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NOTEBOOK: FOCUS TURNS TO SAN JOSE

Wednesday, 12.08.2010 / 2:41 PM / News
By Rob Crean  - Public Relations Director
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NOTEBOOK: FOCUS TURNS TO SAN JOSE
After a hard-fought, 3-2 overtime loss in Boston on Tuesday, the Sabres were on the ice at HSBC Arena on Wednesday morning for practice. 

Following the session, Head Coach Lindy Ruff was asked about the giveaway by Mike Weber that led to the game-tying goal by Boston’s Nathan Horton in the third period.

“Every defenseman is going to do that sooner or later.  He picked a tough time, but at the same time I thought his desperation making a block late in the game helped preserve.  He’s played hard, he’s played good.  He’s going to make some mistakes, we’re just trying to get his confidence up to the level where he can be a positive influence for us,” Ruff said of the young defenseman.

Weber acknowledged the mistake but is eager to learn from it and turn the page.

“It’s a tough pill to swallow. I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night but it’s nice to get right back at it. That’s the good thing about hockey, you’re always right back at it the next day.  My focus today was on just having a good practice, and now the focus turns to San Jose tomorrow,” Weber said.



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Although Drew Stafford skated on his new line with Luke Adam and Jason Pominville at practice Wednesday, Ruff said the forward was not ready to return to the lineup tomorrow.  Mark Mancari replaced him in the lineup last night, but Ruff said Mancari has been returned to Portland and the possibility of another roster move would be discussed Wednesday afternoon.

“We were hoping that maybe Staff would be good enough but based on the conversation I had with him he’s not ready yet,” said Ruff.

Stafford missed 11 games with an upper body injury, returned on Dec. 3 and collected a goal and an assist in the 5-0 win over Columbus.  However, he was held out of the next two games due to an upper body injury. 

Shaone Morrisonn did not play last night and played only 6:30 at Ottawa on Saturday.  Ruff said Morrisonn was still feeling the effects of a hit to the head by Columbus’ Jared Boll on Friday.

“He’s just not feeling right. It’s the after effects of the head shot he took from Boll, so we’ve had to shut him down for a little bit,” Ruff said.



Luke Adam (Photo: Getty Images)
Adam scored his first career NHL goal last night in Boston when he pounced on a loose puck in the slot and shot it through traffic to beat Bruins netminder Tim Thomas.

“I was pretty excited, I mean, you only get to score your first NHL goal once,” Adam said.  “It was maybe a little bit of relief, too.  I think I was pushing pretty hard to get it there and to be able to capitalize was nice.”

Pominville recorded an assist on the play, and Adam thinks the two are starting to create chemistry as linemates.

“Each and every day that we’re together, you kind of know where he’s going to be a little bit more, so I’m definitely getting a little bit more comfortable but it’s not very tough to play with a guy like that,” he said of Pominville.
 

San Jose will make a rare visit to HSBC Arena tomorrow night.  The Sabres have historically had great success against the Sharks on home ice, having won nine of the last 10 meetings between the teams in Buffalo.  Mike Grier, who played three seasons in San Jose between his stints in Buffalo, expects an exciting game with his former team.

“They had a long playoff run (last year) and a trip to Europe (to start this year) so I think they’ve had a sluggish start and now the points are important to them as they are to us, so it should be an exciting game,” Grier said.  

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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