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Amerks update: Kaleta scores, Armia set to make debut

By John Vogl

Patrick Kaleta's first three games in Rochester have featured one goal and no penalty minutes, which is the ideal recipe for a return to the Sabres someday.

Buffalo sent Kaleta to the Amerks at the conclusion of his 10-game suspension to have him redefine his game. He scored short-handed Monday for the Amerks' only goal in a 2-1 shootout loss to Lake Erie. The eight-year NHL veteran has one goal, two points, a plus-1 rating and no penalty minutes in his first three games back in the AHL.

(Say what you will about Kaleta, but here's a fact. The Sabres' penalty kill was 93.3 percent with him. It is 75.5 percent without him.)

The Amerks return to action Wednesday, and they'll have a big addition. Joel Armia, the Sabres' first-round pick in 2011, is ready to debut after breaking his hand during training camp.

The Amerks lead the Western Conference North Division with a 5-3-4 record. They'll have a logjam starting Friday, though. Provided no one gets hurt Wednesday, Rochester will have seven veterans -- forwards Kevin Porter, Mike Zigomanis, Jamie Tardif, Drew Bagnall, Matt Ellis and Kaleta, plus defenseman Alexander Sulzer -- but can dress only five per game because of league rules.

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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.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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