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The game: Sabres need a quick turnaround

By Mike Harrington

TORONTO -- Amid all the Lindy chatter, there's a game here tonight too.

The Sabres are 6-10-1 and have lost two straight to fall into 13th place in the East and at least seven points behind everyone in the Northeast Division. The Leafs are 10-7-0 and coming off Tuesday's 4-2 loss at Tampa Bay.

The only change in the Buffalo lineup tonight will be the debut of newcomer Kevin Porter, called up from Rochester to replace the waived Cody McCormick.  He has 183 games of NHL experience with Colorado and was the Amerks' captain and leading scorer. The Sabres signed him to a two-year deal last July.

"The goal is to play in the NHL, so to get called up is a huge thrill," Porter said. "I’m really excited to play. ...  It’s been first class right from the day I signed. I had a good opportunity down there, and it gave me an opportunity here. I’m pretty excited about that."

McCormick cleared waivers today and will report to the Amerks in time to play in their special game tomorrow night in Montreal's Bell Centre against the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Mikhail Grigorenko will again sit as a healthy scratch. Interim coach Ron Rolston said Andrej Sekera (charley horse) is getting closer and Jordan Leopold is out with an upper-body injury.

Everyone here thought Leopold might be part of a trade soon -- and he still may be -- but I also remembered late in practice yesterday that Leopold took a shot off the left hand and was shaking it quite a bit, so there could be an injury too. Leopold did not skate today.

Leafs tough guy Colton Orr is out with a lower-body injury and will be replaced by David Steckel. Ryan Miller will be in goal against Ben Scrivens. Miller, remember, has great career numbers against Toronto: 28-14-1, 2.44 and .922. But his last game against them was a rare off night in the 4-3 overtime loss Jan. 29 in Buffalo.

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John Vogl

John Vogl

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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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.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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