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ARMIA OUT INDEFINITELY WITH BROKEN HAND

Thursday, 09.26.2013 / 1:00 PM
By Chris Ryndak - Sabres.com / BEYOND THE BOARDS
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BEYOND THE BOARDS
ARMIA OUT INDEFINITELY WITH BROKEN HAND
       Joel Armia

With Corey Tropp out 5-6 weeks with a broken jaw and Marcus Foligno nursing an upper-body strain that will likely keep him out of the lineup until the season opener in Detroit on Oct. 2, the Buffalo Sabres were dealt another blow on Thursday.

Rookie right wing Joel Armia is out indefinitely with a broken hand, Sabres coach Ron Rolston said after the team’s practice at First Niagara Center. It’s still not clear if surgery will be required, but Rolston predicted he’ll be out at least 4-6 weeks.

The injury occurred when Armia, Buffalo’s first-round pick in 2011 (16th overall), was slashed in the second period during the Sabres’ 3-0 win over Columbus on Wednesday.

“Each game was saw improvement in how he’s performing and I thought last night was one of his best games of the exhibition season. He was doing a good job,” Rolston said.

Cody McCormick, who injured his hand in the game on Sunday, will be available to play Friday in Carolina for the team’s final preseason game. Foligno skated after practice in a red non-contact jersey.

Mike Weber was given a maintenance day and did not skate.


The practice on Thursday was also the first time the Sabres worked on special teams on the ice this training camp. The team scored on a delayed penalty against the Blue Jackets and killed off all seven of Columbus’ power plays.

“That’s exactly what today was all about was practicing at length on our power play, on our special teams. It needs work. It can always improve,” Sabres forward Steve Ott said. “You want to start off strong at the beginning of the season and having the chemistry early and practicing hopefully makes some dividends for the start of the year.”

Ott was on the ice during that 6-on-5 delayed penalty goal when the Sabres were able to move the puck confidently and efficiently, waiting for the right shot. Eventually, after about 45 seconds, Ville Leino put home a rebound from Cody Hodgson, giving the Sabres a 1-0 lead.

“It was a really fun sequence to be in. Guys were moving the puck, we had good support. Guys were driving to the lanes, things that instinctively took over for us in last night’s game since it hasn’t been practiced yet,” Ott said. “But we’ve all been in those situations in our careers and in our lives and I think it took over last night. Hopefully when we get those opportunities 6-on-5 we can bury some this year.”


Yellow Power Play Unit
26 Thomas Vanek / 19 Cody Hodgson / 9 Steve Ott
10 Christian Ehrhoff / 57 Tyler Myers

White Power Play Unit
21 Drew Stafford / 63 Tyler Ennis / 25 Mikhail Grigorenko / 23 Ville Leino
3 Mark Pysyk / 55 Rasmus Ristolainen / 4 Jamie McBain

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