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Sabres mix up lines, defense pairs and power-play units at morning skate

By John Vogl

The Sabres could have a very different look on the ice tonight when they host Winnipeg.

Based on the morning skate in First Niagara Center, it appears T.J. Brennan may replace Jordan Leopold on the blue line and Drew Stafford will play on the fourth line.

The lines:

Thomas Vanek-Cody Hodgson-Jason Pominville

Marcus Foligno-Tyler Ennis-Patrick Kaleta

Steve Ott-Jochen Hecht-Nathan Gerbe

John Scott-Cody McCormick-Drew Stafford

Extra: Mikhail Grigorenko

Defense pairs:

Robyn Regehr-Tyler Myers

Christian Ehrhoff-Alexander Sulzer

T.J. Brennan-Mike Weber

Jordan Leopold-Andrej Sekera

The power-play units:

Vanek-Ennis-Foligno, with Pominville and Brennan on the blue line.

Gerbe-Hodgson-Ott, with Myers and Ehrhoff.

The Sabres need to jump-start their power play against the struggling Jets penalty kill, hence the appearance of Brennan.


Drew Stafford | T.J. Brennan
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