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No Kaleta-Grier-Leopold on ice

PHILADELPHIA -- Patrick Kaleta and Mike Grier are both absent from the Sabres' morning skate and they would both appear to be out for Game Seven. Derek Roy, Mark Mancari and Jochen Hecht are among 12 forwards skating.

Andrej Sekera is also on the ice, meaning seven defensemen are taking the morning skate. My bad: Jordan Leopold did not take the skate either. His status remains uncertain.

The lines look like this


Without Jason Pominville and Tim Connolly, the power play units are thin. At least right now, Tyler Myers has taken turns playing on both units. 

The top unit was Stafford-Ennis-Vanek-Gragnani-Myers. The second unit was Gerbe-Roy-Boyes-Butler-Myers, with Mancari stepping in for Myers some.

---Mike Harrington


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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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