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MANCARI, PAETSCH IN LINEUP

AFINOGENOV, TALLINDER SCRATCHED

Friday, 11.21.2008 / 2:23 PM / All News
By Erin Pollina  - Sabres.com
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MANCARI, PAETSCH IN LINEUP
Maxim Afinogenov (Photo: Bill Wippert)
Lindy Ruff made it clear that if players weren’t producing, they would have to take a seat on the bench.

The Sabres’ Head Coach held true to his word today, opting to scratch winger Maxim Afinogenov and defenseman Henrik Tallinder for tonight’s match-up against the Philadelphia Flyers.

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“I told the players we’re not going the easy route any more. Our grit guys that are playing gritty aren’t coming out,” Ruff said.

Taking their place in the lineup are Mark Mancari, who was recalled from the AHL Portland Pirates, and Nathan Paetsch, who has been a healthy scratch for the last seven games.

“It’s about how hard you’re playing and if you’re not playing well enough you’re going to have to come out,” Ruff said. “I’m not going to have an extra defenseman sitting there when we have lack of focus, or lack of determination in some situations. It’s tough.”

In particular, Ruff was unhappy with Tallinder’s giveaway in the first period of Buffalo’s 7-4 loss to the Bruins on Wednesday. The play led to a goal for Boston, tying the game at 1-1.

“The easy thing to do would be put him in again and say you have to play better tonight. But you take away ice time, you’re a healthy scratch and it hurts,” Ruff said. “Hank is a good guy but Hank’s not playing well enough to stay in the lineup.”

Afinogenov’s play away from the puck and overall production have been areas of concern. The winger has only one goal through 18 games this season and holds a minus-eight rating.

With Afinogenov out, Mancari looks to make an impression on the coaching staff in his first NHL game of the season. This is the first recall for the forward since a three-game stint in the 2006-07 season.

Likely playing alongside Paul Gaustad and Dan Paille, Ruff hopes that Mancari can give the Sabres’ the spark they need to find their way out of a three-game losing skid.

The 23 year old is second in the AHL with 25 points (11+14) in 14 games. He has six multi-point games this season, including a five-point (3+2) outing in Portland’s season opener on Oct. 11.

He has also been vital on the Pirates’ power play, a role that he may be in tonight against the Flyers with Ales Kotalik (hamstring) and Tim Connolly (chest) out of the lineup.

“It’s a weapon we will try to utilize,” Ruff said. “He’s a big body, he’s got a great shot…  he’s a guy that will go to the front of the net and hang tough. Overall there are different ways we can use him.

“Preparation is a big thing. If you’re prepared and the opportunity comes along, you need to take advantage of it. It’s a good situation.”

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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

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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