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Morning Line

“We did a great job of making their goaltender look good.  We missed, by my count, four wide-open nets. [Drew Stafford] missed a wide-open net, missed two of them. [Jaroslav] Spacek missed a wide-open net. [Jason Pominville], wide-open net. But when you haven’t been going good, you don’t get breaks.”

-Sabres coach Lindy Ruff after losing their 4th game in a row.  More on the game from John Vogl of the Buffalo News.

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Ruff Benches Two Sabres

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Some big changes are in store for the Buffalo Sabres’ lineup when they meet the Philadelphia Flyers tonight in HSBC Arena.

Up from Portland is right winger Mark Mancari and in from the scratch list is defenseman Nathan Paetsch. Sentenced to seats in the press box are two longtime regulars—defenseman Henrik Tallinder and winger Maxim Afinogenov.

“Part of it is production and part of it is defensive play,” Ruff said. “Play away from the puck is important and those stats aren’t very good and his stats offensively aren’t very good. I’ve told the players I’m not going the easy route anymore.”

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Ruff Says Enough Of The Poor Games

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

The Sabres spent most of October at or near the top of the NHL in goals-against average. They entered Thursday’s play just 16th at 2.83.

“The time is now,” Ruff said after Thursday’s practice in HSBC Arena. “This is not just a couple little mishaps. This is a stretch of poor games that has been poor in a lot of areas.

“. . . Every team will have a segment of season where your goaltending will be tough, your special teams won’t get the job done, offensively you can’t seem to score. In an 82- game season, you deal with all these highs and lows and there’s never a team that doesn’t go through them. Maybe this is our little segment but now is the time to come out of it.”

The Sabres started November with back-to-back shutouts. Since then, they’ve been pillaged for 29 goals in just six games.

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No Postgame Road Show, Go To The Web Instead

from Mike Harrington of Sabres Edge,

Larry Quinn said over the summer the postgame show was getting dumped on the road because it was just three guys talking (Roby, Ray and Sylvester). What’s so wrong with that? He said the ratings on the road were lousy. I believe him but the team stunk last year and many road games are on Saturdays, an admittedly tough ratings night….

The Sabres are clearly going in another direction, pushing you to their Web site. You’ll usually see some locker room and Ruff video there. It seems they’re more interested in the glitz of the Sabres Show, their nicely packaged weekly magazine, than their actual game telecasts.

Seriously, do they really think we care more about a show featuring Maria Genero’s inane talks with players at local restaurants or her probing “interviews” with the likes of Tom Golisano?

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Connolly Has Another Injury

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Lindy Ruff saw Tim Connolly get leveled, and he immediately was concerned. Not just because the Buffalo Sabres center has a history of concussions, but because the hit was hard enough to hurt anyone. It certainly hurt Connolly….

“Tim’s just got a bruised chest, so he’s going to be day-to-day,” Ruff said. “Don’t feel it’s bad, but don’t really have a handle on how much time it’s going to take.”

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Mair Fined

from TSN,

Sources say Adam Mair of the Buffalo Sabres has been fined $2,500 by the NHL for venturing down a hallway and trying to get at Ottawa Senators players during Monday’s NHL game in Buffalo.

The fine is the maximum amount that is allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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In case you missed the incident, you can view it here.

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League Will Review Mair Incident

from Bruce Garrioch of Off The Posts,

Expect to see Adam Mair get the book thrown at him by the NHL.

A league official confirmed to Sun Media today that the league is reviewing the incident of Mair marching down the hallway late in the Senators’ 5-2 victory at the HSBC Arena to try to get Ottawa winger Chris Neil. Senators coach Craig Hartsburg told reporters this morning that the league has to deal with Mair.

All that stopped Mair was Senators winger Jarkko Ruutu, defenceman Luke Richardson (who was in his street clothes) and director of communications Phil Legault, who stepped in the middle.

continued and see a video of the incident below…

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All About Goaltending In Buffalo

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Goaltending was the Sabres’ vital component this year. Miller was a one-man workhorse last season and wore down after Ruff lost faith in Jocelyn Thibault. But the stellar starts by the new combination have Buffalo enjoying a 6-0-1 record.

“We’ve got two great goaltenders, and they’re both great guys, and they get along great. What more could you ask for?” Ruff said. “It’s healthy competition.”

The netminders are feeding off each other. Lalime sees Miller make 25 saves and follows with 35. Miller has little choice but to respond with a pair of 30-save performances.

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Rivet Has Knee Surgery

via the Buffalo Sabres,

Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced that defenseman Craig Rivet had arthroscopic surgery on his knee today. His recovery is expected to be a minimum of two weeks.

 

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Sabres Paille Sets The Hard Work Example

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Ruff has been harping since the first day of training camp about playing better away from the puck. Detroit has excelled in that area for years, Datsyuk in particular. He had 97 points last season and was among the Red Wings’ most dangerous offensive weapons, but he also won the Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward.

Henrik Zetterberg finished last season with 43 goals and 92 points and was a runner-up for the Selke. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs after the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup. They helped set Detroit apart in a tight league.

Ruff isn’t asking for Datsyuk and Zetterberg’s talent, but he wants his players matching their effort. Vanek has scored two short-handed goals, both the results of Paille’s labor.

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