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NOTEBOOK: BUILDING BLOCKS

Monday, 11.08.2010 / 3:50 PM / News
By Rob Crean  - Public Relations Director
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NOTEBOOK: BUILDING BLOCKS
11/8 - Ryan Miller Interview
The Sabres went through a 90-minute practice at HSBC Arena on Monday afternoon.  Goaltender Ryan Miller, who has missed the last four games with a lower body injury, took part in the entire practice.  Following the session, he talked about working his way back into game shape.

“I’m just trying to get back into shape and get back into feeling ready to go in a game,” he said.  “A little bit of the quick, change of direction stuff, I want to get better at that before I really say I’m 100%.  Today was a good step forward.” 

Head Coach Lindy Ruff noted that his goaltender is moving in the right direction after resting from practice in recent days.

“He made good progress,” Ruff said.  “He’ll get a real good practice in tomorrow, see where he’s at.  I don’t think it’s realistic that he’ll play the first game (Wednesday at New Jersey) but maybe a long shot for the second (Thursday at the Rangers).

While Miller manned one net for the entire practice, Patrick Lalime and Jhonas Enroth shared time in the opposite crease.

Two players who did not skate with the rest of the team on Monday were forward Drew Stafford and defenseman Craig Rivet.  Stafford suffered an upper body injury in Friday’s loss to Montreal and will be out for an unspecified amount of time.  Craig Rivet, meanwhile, was out with the flu. 



Ruff was pleased with Monday’s high energy practice, which came on the heels of a 3-2 shootout win at Toronto on Saturday to break a 0-4-1 skid.

11/8 - Lindy Ruff Interview

“Today’s atmosphere was excellent,” he said.  “I think winning the game (at Toronto) and winning in the fashion we won it has relieved some of the stress.  Some of the players were pretty tight. Hopefully we can loosen things up.”

The final drill of Monday’s practice was a skating drill in which two players each navigated his way through a series of cones before racing to a puck and trying to score.  The last foot race of the day featured Lalime and Enroth, with Lalime narrowly winning the battle and putting a nifty deke on an assistant coach to score.



It was a big relief, we were all excited. We showed some great battle and character coming back. I think it’s definitely something we can build off. - Tyler Ennis (on Saturday nights 3-2 SO win over Toronto)
Tyler Ennis scored the shootout-winning goal in Saturday’s win after Jochen Hecht netted his first goal of the season with just 14 seconds remaining in the third period to tie the game and force overtime.  The rookie forward talked about the come-from-behind win following Monday’s practice.

“It was a big relief, we were all excited,” he said.  “We showed some great battle and character coming back.  I think it’s definitely something we can build off.”

Ennis currently ranks tied for second place among all NHL rookies this season with eight points on two goals and six assists.



Derek Roy notched a goal and an assist on Saturday. With 15 points on seven goals and eight assists, Buffalo’s leading scorer is averaging a point per game through the team’s first 15 games and enters the week ranked tied for 12th in the NHL in scoring.

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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