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Sabres' centers get attention with Canucks in Buffalo

By John Vogl

Cody Hodgson is not completely healthy. He's missed several practices, and the Sabres center skipped today's morning skate.

Still, he'll be in the lineup tonight when Buffalo hosts his former team, the Vancouver Canucks.

"He’s fine. He’ll be playing," said Sabres coach Ron Rolston, who conceded his top center is not 100 percent. "He is actually real close. I think we’re probably in the last week of it right now. He’s playing through some things, but he’ll be in the lineup."

A bigger eye should be kept on the Sabres' newest center, Marcus Foligno. He moved last game from left wing to the middle, and tonight he could be lined up against Canucks superstar center Henrik Sedin.

"We have faith that Marcus can handle those situations, and again it offers us a big centerman that can handle some of the bigger guys in the league, whether it’s the Sedins or [John] Tavares the other night, or you’ve got big guys like [Eric] Staal where you need that big body in there, big centerman. But we have confidence in him."

The Sabres' lineup will be:

Thomas Vanek-Hodgson-Steve Ott

Tyler Ennis-Foligno-Drew Stafford

Kevin Porter-Johan Larsson-Brian Flynn

John Scott-Mikhail Grigorenko-Cody McCormick

Henrik Tallinder-Tyler Myers

Christian Ehrhoff-Mark Pysyk

Mike Weber-Rasmus Ristolainen

Ryan Miller will start in goal. Jamie McBain will be scratched on defense, while Zemgus Girgensons will sit after taking a slap shot above his left eye last game.

"It’s actually gotten better," said Rolston, who added the forward could play Saturday against Colorado. "He’s got a little slit there that he can see out of, but he won’t be in there tonight. It’s come a long way over a short period of time."

Ron Rolston


Cody Hodgson | Marcus Foligno
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