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TALLINDER IN, NUMMINEN OUT

Saturday, 02.21.2009 / 11:29 AM / News
By Erin Pollina  - Sabres.com
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TALLINDER IN, NUMMINEN OUT
Henrik Tallinder (Photo: Getty Images)
Henrik Tallinder will return the Buffalo Sabres defense corps tonight.

Teppo Numminen will be forced to sit out.

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After being sidelined for the last 12 games with a shoulder injury, Tallinder is now among eight healthy blueliners on the Sabres roster. His return meant tough decisions for Head Coach Lindy Ruff, who opted to bench a 39-year-old Numminen in favor of rookie Chris Butler.

“First and foremost, it’s about winning,” Ruff said. “We’ll address who we think our top six [defensemen] are and what we think is going to work. Right now we’re looking for more of a physical edge with Butler in the lineup and we’ll see how it goes.”

Butler was recalled from the AHL Portland Pirates in December to help fill the void left by injuries, but has made a case to stay in the NHL. The 22 year old has two assists and a plus-4 rating through 26 games this season.

Tallinder has six points (1+5) in 43 games for Buffalo this season and Ruff hopes he can provide relief for the Sabres' special teams that have allowed five power play goals on 11 chances in the last four games.

“He’s always a pretty big piece of our penalty killing and that part of our game has struggled as of late,” Ruff said. “We’re hoping hat his size, reach – probably his biggest asset - will help us in that area."

Along with Numminen, Nathan Paetsch will serve as a healthy scratch.

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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