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Sabres focus on scoring during practice -- with good reason

By John Vogl

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The messages being delivered by Ron Rolston during the Sabres' practice today center around bearing down on offense and scoring goals.

Here's why:

*Jochen Hecht has no goals in 20 games.

*Nathan Gerbe has no goals in 16 games.

*Marcus Foligno has no goals in 15 games and one in 20.

*Drew Stafford has one goal in 20 games.

*Jason Pominville has one goal in 10 games.

*Steve Ott has one goal in nine games.

*Tyler Ennis has one goal in seven games.

It's ugly, obviously.

The Sabres' lines in BB&T Center: Thomas Vanek-Cody Hogson-Pominville, Ott-Ennis-Gerbe, Hecht-Kevin Porter-Stafford, and Foligno-Grigorenko-Kaleta.

John Scott is skating as an extra, while the seven healthy defensemen and both goalies are on the ice. Injured blue-liner Jordan Leopold is working out away from the ice.

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John Vogl

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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.

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