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Sunday, 01.24.2010 / 7:50 PM / Blogs - Beyond the Boards
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BTB: MILLER GIVEN MAINTENANCE DAY
Ryan Miller (Getty Images)
While hockey fans hoped to get an early glance at some future Olympians at the Vancouver practice facility on Sunday afternoon, three soon-to-be participants took a day off for some much needed rest.

Ryan Miller [USA, Henrik Tallinder [SWE] and Jochen Hecht [GER] did not skate as the Sabres prepared for Monday night’s contest against the Canucks. Head Coach Lindy Ruff said it was simply a well-deserved maintenance day.

“We gave seven or eight guys the option of not going out and three of them took it,” he said. “They’ve been playing the bulk of the minutes so we gave them the opportunity to get a little more rest.”

Although Ruff typically has shied away from Olympic talk, preferring to keep the focus on his job in Buffalo first, even he acknowledged that being in the host city for the 2010 Olympic Games is building some excitement.

It goes without saying that the pressure has been mounting with it.

“Somebody said to me this morning, ‘only 34 million people are counting on you,” Ruff laughed. “I said ‘ do we have to start that already?’

“It’s a great opportunity for the players and a special opportunity for myself to be involved. I’m looking forward to it. It will be here before you know it. And I think it will be gone before you know it too. That’s the incredible part of it.”

The lines were the same on Sunday, with the exception of Matt Ellis skating alongside Tim Connolly and Jason Pominville in Hecht’s absence. Playing the final contest of the seven-game, 14-day road trip, Ruff hopes to end it on a high note.

“We knew it was going to be a tough trip, and it will still be a good trip if we win tomorrow. We’ve played a lot of good teams, teams that are on a roll,” Ruff said. “The work and the battle we put in the last game was probably our best on the trip; from a shot standpoint, from a chance standpoint, garnering play. We just didn’t win a game. I think execution in some of the situations is what we want to get better at.”

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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