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Benched Zadorov 'needs to get some perspective,' Sabres' Rolston says

By John Vogl

NEW YORK -- Sabres coach Ron Rolston doesn't want his players getting too comfortable, he said today, and as a result Nikita Zadorov will watch the game against the Rangers from the press box.

Zadorov will be the healthy scratch on defense tonight when the Sabres play in refurbished Madison Square Garden. The rookie is on a nine-game tryout, but Game Six will have to wait until at least Saturday.

"He needs to be better," Rolston said after the morning skate. "A lot of aspects, just a lot of his details right now, practice and game situations. He needs to get some perspective, you know? With all our players, especially our young guys, we don’t want guys getting comfortable."

With the exception of Mark Pysyk, Christian Ehrhoff and Tyler Myers, every defenseman has been scratched at least once. Fellow first-round pick Rasmus Ristolainen has taken a seat three times in the Sabres' 14 games.

"When Rasmus was out of the lineup, he came back in and played well," Rolston said. "He was refocused on what he needed to do and wasn’t taking things for granted. I think it’ll be the same with Nikita."

Ryan Miller will be in lineup as the starting goaltender.

Starting Saturday when the Sabres host Anaheim, it'll be time for forwards to worry. Corey Tropp will be ready to return from a broken jaw, and the 10-game suspension will be up for the Sabres' Patrick Kaleta.

"It should be push everybody because we’ve got some decisions to make coming up," Rolston said. "We’ve got players like Corey coming back and Patty Kaleta’s suspension is up on Saturday. Everybody should feel that."

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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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