“I think to just get the legs underneath you, and break up what’s going to be a long day. We want to try and stay on schedule, and make sure that everybody stays up and gets back on what would be our North American schedule,” he explained. “We have stressed the importance of staying on schedule, and not laying down and ending up with a three-hour nap and then you can’t sleep during the night.”
Ruff was very pleased with how the Sabres reacted to the lengthy skate.
“I actually thought they looked pretty good. We kept it a little on the lighter side. But overall I thought the boys skated pretty well.”
referred to the international sized ice surface at SAP Arena as an “ocean,” but doesn’t foresee any adjustment problems for the Sabres.
“We come out of the corners back home and it’s a scoring chance. Whereas over here, you’re still a mile away. But I think it’s going to be fun. We’re a good skating team and I think we’ll get used to it pretty quickly.”
Ruff tinkered with the lines somewhat at practice. Nathan Gerbe
moved up to play with Derek Roy
and Drew Stafford
, while Brad Boyes
took Stafford’s spot on the Leino/Ennis line. Luke Adam
centered Thomas Vanek
and Jason Pominville
; and Patrick Kaleta
skated with a four-man group that also consisted of Paul Gaustad
, Matt Ellis and Cody McCormick
. Jochen Hecht
skated in a non-contact role, and isn’t expected to play in Tuesday’s exhibition against his former German club team.