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SABRES TRIM NUMBERS AGAIN

Monday, 09.23.2013 / 12:15 PM
By Chris Ryndak - Sabres.com (@chrisryndak) / BEYOND THE BOARDS
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BEYOND THE BOARDS
SABRES TRIM NUMBERS AGAIN

Training camp is winding down and the Buffalo Sabres are beginning to get a better idea of what their team will look like for their season opener on Oct. 2 in Detroit.

The team announced Monday that goaltender Matt Hackett, defensemen Brayden McNabb and Chad Ruhwedel and center Mike Zigomanis have been assigned to the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League. Defenseman Drew Bagnall and forward Matt Ellis will also be assigned to Rochester, pending waivers.

The Sabres’ roster now includes 29 players: 18 forwards, nine defensemen and two goaltenders.


    Marcus Foligno

Corey Tropp and Marcus Foligno did not participate in practice at First Niagara Center. Cody McCormick, who left the game on Sunday with 5:22 remaining in the second period after knocking down a puck with his hand, also did not skate.

Sabres coach Ron Rolston said after practice that he’ll have more information on Tuesday regarding the conditions of Foligno and Tropp after they are evaluated. Rolston said he anticipates McCormick to be ready by Wednesday, when the Sabres host the Columbus Blue Jackets at 7 p.m. at First Niagara Center.

Foligno was injured while setting up Tropp’s goal midway through the third period on Sunday. Toronto defenseman T.J. Brennan checked Foligno into the boards as he made a pass to the point and landed awkwardly as Tropp tipped Jamie McBain’s shot in. He left for the dressing room shortly after.

On the ensuing faceoff, Tropp fought with Jamie Devane and landed hard on the ice after taking a punch to the head. A bloodied Tropp had to be helped off the ice by the training staff. He did not return to the game.

“They’re obviously a big part of our team. They’re both gritty players so anytime anybody gets injured on our team, it’s a concern, but those two players are important players for us,” Rolston said after practice.


The following players were on the ice Monday afternoon:

Forwards: Luke Adam, Joel Armia, Tyler Ennis, Brian Flynn, Zemgus Girgensons, Mikhail Grigorenko, Cody Hodgson, Patrick Kaleta, Johan Larsson, Ville Leino, Steve Ott, Kevin Porter, John Scott, Drew Stafford, Thomas Vanek.

Defensemen: Christian Ehrhoff, Jamie McBain, Tyler Myers, Mark Pysyk, Rasmus Ristolainen, Alexander Sulzer, Henrik Tallinder, Mike Weber, Nikita Zadorov.

Goaltenders: Ryan Miller, Jhonas Enroth.


Forward lines at practice:

26 Vanek – 19 Hodgson – 21 Stafford
9 Ott – 63 Ennis – 23 Leino
28 Girgensons – 22 Larsson – 65 Flynn
72 Adam – 25 Grigorenko – 33 Armia
32 Scott – 12 Porter – 36 Kaleta

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82