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NOTEBOOK: PAILLE IN THE LINEUP

Friday, 10.16.2009 / 12:08 PM / All News
By Erin Pollina  - Sabres.com
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NOTEBOOK: PAILLE IN THE LINEUP
Photo: Bill Wippert
Dan Paille will fill in for an injured Thomas Vanek tonight as the Buffalo Sabres host the New York Islanders at HSBC Arena.

Vanek is day-to-day with an upper body injury after colliding with Detroit forward Brad May during Tuesday’s 6-2 win over the Red Wings.

The winger will take Vanek’s place alongside Drew Stafford and Derek Roy in his first start of the season after being a healthy scratch in the first four games of the year.

“I don’t want to mess with the other lines right now,” Head Coach Lindy Ruff said. “Obviously he’s got a great shot, is a great skater and he can dominate the physical game. It’s inside him to come out and put forth a great effort for us.”

Paille has also been able to score some goals in the past, netting 19 in the 2007-08 season, playing typically as a third or fourth line winger. He trailed off last year, scoring 12 goals and 27 points in 73 games, but believes he can make a difference in the lineup.

“I just want to bring a lot of energy to the game and keep the winning streak going,” he said. “It’s hard to replace Van, but I’ll do the best I can do.

“I see a lot of different guys playing different roles. We’ve got everybody playing tough for us and battling for each other. When we got that going for us, plus our skill and speed, we’re a pretty good hockey team. I just want to jump in.”



MULTIMEDIA

Lindy Ruff: Audio | Video
Dan Paille: Audio | Video
Game Preview: Video
Tonight’s lines are as follows:

FORWARDS
Paille – Roy – Stafford
MacArthur – Connolly – Pominville
Hecht – Kennedy – Grier
Kaleta – Ellis – Gaustad
DEFENSE
Butler – Rivet
Montador – Lydman
Tallinder – Myers







Andrej Sekera [rib], Nathan Paetsch and Adam Mair are scratches.



Islanders’ forward John Tavares will play his first NHL game in Buffalo tonight with some family in attendance.

The wingers’ uncle, also named John Tavares, and veteran with the National Lacrosse League’s Buffalo Bandits will be on hand to see his nephew.

Bandits’ Head Coach Darris Kilgour, defenseman Billy Dee Smith and forward Kyle Schmelzle will join Tavares tonight in the Labatt Blue Zone, located in the East wing of the 100 level pavilion, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.



The Islanders’ netminders should look familiar to Buffalo fans. Both Dwayne Roloson (1998-2000) and Martin Biron (1995-2006) played in goal for the Sabres.

Roloson will get the start tonight.

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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