Mark Mancari was returned to Portland after Tuesday's game in Boston but he was back on the ice with the Sabres this morning as Drew Stafford will be out for tonight's game against San Jose. Mancari will again skate with Luke Adam and Jason Pominville on a line that was easily the Sabres' best in Beantown. Mancari assisted on Adam's first NHL goal.
"They did a very nice job," said coach Lindy Ruff. "They led our team in scoring chances. Down low, I thought they had more opportunities than any other line."
Ruff said Stafford remains day to day but acknowledged today that defenseman Shaone Morrisonn has been shut down because of "concussion-like symptoms." So he's going to be out at least another week or maybe even more.
The Sharks are in the final game of a five-game Eastern trip, are playing their third game in four nights and are on a back-to-back after last night's shootout win in Philadelphia. It would seem the Sabres will be emphasizing a quick start.
"What they're going to try to is make sure they don't allow us to get the upper hand," Ruff said. "I've referenced trying to play a 200-foot game. Well, they're going to try to get it deep on us. We're going to try to get it above their goal line and make them work. With them playing last night, it plays into our hands a little bit."
"It's to our advantage to come out here and skate as well as we can," added winger Mike Grier, a former Shark. "We're a pretty well-rested team. We play four lines so there's no excuse for us not to have the tempo up right away and make it difficult for them."