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McNabb back for Sabres, who are set to host Rangers; Buffalo agrees to loan Grigorenko to Russia

By John Vogl

Brayden McNabb's stay in Rochester was short but eventful. He's back in Buffalo this morning.

The Sabres sent the defenseman to the minors earlier this week so he could play for the Amerks on Wednesday. It went extremely well with McNabb scoring once and adding two assists with a plus-2 rating, more than enough to be named the First Star of Rochester's 6-1 win over Utica.

He's still not expected to be in the lineup tonight when the Sabres host the New York Rangers in First Niagara Center.

Sabres center Mikhail Grigorenko, meanwhile, will play for Russia in the world junior championships. The story was reported Wednesday, and the Sabres made the official announcement this morning.

Here are a few morning notes before the Rangers' only visit:

*The Sabres will try to get points in three straight games for the first time this season.

*Drew Stafford has seven points, including six goals, in his last six games against the Rangers.

*Ryan Miller is 8-3-4 in his last 16 games against the Rangers with a .938 save percentage and a goals-against average of 1.96.

*The Rangers and Sabres have been separated by one goal in nine of their last 16 meetings, including five that required overtime.

*The Rangers' power play is 4 for 13 (30.8 percent) in the last four games.

*Brad Richards and Ryan McDonagh enter tonight's game with a four-game point streak.

*The Rangers are tied for first in the Eastern Conference and third in the NHL with nine road wins this season


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