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Myers excited to step in for Sabres, wants team to raise its game

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Tyler Myers says the Sabres can win without him. Thing is, they really haven't, going just 6-9-4 since he broke his wrist Nov. 19.

Now that he's back, more is expected from the team and the defenseman, starting with tonight's game in Carolina.

"It’s a long process, but I’m very excited this game came," Myers said today in RBC Center. "It’s always frustrating when you’re not doing as well as you want to, but I’m not going to stand here and say they need me to win. I’m very happy to be back and help the team as much as I can, but they were doing just fine, but we know we have to be better.

"It’s not just one or two guys. It’s the whole team, and we need the whole team to have the success that we expect out of ourselves and the fans and everyone around us expects out of us. We’re going to come together as a group and figure it out."

Myers will replace T.J. Brennan in the Buffalo lineup. Cody McCormick will be the healthy scratch among the forwards. Ryan Miller will start in goal.

Myers practiced on the first power-play unit, skating on the point with Jordan Leopold while Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville and Drew Stafford worked up front. The second unit featured Brad Boyes, Jochen Hecht and Luke Adam, with Derek Roy and Marc-Andre Gragnani on the blue line.

"There will be a little rust there," coach Lindy Ruff said of Myers, "but I’d like to see him step in and continue from where he was in the previous couple games before he got hurt. He took a big step in the right direction, was on the offensive side of it, played physical, and we know what he brings to our team."

---John Vogl

Tyler Myers

Lindy Ruff

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