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NOTEBOOK: HARD WORK IS KEY

Saturday, 02.19.2011 / 2:42 PM / News
By Rob Crean  - Public Relations Director
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NOTEBOOK: HARD WORK IS KEY
Hard work was the common theme heard from Sabres players following Saturday’s practice at The Northtown Center at Amherst, which came a day after a disappointing 3-0 loss to St. Louis at HSBC Arena.

“We’ve just got to work harder,” said leading goal scorer Drew Stafford.  “We didn’t have it pretty much the last two games and it’s unacceptable, so we had a good work day today and all we can do is just make sure we’re coming out working tomorrow (against Washington).”

We’ve just got to work harder. We didn’t have it pretty much the last two games and it’s unacceptable, so we had a good work day today and all we can do is just make sure we’re coming out working tomorrow. - Sabres Forward Drew Stafford
Jordan Leopold shared a similar sentiment when asked what he took out of Saturday’s practice.

“Number one, we’ve got to work hard.  We got outworked the last couple of games. We were sluggish in the Toronto game, last night we weren’t real crisp and it cost us two points.”

Friday’s shutout loss was preceded by a 2-1 loss to Toronto on Wednesday night, meaning the Sabres have scored once in their last two outings, which happened to be the first two games of a season-long six-game homestand.  Lindy Ruff said improvement will come when the players get back to working as a team, and the coach put an emphasis on puck support and positional play during Saturday’s practice. 

2/19 - Lindy Ruff Interview

“You can look pretty bad if you’re not working together. We weren’t working together as a team,” he said.  “The last two games, it’s turned into some individual effort that we’ve hung on to pucks too long, we’ve tried to carry pucks too long.  A big part of our game is our passing.  If our passing isn’t sharp, we don’t come up the ice very well.  I thought our passing might have been at a season-low (Friday night).”

The next step for Buffalo will be carrying the effort from the practice rink on Saturday into Sunday’s matchup with the Capitals.

“I think we had a great practice today.  Last night wasn’t good enough and we had a really good effort out here today at practice and we’ve just got to be going tomorrow” said Tyler Ennis.



The special 12:30 p.m. start time for Sunday’s game is the earliest puck drop the Sabres have had this season, which may cause players to make some changes to their gameday routines.

“Obviously the time just changes a lot. There’s no pregame nap or anything like that,” said Tyler Myers.  “As far as right before the game at the rink, that will all stay the game.  Obviously breakfast is going to be the pregame meal, so that will be different.  Nothing much is going to change.”

Leopold said he has played early afternoon games in the past during his time with Pittsburgh and Calgary, and compared it to the team’s usual practice time slot.

“I’m a little bit more used to it.  We practice around that same time every day, so it’s about the same.”

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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