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McBAIN TO SKATE WITH MYERS; SULZER, HACKETT RECALLED FROM AMERKS

Saturday, 10.05.2013 / 11:44 AM
By Chris Ryndak - Sabres.com / THE MORNING SKATE
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McBAIN TO SKATE WITH MYERS; SULZER, HACKETT RECALLED FROM AMERKS

PITTSBURGH – Defenseman Jamie McBain will play his first game in the blue and gold on Saturday when the Buffalo Sabres take on the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center at 7 p.m. He’ll skate alongside Tyler Myers as Henrik Tallinder is unable to go due to an upper-body injury.

McBain was a healthy scratch for Buffalo’s first two games of the season. He was acquired by the Sabres at the 2013 NHL Draft from the Carolina Hurricanes.

“I just have to go out there and play my game. I can’t think about trying to do too much, trying to impress anyone in any certain way just because it is my first game,” McBain said after an optional morning skate.

McBain recorded 11 points with the man advantage in 2011-12, scoring five times, but had an admittedly disappointing season last year. The Sabres power play is 0-for-11 this season, so McBain may be able to give it a boost. He’s done some practice work with the Sabres’ second unit the past few weeks.

“I consider myself a good power play guy too, so I’m looking forward to getting out there on the power play and hopefully just doing my part to get that jump started,” he said.

Goaltender Matt Hackett and defenseman Alexander Sulzer skated in Pittsburgh as well. Both played in the Rochester Americans’ home opener on Friday.

The roster spots on the blue line have opened up because Tallinder left the Sabres' 1-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Friday with an upper-body injury and did not make the trip with the team to Pittsburgh. An update on his condition could be available from coach Ron Rolston when he addresses the media later this afternoon.

Sulzer re-joined the Sabres after making his Rochester Americans debut on Friday against Grand Rapids. He’s scored 12 points in three games with the Sabres since the team traded for him at the 2012 NHL Trade Deadline. He was waived by Buffalo and assigned to the Amerks prior to the start of the season.

Hackett stopped 24 of 30 shots Friday before being lifted late in the second period. Hackett said he received a phone call at home at about midnight, telling him he had been recalled. He drove to Buffalo and then caught a ride to Pittsburgh.

“I was home about to pass out, got in my car and drove to Buffalo,” he said after practice. "...I’m just here to back up tonight, I guess."

That means Jhonas Enroth will most likely start in goal. Ryan Miller, who made 45 saves against the Senators on Friday, may not dress.

Forwards on the ice: Zemgus Girgensons, Mikhail Grigorenko, Brian Flynn, Cody McCormick, Johan Larsson, John Scott.

Defense on the ice: Alexander Sulzer, Jamie McBain, Rasmus Ristolainen, Mark Pysyk.

Goaltenders on the ice: Jhonas Enroth, Matt Hackett.

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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