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MORNING SKATE UPDATE: SABRES FACE NEW-LOOK SENS

Friday, 02.25.2011 / 11:51 AM / News
By Rob Crean  - Public Relations Director
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MORNING SKATE UPDATE: SABRES FACE NEW-LOOK SENS

Only a handful of Sabres were on the ice this morning as a scheduled optional skate combined with the nasty winter weather outside made for a quiet morning at HSBC Arena.

Thomas Vanek (Photo: Getty Images)

The Sabres and Senators will face off at HSBC Arena tonight in the fifth of six meetings between the clubs this season, although to the Sabres, it may feel like they’re seeing Ottawa for the first time. 

Since the teams last played on Jan. 25, the Senators have shipped out veteran players Mike Fisher (to Nashville), Chris Kelly (to Boston), Jarkko Ruutu (to Anaheim), Brian Elliot (to Colorado) and Alex Kovalev (to Pittsburgh).  Yesterday, they picked up forward Marek Svatos off waivers from Nashville.

Lindy Ruff said it would be difficult to get a read on what to expect from a team with a new-look roster that features five rookies.

“Obviously it’s different players from the last game to this game, players we don’t know a lot about, I think younger, more energy, so it is a totally different team we’re looking at,” said Ruff.   “You’ve got players that are looking to make an impact, to make an impression.  Obviously players that are going to get a look for the first time. They’ve got good energy in their game, they’ve won their last two games, so these are always dangerous situations.”

2/25 - Lindy Ruff Pregame

The biggest return in the recent deals Ottawa has made was goaltender Craig Anderson, who was picked up from Colorado in the Elliot deal.  In his Senators debut last week at Toronto, Anderson recorded a 47-save shutout.

“He’s had some real good runs,” Ruff said of the new Ottawa netminder.  “He was unbelievable for a long stretch in Colorado, he was unbelievable in his first game (with Ottawa).  The important thing is the traffic, it’s the second opportunities, and we make sure that we do our part.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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