GIRGENSONS, KALETA SHOULDN'T MISS TIME
Both Girgensons and Kaleta played Saturday night in the Sabres 3-2 shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Rolston said Girgensons is dealing with some swelling in his hand while Kaleta was “just a little dinged up from the game – nothing major.”
The Sabres take on the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre in the second half of the home-and-home series at 7p.m. The game can be heard live on ESPN 1520 AM.
Defenseman Jamie McBain played a game-high 27:02 against Toronto on Saturday in his first home game as a Sabre. He’ll have another go around to eat up minutes on Sunday when he steps back into the lineup at Air Canada Centre.
“I love that opportunity to play those minutes, to show my skill set and to show that I’m capable of playing those big minutes,” he said after practice at First Niagara Center. “It’s always a fun time when you’re playing a lot of minutes and I’m just trying to make the most of my opportunity.”
He’s one of a number of defensemen fighting for a spot in the Sabres opening night lineup in Detroit on Oct. 2. The Sabres traded for McBain at the NHL Draft in June (giving Andrej Sekera to the Hurricanes) after drafting two defensemen – Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov – that are still in training camp.
The team also re-signed Alexander Sulzer and acquired veteran defenseman Henrik Tallinder over the summer. Prospects like Mark Pysyk, Brayden McNabb and Chad Ruhwedel are gunning for positions as well.
McBain is taking the competition in stride and hopes he can prove himself to a new coaching staff.
“It’s kind of the same thing that it’s been every year. There are no for-sure spots,” McBain said. “You have to fight your spot, especially coming into a new organization where the coaches don’t know me; I’m not familiar with the coaches. You just have to go out there and prove yourself, showcase what I’m capable of doing and hopefully it’s good enough that the coaches appreciate it.”
MORNING SKATE - 10:30 a.m.
SESSION TWO - 11:30 a.m.