‘“You don’t have as much energy as you need,” Ruff said of the injuries juggling the lineup. “Our turnovers go up because you can’t get your feet going. It affects our special teams.”’
Archives for November 16, 2006
'Coach Lindy Ruff on Thursday said Afinogenov is still experiencing some soreness but termed the player's return against the Penguins a possibility after he took part in a full team practice.'
'The newest addition to the lineup of the Akron-based company features thick fudge, fudge-coated cone pieces and chopped peanuts packaged in a container decorated with the National Hockey League club's colors and team logo. The name is a take-off on a catch-phrase used by Sabres' broadcaster Rick Jeanneret in reference to player scoring into the top of the net.'
'A second regulation defeat in 18 games is no reason to panic. But what has some key Sabres on edge is their inability to make the first power-play unit work, especially at a time when they're playing 10 games in 17 nights and teammates are on the shelf with injuries.'
'"If it were a different circumstance I'd want to be back in the lineup, but I know I don't want this to go the whole season," Miller said. "I don't want this to be something that pops up and creeps in and it's a situation where, "Another week off and see how it feels,' then, "Two weeks off and see how it feels.' I want this to be done."'
'All 482 seats at Chef's have someone sitting in them at least once, before every home game, said Paveljack, and it's all thanks to the sold-out Sabres. "Even the personality and the mood, everyone coming in is really happy, everyone has got jerseys on, and smiling and a rush, they're in a hurry, they want to eat their pasta and go to the game right away," she said.'
'Are they concerned? A bit. Are they worried? Not a bit. Are they motivated? Completely.'
‘So much for a happy 65th birthday for owner Tom Golisano, who before the opening faceoff was serenaded with a rendition of “Happy Birthday” by many in the sellout crowd of 18,690 at HSBC Arena.’
‘“I’m just playing hockey,” Stafford said following Wednesday’s loss. “I feel good. It’s going to take me a few games here to get going, but every game I think I’m getting better and better. They’re teaching me a lot here and making sure I know exactly what I’m doing out there as far as defensively. They just keep telling me to keep skating. And I’m just playing hockey.”’
‘In the seven games prior to Wednesday’s contest, the Drury-Kotalik-Novotny trio combined for two goals, six assists and a collective minus-9. After the team’s first nine games, the line had 15 goals, nine assists and a plus-4.’