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Quiet skate for Sabres

EDMONTON -- A quiet morning skate for the Sabres at Rexall Place as it's an optional, as most of them are on the second day of back-to-back games. The Sabres are just 3-6-1 in the back end this year, which doesn't bode well for tonight's game against the Edmonton Oilers.

On the ice are Tim Connolly, Drew Stafford, Mike Grier, Paul Gaustad, Nathan Gerbe, Tyler Ennis, Luke Adam, Mike Weber, Chris Butler, Craig Rivet and Patrick Lalime. Lindy Ruff is not here as the assistant coaches are running the skaters through drills.

Ruff is scheduled to meet the media at 5 p.m. local time (7 p.m. in Buffalo) and that's when we should get definitive word on Tyler Myers' status for tonight.

The Oilers, meanwhile, are 0-2-1 in their last three games and 1-4-1 in their last six but this is the opener of a five-game homestand for them. Rookies Jordan Eberle (9-13-22) and Taylor Hall (11-10-21) are third and fourth, respectively, on the team in scoring. WJC alums from last year's Team Canada squad, I chatted with both of them and you can read it in Wednesday's Buffalo News (cheap plug alert).

Stay tuned later today for the word from Ruff.

---Mike Harrington


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John Vogl

John Vogl

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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