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The look of the lines minus Roy

CALGARY -- It's still the morning skate out here and the Sabres have just taken the ice at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Minus Derek Roy, it looks like these are the lines that will face the Flames tonight at 9:

Ennis-Niedermayer-Vanek
Stafford-Hecht-Pominville
Gaustad-McCormick-Grier
Gerbe-Adam-Kaleta

Tim Connolly is on the ice skating with a full face shield and taking turns on the McCormick line. We'll wait for official confirmation after practice but GM Darcy Regier told me yesterday he didn't think Connolly would play on this trip.

Had a long chat following Flames practice with former Sabre Ales Kotalik, on the road back from knee surgery after suffering a double ligament tear in training camp. Kotalik has no points in nine games thus far as the Flames are mired in 14th place in the West with many of the same offensive troubles the Sabres have. Kotalik was sad to hear the news about Roy's injury.

"I feel for Roysie," he said. "He was having a great year, was becoming a leader for them. It's a big, big loss. He was an important player when I was there and has really become even more of an important guy for them."

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington) 

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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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.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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