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KOTALIK EXPECTED TO MISS SEASON OPENER

Tuesday, 10.02.2007 / 9:21 AM / News
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KOTALIK EXPECTED TO MISS SEASON OPENER

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Sabres forward Ales Kotalik is expected to miss Buffalo's season opener against the New York Islanders on Friday because of a knee injury.

Coach Lindy Ruff said Monday that Kotalik is experiencing pain in his knee and has not been cleared to skate.

"It doesn't look good for playing in the opener or this opening weekend, but I wouldn't project past that of him missing any more games," Ruff said.

After hosting the Islanders on Friday, the two teams play again on Long Island the following day. The Sabres are then off until hosting Atlanta on Oct. 11.

A two-time 20-goal scorer, Kotalik was hurt during practice Thursday and missed the Sabres' final two preseason games. He had a goal and assist in three exhibition games last month and is coming off an average season in which he finished 10th on the team with 38 points (16 goals, 22 assists) in 66 games.

The Sabres are generally healthy entering the season, though defenceman Teppo Numminen is out indefinitely after having heart surgery last month.

Buffalo demoted three players Monday - including their 2005 first-round draft pick, forward Marek Zagrapan - to its AHL affiliate in Rochester. Zagrapan had a goal and an assist in six preseason games.

Also demoted were forward Mark Mancari and defenceman Michael Funk.

The moves leave the team with the NHL maximum 23-player roster.

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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