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Montador on the ice, Kaleta on his line

We'll get the details from Lindy Ruff after practice but the Sabres are on the ice at HSBC Arena and Steve Montador is with them, albeit skating in a red (non-contact) jersey. That is probably a good sign however because Montador was scheduled for concussion testing Friday afternoon. Obviously, he would not be on the ice if he had failed that exam.

Montador has missed practice time and certainly won't play Sunday against the Islanders here. Tuesday's game in Montreal and Wednesday's home contest against Toronto are probably iffy as well. But the Sabres don't appear to be looking at a long-term absence from one of their steadiest players this season.

Patrick Kaleta is taking a regular turn at wing with Cody McCormick and Nathan Gerbe and appears ready to return to the lineup. Paul Byron is still here, probably as insurance, and is switching off at center with Tim Connolly. The lines are as follows:

Stafford-Connolly (Byron)-Ennis


Montador says he's aiming to be back in the lineup Tuesday night in Montreal after skating through the entire workout.

"We just took the right steps to make sure it wasn't anything serious," Montador said. "I think we did the right thing not to jump it too soon. I took the neuropsych test [Friday] and I aced it."

Ruff said Montador should be fully cleared for contact Monday. The coach added that Kaleta will likely play Sunday.

"He's an important piece of the puzzle for us," Ruff said. "He provides a lot of energy, creates some instability for the other team just becaue of how well he skates and forechecks."

 ---Mike Harrington


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John Vogl

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Mike Harrington

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