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FOLIGNO READY, MILLER A POSSIBILITY FOR TUESDAY NIGHT

Monday, 10.07.2013 / 1:48 PM
By Chris Ryndak - Sabres.com (@chrisryndak) / BEYOND THE BOARDS
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FOLIGNO READY, MILLER A POSSIBILITY FOR TUESDAY NIGHT

Marcus Foligno will return to the Buffalo Sabres lineup Tuesday night when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning and Ryan Miller may be back as well.

Foligno has yet to play this season after sustaining an upper-body injury on Sept. 22 in an exhibition game against Toronto. He was a full participant in practice at First Niagara Center on Monday.

“This is a time to really establish myself and help out the team and hopefully tomorrow’s a big game for myself and for the team,” Foligno said after practice. “We need to get it back on track here and we really can’t let games slide.”

Miller did not dress in the loss on Saturday in Pittsburgh due to a lower-body injury. He did not practice on Monday and Rolston wasn’t sure if he’ll be ready for Tuesday. His status will depend on his on-ice workouts leading up to the game.

“We’re going to see. He’s going to let us know where he’s at and we’ve got pregame skate tomorrow too,” Rolston said. “He’s close. It’s just how he’s moving out there.”

Matt Hackett served as Jhonas Enroth’s backup Saturday night on an emergency recall.

Cody Hodgson also did not skate. Rolston said he has a lower-body injury, but doesn’t expect him to miss any more time.

“Cody is just kind of day to day, basically. Today was kind of a maintenance [day] for him,” Rolston said. “He should be back in there tomorrow.”

The Sabres focused on passing drills and power-play work at practice. Buffalo is 0-for-13 with the man advantage through three games and Rolston wants to see his team get more pucks to the net. He said he liked what he saw from the power play in practice on Monday.

“It’s hockey school stuff, but we need to get better with our hands right now,” Rolston said. “A portion of our problems, even in our zone, is just making a pass and catching a pass to get out of the zone. That’s part of it and that’s why we worked on [the passing drills].”


26 Thomas Vanek – 63 Tyler Ennis – 28 Zemgus Girgensons
82 Marcus Foligno – 25 Mikhail Grigorenko – 21 Drew Stafford
9 Steve Ott – 12 Kevin Porter – 65 Brian Flynn
22 Johan Larsson – 8 Cody McCormick – 36 Patrick Kaleta

10 Christian Ehrhoff – 3 Mark Pysyk
6 Mike Weber – 57 Tyler Myers
4 Jamie McBain – 55 Rasmus Ristolainen
52 Alexander Sulzer – 32 John Scott

1 Jhonas Enroth
31 Matt Hackett

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