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MORNING SKATE UPDATE

Sabres Look to Rebound From Friday's Loss

Saturday, 02.05.2011 / 12:29 PM / News
By Rob Crean  - Public Relations Director
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MORNING SKATE UPDATE
On the heels of last night’s 3-2 loss at Pittsburgh, the Sabres gathered at HSBC Arena this morning for a team meeting and an optional skate as they prepare to host the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7 p.m.  Buffalo enters tonight’s game having won six in a row at home against the Leafs.

Friday’s loss was a missed opportunity for the Sabres, who led 2-0 after one period.  The team had been off for nine days following the All-Star break and picked up games in hand on two of the teams directly above them in the standings, Carolina and Atlanta, both of which lost twice this week while the Sabres waited to return to the ice.  The eighth-place Thrashers are six points ahead of Buffalo but have played four more games to this point.  Tonight, the Sabres get another chance to gain ground.

“We know how important this game is for us to move up the standings and to take advantage of a game in hand,” said Head Coach Lindy Ruff.

Jason Pominville, who has registered eight points in the last seven games, reiterated the importance of capitalizing on the games in hand.

“We’re not in a situation where we can afford to lose those games. We need those points; we’re desperate for points,” he said.  “We’ve got games in hand but those games we’ve got to win.” 

2/5 - Jason Pominville Pregame

2/5 - Ryan Miller Pregame

Goaltender Ryan Miller enters tonight’s contest having started 27 consecutive games, a streak that began November 26 against Toronto.  Miller is 23-8-0 all-time against the Leafs, and said tonight’s game will be a chess match.

“They’re trying to make a push just like anyone else,” Miller said.  “We have to be willing to work, we have to be willing to play a little bit of the chess game.  We’ve been talking for a long time, that same cliché, it’s like a game of chess – who’s going to break first, who’s going to leave an opening, who’s going to take that big risk.” 

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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