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Hodgson could miss up to three weeks; Omark expected to play on Saturday

Friday, 12.20.2013 / 2:36 PM / News
By Chris Ryndak  - Sabres.com
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FRIDAY UPDATE
Forward Linus Omark, whom the Buffalo Sabres acquired from the Edmonton Oilers organization during Buffalo\u2019s 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Thursday, did not practice with the team Friday morning at First Niagara Center. He will, however, be in Buffalo\u2019s lineup Saturday night for their rematch against the Bruins. The team travels to Boston this afternoon and it looks like Omark will meet them there.\r\n
Linus Omark

Forward Linus Omark, whom the Buffalo Sabres acquired from the Edmonton Oilers organization during Buffalo’s 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Thursday, did not practice with the team Friday morning at First Niagara Center.

He will, however, be in Buffalo’s lineup Saturday night for their rematch against the Bruins. The team travels to Boston this afternoon and it looks like Omark will meet them there.

“I believe he’ll be waiting in Boston for us, either waiting or getting there soon after we arrive. We’ll see him today,” Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan said. “He’ll take a spot in the lineup. I’m not 100 percent sure exactly where we’ll put him yet, but he’ll play tomorrow night.”

Buffalo traded a conditional sixth-round pick to the Oilers for Omark, 26, who led the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League in scoring with 29 points (14+15) in 29 games. He was also the fourth-leading scoring in the AHL at the time of the trade.

Omark is a veteran of 66 NHL games who has totaled 30 points (8+22) over parts of three seasons.


Captain Steve Ott did not practice with the team nor did center Cody Hodgson, who sustained an upper-body injury Thursday night. Nolan declared it a maintenance day for Ott.

Hodgson will miss anywhere from one to three weeks after he blocked a shot in the first period. Nolan said that Hodgson has been placed on injured reserve.


With the two teams meeting again Saturday night, Sabres defenseman Mike Weber expects the Bruins to come out even harder on their home ice.

“I expect them probably to be a little upset about the loss, but we’ve always played them hard. It’s always been a hard-fought game so I’m not too worried about anything,” he said. “It’s always better when you’re into the game and people are hitting you and you’re hitting them back and you’re into the battles in front of the net. That’s the type of game I like anyways.”

Nolan said that a solid effort up and down the lineup will be key for Buffalo to have success. In their past two games, in which they’ve scored four goals each, the Sabres have been able to receive contributions from all four of their lines.

“The heavyweights of the League, you’re not going to go blow-for-blow with them and see how you do. If you do that, it’s not going to turn out very well,” Nolan said. “So what we want to do is have more of a balanced attack and use all four lines because they have some pretty big forwards and a big defense.”

Weber got into a bit of a scuffle with Bruins forward Milan Lucic on Thursday, but when Weber went to drop the gloves, Lucic didn’t follow suit. On the play, Weber received minor penalties for holding and roughing while Lucic got two for roughing.

“I always try to play hard against every guy I play against but when a big guy like that staring back at you, you always want to throw first,” Weber said. “He wasn’t allowed to fight so I got the extra one, but just to play hard, that’s my job, that’s my role.”


26 Matt Moulson – 63 Tyler Ennis – 28 Zemgus Girgensons
82 Marcus Foligno – 65 Brian Flynn – 27 Matt D’Agostini
23 Ville Leino – 21 Drew Stafford
12 Kevin Porter – 37 Matt Ellis

10 Christian Ehrhoff – 52 Alexander Sulzer
20 Henrik Tallinder – 57 Tyler Myers
6 Mike Weber – 4 Jamie McBain
32 John Scott – 5 Chad Ruhwedel

30 Ryan Miller
1 Jhonas Enroth

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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