Buffalo Sabres Insider App Twitter Facebook

Lexus

A DAY OF REST

Sunday, 03.04.2012 / 7:01 PM / News
By Kevin Snow  - Sabres.com (@kwsnow)
X
Share with your Friends


A DAY OF REST

WINNIPEG – The fourth and final stop on Buffalo’s western road swing is Winnipeg, and the Sabres arrived in Manitoba’s capital city this afternoon. They face a huge task on Monday against the Jets, the team that went into Sunday occupying eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 70 points. (The Washington Capitals are in 10th with 69 points, and they host Philadelphia tonight.) Buffalo sits in 11th spot in the East just two points behind Winnipeg at 68 points and have a game in hand. Tomorrow’s game wraps up an eight-game homestand for the Jets, and they are 4-1-2 through the first seven games.

Rather than leave Vancouver right after last night’s 5-3 win over the Canucks, the Sabres spent the night and took an early morning flight that got them to the MTS Centre around 2:30 p.m. local time. The team was given the remainder of the afternoon off following a quick stretch at the rink. Head coach Lindy Ruff says it’s imperative in this busy month of March to keep the players fresh and prepared for the stretch run, or as he calls it – “our playoffs.”

“You look at the schedule, and the fact this going to be four games in six (days), and the travel today being late afternoon. I was weighing whether we should go on or just a team stretch to loosen up,” Ruff explained. “With a day off in between San Jose and Vancouver, we had good energy to start the game. With the number of games we have to play this month, we might have to take a little different approach. In the end we decided to have nobody going on.”

One player did skate today, and that was injured defenseman Robyn Regehr. He was run through some drills by assistant coaches James Patrick and Kevyn Adams to test his “mid-to-lower, lower body” injury. Ruff said that Regehr is better, and joked that if he could outskate Adams during the drills he’d have a chance to play on Monday.

Marcus Foligno was returned to Rochester today after being recalled on an emergency basis. With the Regehr injury forcing newcomer Alexander Sulzer into the lineup, the Sabres were out of extra bodies. Foligno arrived in Vancouver yesterday morning as a precaution for last night’s game.



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