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VANEK AND KALETA QUESTIONABLE TONIGHT

Saturday, 03.10.2012 / 2:02 PM
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com / THE MORNING SKATE

LINEUP NEWS
- Thomas Vanek and Patrick Kaleta will be game-time decisions
- Ryan Miller expected to get the start in goal.
- Marcus Foligno has been recalled on an emergency basis from Rochester
- Ben Bishop will get the start in goal for Ottawa; Erik Karlsson is a game-time decision

WHAT THEY WERE SAYING
Lindy Ruff (listen to the full audio)
What are you expecting from the Senators tonight?
I think they’ve been playing good hockey. They just beat the Rangers. Obviously every point is as important for them as it is for us. They beat a good hockey team last time in this building, and we’re gonna have to be on our game.

What’s different about the Sens now as compared to the start of the season?
Spezza’s had a great year for them, and Michalek too. They had a great run, followed by a six or seven game losing streak – which seems to be normal for this league. When you look at it, you point to the young defenseman having a great year, along with a couple of their key forwards up front. They’ve had exceptional years.

Marcus Foligno has been on a lot of planes lately; what can you expect from him if he plays?
If he does play, I’d like to see him be the best Foligno out there.

TODAY’S GAME
SABRES at SENATORS
-This is the sixth and final meeting between the Sabres and Senators this season.
-Last meeting: Ottawa defeated Buffalo, 3-2 (SO), in Buffalo on Dec. 31.
-The Sabres are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Senators; 5-5-0 on the road.
-This is the 112th game all-time between Buffalo and Ottawa; Buffalo leads the series with a 55-40-16 record. Buffalo is 25-21-10 on the road against the Senators all-time.

STORYLINES
-The Sabres are 7-1-2 in their last 10 games, trailing only Pittsburgh and Dallas for most points among all NHL teams in their last 10 games.
-Buffalo enters tonight’s game two points out of a playoff spot after beginning the day on Feb. 17 in 14th place in the Eastern Conference and 10 points out.
-The Sabres are 9-5-4 against the Northeast Division this season, including a 2-1-2 record against the Senators.
-Tyler Ennis has eight points (3+5) in eight career games against Ottawa, including points in each of his last four (2+3) against the Senators.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Buffalo is 26-3-2 when allowing two or fewer goals and 22-4-3 when scoring three or more… The Sabres are 13-5-3 with Corey Tropp in the lineup… Thomas Vanek left Thursday’s game with an upper body injury… The Sabres are 9-1-3 when Ennis records a point this season and 36-9-7 when he tallies a point in his career.

HOMETOWN BOY
Derek Roy, an Ottawa native, is Buffalo’s leading scorer against the Senators with 36 points (14+22) in 44 games played. Roy has tallied five points (2+3) in five games against the Sens this year, and added the game-deciding goal in the shootout when the teams met on Nov. 5.



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