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McNABB REPLACES SUSPENDED MYERS

Wednesday, 03.14.2012 / 11:32 AM
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com / THE MORNING SKATE

LINEUP NEWS
- Tyler Myers will serve the first game of his three-game suspension
- Brayden McNabb has been recalled on an emergency basis from Rochester.
- Ryan Miller is expected to get the start in goal.
- Andrej Sekera skated today; Ruff hopes to have him back by Saturday.

WHAT THE COACH SAID TODAY
Lindy Ruff (listen to the full audio)
Were you disappointed in the number of games Tyler got?
Yeah, I was surprised, disappointed. I felt that as a first-time offender it was a little harsh.

Is inconsistency the problem with some of these (suspensions)?
I agree. I think that is. One of our players can be basically in an identical situation, and there was nothing. There’s disappointment, but we’ve gotta get by that and get ready to win a game.

What are some of things Ron Rolston has told you about McNabb since he went back down?
He’s been a good defender; and on the offensive side he’s moved the puck well for them. Basically what we saw the first time here. His confidence level was getting fairly high with us, and I thought he played well. We’re looking forward to him stepping up and playing a big game for us.

Sekera was back on the ice today – how close is he to returning?
We’re hoping by the weekend. He’s feeling better. He couldn’t do a normal workout yesterday, and he’s down some weight. We’re just trying to get him back where we’ll get some fitness into him, try and get his weight back to where it needs to be. In the next couple of days push him ahead, and hopefully get him back by Saturday.

TONIGHT’S GAME
AVALANCHE at SABRES

- First and only meeting between the Sabres and Avalanche this season.
- Last meeting: Colorado defeated Buffalo, 4-3 (OT), in Colorado on Jan. 4, 2011.
- The Sabres are 4-3-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Avalanche; 5-3-2 at home.
- This is the 133rd game all-time between Buffalo and Colorado; the Sabres are 59-50-23 against the Avalanche (36-19-10 at home).

STORYLINES
- The Sabres (7-2-1) have 15 points in their last 10 games, trailing only Dallas (19), Pittsburgh (18) and St. Louis (17) for most points in their last 10 games.
- Buffalo has won five straight at home for the first time since closing last season with wins in their last five home games. The Sabres last won six consecutive home games from Jan. 17 to Feb. 15, 2007.
- Buffalo enters the day four points out of a playoff spot after beginning the day on Feb. 17 in 14th place in the Eastern Conference and 10 points out of eighth in the Eastern Conference.
- The Sabres are 10-6-0 against the Western Conference this season, including a 3-0-0 record against the Northwest Division. The Avalanche are 11-4-0 against the Eastern Conference, and 4-0-0 against the Northeast.
- The Sabres are looking for their first win against the Avalanche since Dec. 4, 2005 (6-4 win at Colorado).

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Marcus Foligno recorded his first career goal on Saturday at OTT and then followed that up with his first assist on Monday vs. MTL… Buffalo has played a league-high 13 overtime games at home… Jason Pominville ranks fourth in the league with 42 points (16+26) in 36 home games… Buffalo is 27-3-2 when allowing two or fewer goals and 24-4-3 when scoring three or more… The Sabres are 15-5-3 with Corey Tropp in the lineup.

ENNIS IS HEATING UP
Tyler Ennis has scored a goal in each of the Sabres’ last two games and has 11 points (6+5) in his last 14 games. The Sabres are 11-1-3 when Tyler Ennis records a point this season and 38-9-7 when he tallies a point in his career. With two goals on Monday vs. MTL, Ennis recorded his third career two-goal game.

MYERS MOVES UP THE CHARTS
With his overtime goal on Monday vs. MTL, Tyler Myers broke the Sabres’ franchise record for overtime goals by a defenseman, with three. In just his third NHL season, Myers has also tied Brian Campbell and Alexei Zhitnik for fifth-most game-winning goals by a defenseman, with seven.

KILLING IT
Buffalo has killed off 20 straight penalties entering tonight .The team hasn’t allowed a power play goal since Feb. 24 vs. BOS, with Buffalo’s goaltenders turning away 24 power play shots during that stretch.

IT’S MILLER TIME
Ryan Miller is 9-1-1 in his last 11 games with a .944 save percentage and a 1.78 goals against average, and 14-3-3 in his last 21 games with a 1.84 goals against average and a .939 save percentage.

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