m just taking it a day at a time I guess,” he said. “The doctors cleared me to skate a little bit and we’ll see how it goes.”

Meanwhile, Grier could be in the lineup as early as Saturday when the Sabres travel to New York to take on the Rangers.

Grier has missed the last two games due to a family sickness, flying home to be with his mother.

The Sabres participated in a short practice on Thursday, preparing to take on the Chicago Blackhawks tomorrow night at HSBC Arena.

The lines remained intact, with the exception of Tim Connolly.

Connolly did not finish practice after feeling some hip pain according to Ruff.

“We anticipate him playing,” Ruff said of the center. “He just got off, didn’t want to make it any worse.”

LINES:

Hecht – Kennedy – Pominville
Stafford – Roy – Gerbe
Vanek – [Connolly] – MacArthur
Mair – Ellis – Kaleta

SCHEDULE

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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