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SULZER RECALLED, McCORMICK OUT AT LEAST A WEEK

Saturday, 11.23.2013 / 2:23 PM
By Chris Ryndak - Sabres.com (@chrisryndak) / BEYOND THE BOARDS
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SULZER RECALLED, McCORMICK OUT AT LEAST A WEEK

Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan is looking for a calming influence on his blue line. After attending the Rochester Americans home game Friday night with president of hockey operations Pat LaFontaine, the decision to call up defenseman Alexander Sulzer was made.

He’ll be in the lineup Sunday evening when Buffalo hosts the Detroit Red Wings at 5 p.m. at First Niagara Center.

Sulzer re-joins the Sabres for his second call-up of the season. He last played on Oct. 12 in Chicago, where he logged 19:20 of ice time. With the Amerks this season, Sulzer has appeared in 10 games and has recorded two goals and five assists.

“One of the reasons we went down is we wanted to see him play,” Nolan said after practice at Bud Bakewell Arena at Riverside Park on Saturday. “He’s a veteran guy and we’ve got a lot of young talent here. We need to make sure they mature at the right pace. This guy’s a veteran guy that’s been around for a while and he can have some stability back there for us.”

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Sulzer skated with the team Saturday morning and was paired with Christian Ehrhoff. The two have played a lot of hockey together since the Sabres acquired Suzler from Vancouver at the 2012 NHL Trade Deadline. They were a pair last season before a knee injury ended Suzler’s season 17 games in.

“We had pretty good chemistry last year when we played together and I hope we can continue that,” Sulzer said.

Sulzer, 29, is a veteran of 107 NHL games and hopes to provide some stability to the defense. He and Nolan had a good chat about that on the ice after practice.

“I’m an older guy even if I don’t want to admit it. I am now and he just wants me to be as calm as I usually play and just try to be solid,” Sulzer said. “It’s just when it gets scrambly a little bit that not everybody starts running around, that we just play in the zone like Teddy wants us to play and just don’t freak out if one mistake happens. If one happens, everybody else makes up for it and then we’re going to be fine.”


It looks like rookie Mark Pysyk will be back in the lineup as well. He skated with Brayden McNabb during practice and the duo worked together on the team’s second power-play unit. There is some familiarity between the two as they were paired together in Rochester last year.

Pysyk was a healthy scratch on Thursday in Philadelphia and said he was able to see what adjustments he needs to make in his game by watching the action from up in the press box.

“For myself, I need to be a little more patient in the defensive zone and a lot more assertive, stronger on the puck,” he said.


Cody McCormick was absent from practice after missing the third period on Thursday with what the team called an upper-body injury. Nolan said after practice Saturday that McCormick will be out at least a week.

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With McCormick injured, the fourth line had a different look. Brian Flynn skated at center with Marcus Foligno on the left wing and Corey Tropp on the right. Nolan said he’s going to give Flynn an opportunity to play down the middle against Detroit.

“One thing you notice about him is that he’s a very intelligent player. He said he played eight games at center ice last year [with Rochester],” Nolan said. “With the fourth line position, we have to make sure we have reliable guys there to eat up some good minutes and give our top guys some rest. He seems like a very reliable young man.”


26 Matt Moulson – 19 Cody Hodgson – 21 Drew Stafford
63 Tyler Ennis – 23 Ville Leino – 9 Steve Ott
72 Luke Adam – 25 Mikhail Grigorenko – 28 Zemgus Girgensons
82 Marcus Foligno – 65 Brian Flynn – 78 Corey Tropp
32 John Scott

10 Christian Ehrhoff – 52 Alexander Sulzer
20 Henrik Tallinder – 57 Tyler Myers
44 Brayden McNabb – 3 Mark Pysyk
6 Mike Weber – 4 Jamie McBain

30 Ryan Miller
1 Jhonas Enroth

Power Play 1
Moulson – Hodgson – Ennis
Myers – Ehrhoff

Power Play 2
Stafford – Ott – Leino
Pysyk – McNabb

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