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BTB: MYERS RESTS, BUTLER SKATES

Tuesday, 12.22.2009 / 1:31 PM / Blogs - Beyond the Boards
By Erin Pollina  - Sabres.com
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BTB: MYERS RESTS, BUTLER SKATES
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The Buffalo Sabres were missing a pair of players Tuesday afternoon as the team completed a 30-minute skate at HSBC Arena.

Defenseman Tyler Myers, as well as forward Pat Kaleta were absent from the workout.

According to Head Coach Lindy Ruff, Myers was given the day off to get some rest, due to a sore groin and the amount of ice time - nearly 23 minutes per game - he has been garnishing.

“He was one of the guys who got sick in Ottawa and was down some weight so we left him off there,” Ruff said. “When you get run down and you’re down some weight, there’s a good chance you can pull some muscles.”

Kaleta is day-to-day with a neck injury while Vanek, who did practice, has an abdomen injury; suffering from some bruising that has affected his ability to skate.

The good news for the Sabres is that defenseman Chris Butler is getting closer to returning to the lineup.

The blueliner, who has been out since Dec. 3, after suffering an ankle sprain against the Montreal Canadiens, participated in the full practice.

“Butler is doing a lot better. Vanek is better today, still not up to speed. Encouraging, in Butler’s case. In Thomas’ its better but I still don’t think he’s there.”

Ruff said he doesn’t expect either player to return to the lineup until after the Christmas break. After claiming an overtime victory Monday night in Toronto, the team leaves for Washington today to take on the Capitals on Thursday night at the Verizon Center. Faceoff is at 7 p.m.

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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