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ROY OUT AT LEAST A WEEK; LEINO RETURNS

Saturday, 01.07.2012 / 3:32 PM
By Chris Ryndak - Sabres.com (@chrisryndak) / THE MORNING SKATE
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ROY OUT AT LEAST A WEEK; LEINO RETURNS

Just when it seems like the Buffalo Sabres receive some good news on the injury front, bad news keeps knocking at their door.
 
While defenseman Tyler Myers returned to the lineup last night and forward Ville Leino set to make his comeback tonight against the Winnipeg Jets after missing the last 10 games with a lower body injury, Derek Roy will now be out of the lineup for what head coach Lindy Ruff is calling a period of time.
 
Roy left 6:19 into last night’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes with an upper body injury and did not return.
 
“Right now, initially, we don’t feel it’s too bad, but it’s going to be more than days,” Ruff said.
 
The Sabres are 13-2-3 this season when Roy records a point and he also logs significant minutes on special teams. Ruff said that Leino and Brad Boyes will each see time at the center position to help fill the void.
 
“By [Roy] being out, someone else is going to have to step in and play those big minutes,” said captain Jason Pominville. “I don’t know who it will be but everyone’s going to have to increase their energy.”



Pominville will reach a career milestone when he suits up for his 500th NHL game tonight. Roy and Thomas Vanek both reached the 500-game plateau earlier in the season. This will be the first time in franchise history that three players drafted and developed by the Sabres will play have reached 500 games with the team in the same season.
 
“It means a lot. I think earlier on in my career, not a lot of people probably would’ve said that I would’ve played 500,” Pominville said. “And to be able to do it with the same team, the same group of guys – great guys, guys that we’ve had a chance to grow up together basically and start having families and start having our separate lives – has been pretty cool.”



Ruff also confirmed that winger Zack Kassian and defenseman TJ Brennan have been returned to the team’s AHL affiliate in Rochester.

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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