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PK IS BACK ON THE PK

Thursday, 12.22.2011 / 3:09 PM ET
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com (@kwsnow) / THE MORNING SKATE
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THE MORNING SKATE
PK IS BACK ON THE PK

MORNING SKATE LINES

Vanek-Roy-Pominville
Stafford-Szczechura-Whitmore
Adam-Gaustad-Kaleta
McCormick-Ellis-Kassian

LINEUP NEWS
- Ryan Miller will start in goal tonight.
- Patrick Kaleta is back in the lineup tonight after missing 8 games with lower body injury
- All seven defensemen will dress for warm-ups; no decision on tonight’s scratches yet.

WHAT THEY WERE SAYING THIS MORNING:
Lindy Ruff (click to hear full audio)
What does it mean to have Kaleta back on special teams?
I think that leadoff pair of Gaustad and Kaleta killing penalties was very good. We’ve thrown some other guys in that situation, and we’ve worked hard with them. But at the same time, there are responsibilities when a player is out that you miss.

When did he start showing improvement in that role?
At the start of summer, we said this is the one area we want you involved with. His skating ability, his willingness to be in the lane and block shots; he’s taken a few that have hurt him. He really started to understand what other teams are trying to do, and he stays in the right lane and is aggressive when he needs to be.

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Ennis 78 20 26 -19 46
M. Moulson 77 13 28 -11 41
B. Gionta 69 13 22 -13 35
Z. Girgensons 61 15 15 -16 30
C. Stewart 61 11 14 -30 25
D. Stafford 50 9 15 -18 24
R. Ristolainen 78 8 12 -32 20
M. Foligno 57 8 12 -5 20
B. Flynn 54 5 12 -3 17
J. Larsson 39 6 10 0 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Enroth 13 21 2 .903 3.27
M. Neuvirth 6 17 3 .918 2.99