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Edmonton Oilers at Buffalo Sabres, Game 39


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Edmonton Oilers
@ Buffalo Sabres

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012, 5:00 PM MST
First Niagara Center

Die By The Blade

Another Game, Another Sabres Defenseman Gets Injured - Die By The Blade
That fight with Troy Brouwer resulted in an upper body injury that will keep Ehrhoff out of the lineup for what coach Lindy Ruff called weeks. Whether the upper body injury is something broken or a concussion from hitting his head on the ice, we won't truly know.

A Statistical Investigation of Lindy Ruff-Coached Teams - Die By The Blade
With the season going the way it is, there's naturally been a lot of talk about Lindy Ruff. Everyone seems to think they have a good understanding of the coach and the system he implements. No matter the media outlet it seems every post or comment thread eventually has a claim about the coach. Discussions about Lindy have become the NHL's version of Godwin's law. I thought I'd take the time to critically examine his statistical record - and suffice to say, since he took over the Buffalo club in the summer of 1997, there's plenty of it.

Who Is Your 2011 MVP? - Die By The Blade
After an off-season filled with excitement and promise, the Sabres got off to a hot start, and then a combination of injuries and poor form across the board has resulted in the team ending the year right in the middle of the pack, scrapping for a playoff place much like last year.

Taylor HallSam GagnerAles Hemsky
Ryan SmythShawn HorcoffJordan Eberle
Teemu HartikainenEric BelangerRyan Jones
Ben EagerAnton LanderJosh Green

Ladislav SmidCorey Potter
Andy Sutton Jeff Petry
Theo PeckhamColten Teubert

Nikolai Khabibulin

GAME DAY: Edmonton @ Buffalo - Oil On Whyte
Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek both lead the Sabres in points with 39 each. Think the Sabres are happy they kept Vanek over four first round picks? Put it to you this way: I’m glad the Sabres were able to keep Vanek.

G39 Oilers at Sabres - Lowetide
I picked the Oilers for 13th in the conference and 27th overall this season, so can't be surprised they are 13th and 25th, respectively. Last night was a pretty terrific hockey game (injuries aside) and Buffalo is no screaming hell right now. Sabres are not a strong home team but the Oilers aren't good on the road and (I haven't checked) my brain tells me they are garbage on the 2nd night of btb's.

Today's Frustrated Edmonton Fan: NikkyBobbini

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Edmonton Oilers Injuries

Doubtful

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Ryan Whitney ankle 01/03/2012
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Shoulder 01/03/2012
Tom Gilbert Knee 01/03/2012

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Alex Plante concussion 12/27/2011
Cam Barker ankle 11/11/2011
Taylor Fedun femur 10/03/2011


Buffalo Sabres Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Colin Stuart other-excused 12/18/2011
Tyler Myers wrist 11/20/2011
Ville Leino other-excused 12/14/2011
Corey Tropp other-excused 12/10/2011