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NO JOKE: THE HOFF IS BACK

Christian Ehrhoff will be back on the blueline Tuesday in New Jersey

Monday, 01.23.2012 / 8:18 PM / News
By Kevin Snow  - Sabres.com
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NO JOKE: THE HOFF IS BACK

Christian Ehrhoff has been out of the Sabres lineup for the past three weeks, and the team has gone 2-7-2 in his absence. So what does he want to bring to the dressing room when he returns to the ice for tomorrow’s game in New Jersey?

“Maybe I’ll throw a joke out to get the guys going. Try to get the confidence level back up again,” he said with a smile. “It’s been a tough few weeks for the guys that have been playing. I’ll just try to come in and bring some excitement, and maybe give them a little confidence. It’s been a while. Obviously I’m happy to be back. Hopefully we can get out of this hole tomorrow and get a win.”

The team’s confidence has definitely taken a hit since Ehrhoff suffered an upper body injury in Washington on December 30. But despite missing the last 11 games, Ehrhoff still leads all Sabres blueliners in assists (14), points (17) and shots (86).

Getting his big shot back in the lineup will be a boost for a team that has had trouble generating offense. Ehrhoff says he won’t be hesitant to unleash it.

“I always try to use it. We’ll see how many opportunities are there. I’m not going to try and force it.”



Brad Boyes was missing from today’s practice, and Lindy Ruff said afterwards that’s he’s become the latest victim to the flu bug that has been running through the locker room over the past week.

Tyler Ennis skated in Boyes’ spot on a line with Drew Stafford and Ville Leino, and appeared to be moving well. But Ruff said that wasn’t any indication the speedy winger is ready to return from the high ankle sprain he aggravated in Pittsburgh on December 17.

“He’s not gonna play tomorrow. He’ll practice with us again, and I’m pretty sure he’ll be ready for us after the break,” explained Ruff. “We’re going to do some treatment with him over the next five days and make sure that it’s not one game and out again.”

Ennis has already missed 33 games this season because of the ankle sprain, and has produced just five points (3+2) in 15 games when healthy.



TJ Brennan was also absent again today, and Ruff said there’s a chance that it could be more than just a flu bug slowing him down. Brennan was hit in the head by Nik Antropov in Winnipeg last Thursday, and he wouldn’t rule out the possibility that a concussion may be in play as well.

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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