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CONNOLLY READY FOR GAME ONE

Wednesday, 04.14.2010 / 2:17 PM / News
By Erin Pollina  - Sabres.com
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CONNOLLY READY FOR GAME ONE
Photo: Bill Wippert
Buffalo Sabres’ Tim Connolly will officially return to the lineup Thursday, in time for Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

Head Coach Lindy Ruff confirmed (LISTEN NOW) that the center is ‘a go’ for the Sabres’ first match-up against the Boston Bruins, after missing the final nine contests of the regular season due a to a foot injury.

Connolly was the team’s second-leading scorer with 65 points and 48 assists through 73 games in the regular season. He rejoined the team Tuesday for his first practice since sustaining the injury.

Meanwhile, Drew Stafford and Jochen Hecht - who have each missed time with upper body injuries - continued to skate at HSBC Arena.

Hecht is still listed as questionable for the contest, while Stafford will likely be out for Game One. The winger was still not cleared for full contact following Wednesday's skate. Although he said he's recovered from the concussion-like symptoms that he was experiencing following a crushing hit in Ottawa, Stafford is prefering to err on the side of caution.

"I want to make sure I'm 100 percent before I come back," he said.

Stay tuned to sabres.com for more information following Thursday’s morning skate.

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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

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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