'He says it's frustrating practicing and watching, not knowing when his body is going the get over this. He's been practicing on a non contact basis for over two weeks.'
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'"I've always said, 'When you get things going, you get a lot of good breaks,'" said Ruff, whose team hosts Florida on Wednesday. "And we've had a lot of good breaks. We just want to keep it going."'
The Buffalo Sabres will hold a press conference tomorrow (following the Sabres gameday skate), with the participants of the Western New York Club Hockey Super Sunday teams. Super Sunday is the premier high school hockey championship in the Western New York area that takes place this Sunday, February 22, at the HSBC Arena.
'"We see an awful lot of goals lately, and that hasn't been the case for a very long time around here," Satan said. "Many players have confidence to make plays and shoot the puck. It gives us the confidence we can play against any team."'
'Two months ago, they lost seven straight and looked like the same old Sabres. It seemed they were no longer responding to Lindy Ruff. They've been a different team since then. There's been a cultural change in the locker room, a shifting of leadership to the younger guys Ruff refers to as his "core."'
'"I do take it personal," said Patrick, who also has battled a groin injury this season. "If I get hurt it's because I'm old. If another guy gets hurt it's because of the physical play and nature of the game. Knowing that, that's what (ticks) me off even more about it."'
'"He's getting a good handle on things,'' Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "He's got an edge to him, which you like. We want him to play a feisty game and that's part of his makeup."'
'Buffalo has really been doing damage on the power play, going 13 of 40 (32.5 percent) in the past eight games. And when the Sabres take advantage on the man advantage, they do well, with a 21-7-2 record when they score a power-play goal.'