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GERBE IN, TORRES OUT FOR GAME 5

Friday, 04.23.2010 / 12:03 PM / News
By Erin Pollina  - Sabres.com
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GERBE IN, TORRES OUT FOR GAME 5
Nathan Gerbe (Getty Images)
While Lindy Ruff might be playing coy, it seems that Nathan Gerbe will make his playoff debut tonight in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

The winger practiced alongside Adam Mair and Cody McCormick during the team’s morning skate. Perhaps more importantly, he also spent time with Buffalo’s second power play unit in the on-ice session.

Ruff was slow to admit that Gerbe will indeed be in the lineup to help the Sabres take on the Bruins. However, with Raffi Torres practicing alongside the injured Thomas Vanek [lower body] and Matt Ellis [soreness], it’s likely that he is the odd-man out in favor of Gerbe - who he hopes can spark a struggling power play.

“There are guys I’m unhappier with but they have to come through for me,” Ruff said regarding Torres. “You hoped he would have put away a couple of the opportunities he’s had, but not unhappy [with his play], No.”

Gerbe has played 20 career NHL games for the Sabres, scoring two goals and six points in that span. He has yet, however, to play in the post-season.

“Everyone in the locker room has played critical games in their careers at some level,” Gerbe argued. “I’ve played in the National Championship, World Juniors; those are critical games at that stage… you just have to be ready for it.

“I’m pretty fortunate to get a chance here and I’m looking to make the best of it.”

The remaining lines at practice were as follows:

Tyler EnnisDerek RoyJason Pominville
Paul Gaustad – Tim Connolly – Mike Grier
Drew Stafford – Tim Kennedy – Patrick Kaleta

While Vanek participated in the skate, it is doubtful the he will return tonight. The winger hasn't played since suffering an injury in Game 2, following a hit from John Boychuck that caused him to slam into the end boards.

“If he felt that he could play and be effective, he’d be in the lineup,” Ruff said. “We have one game to stay alive and with a conversation with him, I didn’t think he was at that point.

“It’s getting closer, but yesterday was a pretty sore day for him.”

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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