REGEHR AVOIDS FANNING THE FLAMES
Thursday, 11.3.2011 / 4:45 PM ET
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The 31-year-old Regehr joined the Sabres on June 25 along with Ales Kotalik and a 2012 second-round draft pick in a trade that saw Paul Byron and Chris Butler go west. Originally drafted 19th overall by Colorado in 1998, Regehr had 163 points (29+164) in 826 games with the Flames from 1999-2011.
“I’d love to beat any team. But especially when you’re playing a team that you’ve played with for a long time, the first time you play them you’ll want to beat them. Anytime we go out there, it doesn’t matter against who - we want to win the game. That’s the ultimate goal.”
At 6-foot-3 and 221 pounds Regehr was acquired to add some sandpaper to the Sabres blueline. He’s done that in spades so far, leading the Sabres in hits with 31 through 11 games. But he is also being counted on for his veteran presence, and that’s something the team could use right now as they try to rebound from a 1-3-0 start to their season-high five-game homestand that concludes Friday.
“We need to play a game a certain way, and we need to do it every single time we’re out there. If we do that, things will take care of themselves.”
Patrick Kaleta received a four-game suspension from the NHL today for his head-butt on Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek at 4:58 of the first period in Wednesday’s game. Kaleta will also forfeit $19,621.64 in salary. He is eligible to return to the Sabres lineup on November 12 in Boston.
The Flames are last in the Northwest Division – and 14th overall in the Western Conference – with a 4-5-1 record through 10 games. They open up a three-game road trip tonight in Detroit, and conclude Sunday in Denver against the Colorado Avalanche. Miikka Kiprusoff is 4-4-0 on the season with a 2.50 GAA and .913 save percentage. He played only two periods in his last start, surrendering five goals on 18 shots in a 5-1 loss to Vancouver. No Flames skater has reached double digits in points yet, with Alex Tanguay leading the way with nine points (2+7) in 10 games. Calgary captain Jarome Iginla has just four points (2+2) in 10 games.
Friday’s game is one of the 10 times this season the Sabres will come off a rest day against a team playing its second game in a row.