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NOTEBOOK: SABRES SCRIMMAGE ON TUESDAY

Tuesday, 11.30.2010 / 3:35 PM / News
By Rob Crean  - Public Relations Director
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NOTEBOOK: SABRES SCRIMMAGE ON TUESDAY
11/30 - Lindy Ruff Interview
The Sabres are in the midst of a five-day layoff between games, so they used Tuesday as an opportunity to scrimmage among themselves.  After practicing for approximately 30 minutes, the team cleared the ice so it could be re-surfaced.  When they returned, the players were divided into two teams and spent the next half-hour scrimmaging.

Following the session, Head Coach Lindy Ruff cited a few reasons as to why he wanted the team to scrimmage today.  

“I wanted to use this scrimmage, the 30 minutes, for our video session tomorrow, trying to find just a couple more plays here or there where we can loosen up on the offensive side,” Ruff said.  “We put some lines together that we’re hoping may look good offensively. We may try a different combination tomorrow.”

Some of the line combinations that Ruff experimented with today had a familiar look, while others did not.  The white team’s lines were Derek Roy with Thomas Vanek and Nathan Gerbe, while Luke Adam centered Jason Pominville and Drew Stafford.  The blue squad featured Paul Gaustad skating between Mike Grier and Cody McCormick, while Jochen Hecht was teamed with Tyler Ennis and Patrick Kaleta.

The scrimmage ended in a 1-1 tie before the white squad won in a shootout.  Ryan Miller stopped Jochen Hecht’s breakaway attempt to close it out.

“I think in a 30-minute scrimmage, we would’ve liked to have seen another goal out of there, but at the same time we’ve got to just make small steps in the right direction,” said Ruff.



I wanted to use this scrimmage, the 30 minutes, for our video session tomorrow, trying to find just a couple more plays here or there where we can loosen up on the offensive side. We put some lines together that we’re hoping may look good offensively. We may try a different combination tomorrow. - Head Coach Lindy Ruff
Kaleta returned to the ice after missing Monday’s practice and only logging 3:27 of ice time in Saturday’s loss to Montreal due to an injury.  Stafford also took place in the entire practice and scrimmage, and Ruff expects both players to be in the lineup on Friday when the Sabres host the Columbus Blue Jackets at HSBC Arena.

“I think both of them will be ready to play.  I thought Drew looked really good out there and Pat seemed to labor a little bit but I don’t think it will be any issue. He was a full go,” Ruff said.

Stafford has missed the last 11 games with an injury, and Ruff is excited to see him return.

“He was maybe our best player coming out of training camp,” he said.  “He had four goals in 14 games which is a pretty good pace for Drew. That should help us.  We saw him create his own opportunities, even in the scrimmage today.  He should be good for two or three class A scoring opportunities and hopefully be able to put those away.”

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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