"We changed some things with our system. We want to make sure that everybody is on the same page with that," Ruff said. "First and foremost it’s making sure we’re ready to play. Secondly it’s taking a look at enough kids to see exactly where they’re at."
Buffalo opened camp on Saturday at HSBC Arena, using the first four day of training to engage in a round-robin scrimmage tournament. The internal competition finished on Wednesday , with Team Khmylev defeating Team Fleming in the championship by a score of 3-1.
Ruff worked on special teams in the morning skate at HSBC Arena. Tyler Myers and Chris Butler were paired together at the point on the first power play unit, while Andrej Sekera and Marc-Andre Gragnani were on the blueline for the second unit. The special teams combinations at practice were as follows:
INJURIES: Matt Generous was seen wearing a cast on his left leg at HSBC Arena on Tuesday. The defenseman was sent to the hospital for stitches Monday after getting his ankle sliced by a skate during the scrimmage. It is questionable whether or not he can skate Thursday.
"He does have a fairly deep cut. We’re just waiting," Ruff said. "He’s going to see a foot specialist to see exactly where he’s at. Obviously he had to miss today. There is some thinking that he could skate tomorrow, but he could miss some time so we’re just getting a second opinion by a specialist."
NOTES: Buffalo and Washington have played 25 preseason games all-time… The Sabres hold a 15-10 advantage… 18 of the 25 pre-season games between the Sabres and Capitals have been played at neutral site venues… The Sabres are 4-1 at home; 1-1 in Washington… These two teams haven’t met in the pre-season since 2005, when the Sabres went 2-0 (3-2 OT @ Buffalo, Sept. 17; 4-0 @ Washington, Sept. 21)… The first regular season meeting between the Sabres and Capitals is Wed., Nov. 25 in Washington
The Sabres are 129-145-47 all-time in the preseason… Buffalo is 16-9-1 in preseason action since the start of the 2005-06 season.
The Washington Capitals' 2008-09 season was capped by an Eastern Conference Semi Finals appearance against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Although the Caps lost in seven games to the Stanley Cup Champions in seven games, the playoff run marked their most successful campaign since 1998.
Alexander Ovechkin captured the Hart Trophy for his performance in the regular season. Ovechkin led the league with 56 goals and was second with 110 points.