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McCORMICK READY, ENROTH IN THIS WEEKEND

Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 1:18 PM
By Chris Ryndak - Sabres.com (@chrisryndak) / BEYOND THE BOARDS
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McCORMICK READY, ENROTH IN THIS WEEKEND

Ville Leino and Cody McCormick will make the trip to Florida with the Buffalo Sabres for the team’s pair of games in the Sunshine State this weekend.

Both forwards are currently on injured reserve and roster moves will have to be made in order to activate one or both of them.

Sabres coach Ron Rolston said that McCormick is ready to play while they’re still evaluating Leino. Rolston also said that a roster move would be made today but was not ready to announce what it would be.

The Buffalo Sabres can only have 23 players on their active roster and two of their three scratches at the moment are taken up by forwards who cannot play. Patrick Kaleta is serving a 10-game suspension that he is appealing and John Scott has a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety for a check he made Wednesday on Bruins forward Loui Eriksson.

UPDATE: KALETA SUSPENSION UPHELD BY NHL

“It’s two roster spots that are basically with guys who can’t play for you, so sure, it affects things,” Rolston said.

The Sabres play the Florida Panthers on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday at 7 p.m. Jhonas Enroth will start one of those games, according to Rolston.


Also on the injury front, forward Corey Tropp continues to skate with the team, albeit in a red non-contact jersey and a full face shield as he works his way back from a broken jaw. Rolston said he is “on a good path” and they’re waiting for him to be cleared for contact by team doctors.

Rookie Joel Armia, who broke his hand in the preseason on Sept. 25, is not skating with the team, but is making progress as well.

“He’s just in the stages now where he can basically have a stick in his hand and actually stickhandle a puck, that sort of thing,” Rolston said. “He’s close, but he’s still probably a week or two away in terms of doing everything that he needs to do and being confident in it and his hand.”


Even with the team’s 1-9-1 start, Rolston said that he, general manager Darcy Regier and owner Terry Pegula are all still on the same page.

“We’ve had the same plan the whole time in terms of what we talked about and playing young players,” Rolston said. “Again, we’ve committed to that and that’s what we’re doing right now. We have continued to put the young guys in there and going along with the plan that we have.”


26 Thomas Vanek – 19 Cody Hodgson – 65 Brian Flynn
9 Steve Ott – 25 Mikhail Grigorenko – 82 Marcus Foligno
28 Zemgus Girgensons – 22 Johan Larsson – 63 Tyler Ennis
21 Drew Stafford – 8 Cody McCormick – 23 Ville Leino
32 John Scott – 12 Kevin Porter – 36 Patrick Kaleta
78 Corey Tropp (red non-contact jersey)

10 Christian Ehrhoff – 3 Mark Pysyk
61 Nikita Zadorov – 57 Tyler Myers
20 Henrik Tallinder – 4 Jamie McBain
6 Mike Weber – 55 Rasmus Ristolainen

30 Ryan Miller
1 Jhonas Enroth

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