by Amy Moritz
The newest Buffalo Sabre wasn't with the team at Friday morning's practice, but he'll be in the lineup Saturday night.
Interim coach Ted Nolan said Linus Omark will join the team in Boston today and be in the lineup against the Bruins for the second half of the home-and-home series.
Omark was acquired last night in a trade with Edmonton which sent a conditional sixth-round pick to the Oilers in exchange for the Swedish forward who spent most of this season in the American Hockey League with Oklahoma City.
"He’ll take a spot in the lineup," Nolan said. "I’m not 100 percent sure where we’ll put him yet but he’ll play tomorrow night."
Cody Hodgson is out with an upper body injury after taking a blocked shot off his wrist in the Sabres 4-2 win over the Bruins Thursday. Nolan said he didn't know how long Hodgson would be out.
"I’m not too sure, maybe a week or two or three. I'm not sure," Nolan said.
The team remains without Cody McCormick, who is out for four to six weeks with an upper body injury.
Steve Ott did not practice but Nolan said it was a maintenance day for the captain.
While the Sabres are looking to build momentum off back-to-back wins, the task will be difficult in Boston as the Bruins remain one of the best teams in the NHL. Look for the Sabres to work on another balanced attack rather than trying to match the Bruins' lines.
"We’re not going to go in, you’re facing one of the heavyweights in the league," Nolan said. "You’re not going to go blow for blow with them and see how you do. If you do that, it’s not going to turn out very well. What we want to do is have more of a balanced attack and use all four lines. They have some pretty big forwards and they have big defense and if you try to go line-to-line matchup, it’s not going to work very well. We just want to make a balanced attack and whoever is out against whoever, you’ve just got to do your job."
For the rest of Nolan's post-practice comments, check out the audio: