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TROPP OUT 5-6 WEEKS WITH BROKEN JAW

Wednesday, 09.25.2013 / 10:52 AM
By Chris Ryndak - Sabres.com (@chrisryndak) / THE MORNING SKATE
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TROPP OUT 5-6 WEEKS WITH BROKEN JAW
      Corey Tropp

Buffalo Sabres coach Ron Rolston said after the morning skate Wednesday that right wing Corey Tropp will miss approximately 5-6 weeks after having surgery to repair a broken jaw. Tropp sustained the injury in a fight with Maple Leafs forward Jamie Devane in the third period of Buffalo’s 5-3 loss to Toronto on Sunday.

The Sabres host the Columbus Blue Jackets in an exhibition game Wednesday night at First Niagara Center at 7 p.m.

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Rolston said Tropp also had a concussion, but has been cleared on that front.

Tropp missed 72 games last season with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League after injuring his knee in the first game of the 2012-13 campaign.

“That’s one of the most unfortunate things about the whole incident in Toronto, I think is the fact he missed the whole year last year with an injury that was pretty much a fluke situation where he got hurt.” Rolston said. “For this to happen early on, I think he was in the right mindset. He was playing really well in camp. He was excited so it’s unfortunate. You feel for that, for Corey and players that have that happen to them.”

Marcus Foligno, who was also injured in the third period Sunday, has an upper-body strain and is expected to be ready by the Sabres’ season opener in Detroit on Oct. 2. He’ll likely miss the final preseason game against Carolina on Friday.

“I wouldn’t think he’s going to be there for Friday, but you never know," Rolston said. "He feels a lot better today, so I would say [he'll be back for the] opener to be realistic.”

Cody McCormick was back on the ice after missing practice on Monday with a hand injury. He will not play on Wendesday, but Roston said there’s a good chance he’ll be ready for the game in Carolina.


Rolston responded to questions about the fine he received from the League regarding “player selection and team conduct” that led to the line brawl in Toronto.

“I’m not going to go into a long explanation on it, but it’s part of what they do and they have to make a decision on what’s best for the League,” Rolston said. “Those are things we can’t control, so we do what is handed down and go from there.”

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Rolston said he did not say anything to forward John Scott before leaving him on the ice for the face off after the Tropp fight that ignited the incident.


  Henrik Tallinder

After a series of cuts on Monday, the team is basically down to five forward lines and nine defensemen. Rolston said that the makeup of the roster is “fairly close” to what it will look like on opening night.

More decisions will have to be made in the coming days and young players like Rasmus Ristolainen, Johan Larsson, Mikhail Grigorenko, Joel Armia and Zemgus Girgensons will have another chance to impress in front of the home crowd.

On defense, Henrik Tallinder and Tyler Myers have been in a pairing since Monday. The two last played together during the 2009-10 season when Myers was named Rookie of the Year. Wednesday will mark the first game action they’ll see together since then.

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“We’ve been together for two days so it’s different when you practice compared to games because in games, everything happens so quickly and there are a lot of situations out there that you can’t predict what’s going to happen,” Tallinder said.

“So that’s where you read off each other. But we read off each other pretty good last time we played together so hopefully we can get that chemistry going again.”


SABRES LINEUP

26 Thomas Vanek – 19 Cody Hodgson – 21 Drew Stafford
9 Steve Ott – 63 Tyler Ennis – 23 Ville Leino
28 Zemgus Girgensons – 25 Mikhail Grigorenko – 33 Joel Armia
32 John Scott – 22 Johan Larsson – 36 Patrick Kaleta

Scratched: 72 Luke Adam / 12 Kevin Porter / 65 Brian Flynn / 8 Cody McCormick

20 Henrik Tallinder – 57 Tyler Myers
10 Christian Ehrhoff – 3 Mark Pysyk
6 Mike Weber – 55 Rasmus Ristolainen

Scratched: 52 Alexander Sulzer / 4 Jamie McBain / 61 Nikita Zadorov .

1 Jhonas Enroth
30 Ryan Miller


BLUE JACKETS LINEUP (via BlueJackets.com)

Forwards: Skille, Calvert, Craig, Umberger, Johansen, Marchessault, Smith, Chaput, Anisimov, Collins, Letestu, Foligno

Defensemen: Erixon, Wisniewski, Melart, Weber, Goloubef, Savard

Goalies: McKenna, Smith

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