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LALIME EARNS START AGAINST CHICAGO

Friday, 12.11.2009 / 12:12 PM / News
By Erin Pollina  - Sabres.com
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LALIME EARNS START AGAINST CHICAGO
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Patrick Lalime will be the starting goaltender tonight as the Buffalo Sabres host the Chicago Blackhawks at HSBC Arena.

The game will be the netminder’s first start since a 5-3 loss on Nov. 21 at the hands of the Ottawa Senators.

Head Coach Lindy Ruff said earlier this month that with the busy schedule in December, Lalime would be getting some playing time. With four games in six nights this week, he said the decision ultimately came down to Ryan Miller needing a break.

“We took the number of games [into consideration], we took into consideration that Patrick knows some of these guys, [being his] former team,” Ruff said. “It’s a back-to-back, you can look at it a number of different ways. As a staff we decided to give Patty this one.”

While Lalime hasn’t played in the Sabres’ last eight contests, the goaltender has had some game-action, assigned to the AHL Portland Pirates on a conditioning stint last week.

In two games against the Providence Bruins, Lalime amassed 64 saves and a .914 save percentage, compiling an 0-1-1 record in the process.

“He had an extremely strong night Friday, facing 45 shots,” Pirates Head Coach Kevin Dineen said of the 3-2 shootout loss. “I was really impressed by his patience and he really stood out as a dominant player in the game.

“He started to cramp [in the second game on Saturday] with all the work he received… but with that being said I think he did a real good job in the two games he played for us.”

Lalime hasn’t had the best of luck in net this season for Buffalo with an 0-2 record and .838 save percentage. He hopes that his preparation and work in Portland can change his fortune.

“It goes both ways sometimes,” Lalime said. “I just have to focus on my job and the rest is out of my hands.

“We play to win hockey games and that’s what I want to do here.”

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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