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MORNING SKATE UPDATE

Sabres Seek Third Straight Win Tonight; Kaleta Will Play

Friday, 01.21.2011 / 11:56 AM / News
By Rob Crean  - Public Relations Director
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MORNING SKATE UPDATE
The Sabres stayed off the ice this morning, but did hold a team meeting at HSBC Arena just a little more than 12 hours after their 4-2 win over Boston last night in preparation for tonight’s game against the New York Islanders as they look for their third straight victory. 

Last night’s win was clinched in the third period when Ryan Miller made 18 saves and Thomas Vanek scored the game-winning goal before setting up Jason Pominville’s insurance tally later in the period.  Cody McCormick and Nathan Gerbe also scored in the game.  With the victory, Buffalo is now 7-2-1 in the last 10 games.

“We know what we have to do and we’re kind of up against the wall right now,” McCormick said of the team’s recent stretch.  “We need the points and it’s desperate hockey for us right now.”

Vanek’s two-point night gives him four consecutive multi-point games while Tyler Ennis, who picked up a pair of assists, has notched three straight multi-point games.  Vanek, the team’s leading scorer with 18-21-39, has registered 14 points (5-9-14) in the last nine games.

In other news, Patrick Kaleta informed the media he will play tonight despite leaving last night’s game in the second period after taking a slap shot off the same hand that was previously injured.

"I went to the doctor again this morning and got everything looked at and was re-assured that I can play again tonight," Kaleta said.

“Pat feels better and thinks he can play.  Nothing has changed, there was no further damage. He just has to deal with some soreness,” said Lindy Ruff. 

Ruff also said that Drew Stafford will miss his second straight game tonight with a mild groin injury.

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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