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MORNING SKATE UPDATE: MONTADOR BACK IN

Friday, 02.18.2011 / 12:19 PM / News
By Rob Crean  - Public Relations Director
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MORNING SKATE UPDATE: MONTADOR BACK IN
Defenseman Steve Montador will return to the lineup tonight when the Sabres host the St. Louis Blues at HSBC Arena.  Montador has missed the last five games with concussion symptoms and is eager to get back on the ice.

Steve Montador (Photo: Bill Wippert)
“We’ve certainly taken the patient route but it’s tough to watch hockey,” Montador said.  “I did it earlier in my career and I gained another perspective and appreciation for guys who have to sit and watch because you’re basically watching everyone else doing what you want to do.  It’s not easy, it’s a chance to learn a lot, but at the same time you really get the itch (to play) every game.”

Montador has recorded 15 points (4-11-15) in 51 games this season and had appeared in every game prior to his injury.  His return means St. Louis native Chris Butler will likely come back out of the lineup after filling in for the last five games.

“I thought Chris played well. It’s a good situation to be in where you can have a player step in and play well for you,” said Head Coach Lindy Ruff.

With Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak being placed on Injured Reserve yesterday, Buffalo may see former Sabre Ty Conklin in net.  Conklin, who joined the Sabres at the trade deadline in 2007 and spent the remainder of the 2006-07 campaign with the team, has a 6-1-0 lifetime record against Buffalo with a 1.70 goals against average and a .943 save percentage.

“It doesn’t matter what goaltender you play, you’ve got to create the quality chances and then, when that opportunity is on the right guy’s stick, he’s got to take advantage of it,” Ruff said.

2/18 - Lindy Ruff Pregame

The Sabres skated this morning for the first time since Wednesday’s game against Toronto because they were given the day off yesterday.  At this time of year, Ruff said it will be important to get enough rest.

“Right now, with the stretch we’re going through, it’s try to empty the tank in the games then get some rest in between.”

Near the end of this morning’s skate, Ruff gathered the team for a brief talk.  When he was finished, the coaches skated away but the players remained to continue the chat on their own.

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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