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ZADOROV COULD MAKE NHL DEBUT

Saturday, 10.19.2013 / 12:40 PM
By Chris Ryndak - Sabres.com (@chrisryndak) / THE MORNING SKATE
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ZADOROV COULD MAKE NHL DEBUT

There could likely be lineup changes coming for the Buffalo Sabres and Nikita Zadorov could make his NHL debut against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

Forward Kevin Porter and defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen took in extra work after practice at First Niagara Center with suspended forward Patrick Kaleta, so they will likely be the healthy scratches.

Sabres coach Ron Rolston said that forward Cody McCormick, who is day-to-day with a lower body injury, will not be able to play, so it looks like the Sabres will dress seven defensemen against Colorado.

Faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Zadorov, currently on the injured non-roster list, has been recovering from a lacerated finger he sustained in the preseason, but has been a full participant in practice the last few days. He’s skated alongside Jamie McBain in those sessions.

Rolston said on Friday that he would like to get Zadorv, who was drafted by the Sabres 16th overall in June, into a game soon. Saturday morning, Rolston declared the 18-year-old defenseman healthy enough to play.

“How close [is Zadorov] to playing? He’s ready to go at any time,” Rolston told reporters. “Could be tonight.”

If Zadorov dresses, a roster move would have to be made before the game. Rolston said they would not put McCormick on injured reserve to free up a spot on the 23-man roster.

When asked after practice if McBain was going to take Ristolainen’s place in the lineup, Rolston gave a guarded response.

“I don’t know. We’ll see. We’ll see how tonight goes,” he said. “It’s a surprise.”


Zemgus Girgensons, who caught a puck above his left eye on Tuesday, will be back in the lineup for Buffalo.

“I didn’t really want to miss anything because I don’t think it was that big of a deal,” he said. “It was just some stitches and the only problem was my eye was shut. I couldn’t see. So besides that, there were no problems. It was just about the body recovering. Nothing else.”

Ryan Miller was the first goaltender off the ice during the optional morning skate and is likely to start in goal.


Sabres rookie center Mikhail Grigorenko will see a familiar face behind the opposing bench. First-year Avalanche coach Patrick Roy was Grigorenko’s coach with the Quebec City Remparts of the Ontario Hockey League for two seasons from 2011 to 2013.

Grigorenko said he is looking forward to playing against his old coach from juniors.

“He meant a lot to me. He’s the guy who taught me the most things about hockey and I was really lucky to play in North America with him [as] my coach,” Grigorenko said. “Hopefully I’ll be able to show him what he taught me and hopefully score a goal.”

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  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