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HEALTHY CHANGES EVERYTHING

Miller and Ennis optimistic about returning to lineup soon

Monday, 11.28.2011 / 4:12 PM / News
By Kevin Snow  - Sabres.com
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HEALTHY CHANGES EVERYTHING

An optimistic Ryan Miller said today that he plans to skate as the third goalie at Tuesday’s morning skate, and is targeting Wednesday as his first full practice since being injured in a collision with Milan Lucic on November 12. Miller skated lightly and stopped a few pucks prior to today’s practice. Afterwards he spoke to the media and said he’s encouraged by the progress he’s made.

“I feel good. Symptom wise I think it was more neck; something where I aggravated a disc in my neck pretty good. I had an MRI and CAT scan that backed that up. That’s a source of a lot of the tension and discomfort, and it definitely was limiting my range of motion.”

Miller now isn’t sure if he suffered a concussion in the hit with Lucic, but he was definitely concerned about experiencing concussion-like symptoms.

“I don’t know for certain what it was. I took a good impact and it definitely felt that way. But I also had the symptoms in my neck, and that was proven through some tests and I had to wait to let that settle down to a place where I can get back on the ice. It’s been good for a few days now, and now I have to get through some intense workouts.”



For the first time in several days, Lindy Ruff didn’t have to stand in front of the media and announce another injury. Instead, Ruff spent most of today’s post-practice briefing at First Niagara Center talking about the progress that some of his injured players are making.

“We had a pretty good day when it came to just treatments yesterday and some guys are feeling better,” Ruff explained. “We had some guys on the bike, and today that progressed. Everything is looking better.”

Ruff said that Patrick Kaleta, Drew Stafford and Robyn Regehr “could be available” for tomorrow’s home game against the New York Islanders. Kaleta seems to be the most questionable of the three, as he’s missed the last three games and only practiced once in the past week. The only time Regehr and Stafford have missed was Saturday’s game against Washington.

All three players took part in full-contact roles today’s practice. Stafford was on a line with Luke Adam and Ville Leino, while Kaleta skated with Matt Ellis and Paul Gaustad. Regehr was paired with Jordan Leopold on defense.
Zack Kassian and Brayden McNabb both remain with the big club. Kassian was on a line with Derek Roy and Nathan Gerbe, and McNabb was paired with Andrej Sekera.

Corey Tropp, TJ Brennan and Paul Szczechura were all reassigned to Rochester prior to today’s practice.



Tyler Ennis skated in today’s practice, but has ruled himself out for Tuesday’s game. There’s a possibility he could be ready for the weekend.

“I’m getting pretty close, today felt like my best day on the ankle,” Ennis said. “I still have to do some things. I’ve gotta get some down low play in and work on it a little bit, get some guys leaning on (my ankle). But for the most part it feels good.”



With the two head coach firings today in Washington and Carolina, there have now been 166 coaching changes in the NHL since Ruff was named Buffalo’s head coach on July 21, 1997.



Sabres prospects Mark Pysyk and Jerome Gauthier-Leduc were among the 41 players invited to Canada’s 2012 National Junior Team Selection Camp. Pysyk, Buffalo’s first-round pick (23rd overall) in 2010 has one goal and 11 assists in 20 games with the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings. Gauthier-Leduc is second among all Canadian Hockey League defensemen in scoring, and is 13th in the QMJHL league scoring race with 37 points (13+24) in 26 game with the Rimouski Oceanic. He was also drafted in 2010 – 68th overall in the third round.


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  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
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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