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When goal scoring is like the weather

by Amy Moritz 

It's been a pair of losses, first 4-3 in the final seconds to Philadelphia then 4-3 in a shootout at Toronto. But the anemic Buffalo Sabres offense has at least found ways to score goals the last two games.

"The goals are like the weather -- sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad," interim coach Ted Nolan said. "But last couple games we’ve been having some breaks and some opportunities and we put them in a little bit better.

"It’s the same thing you do on a daily basis. You just keep throwing pucks and people at the net and setting screens and setting tips and getting in position to shoot the puck whether it’s hard, fast or quick. One of those three you usually have a good chance of putting it in."

The Sabres practiced for about an hour Friday morning preparing for Saturday night's home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. 

Back on the ice for the Sabres was Henrik Tallinder while Kevin Porter and Cody McCormick skated with the team in the red non-contact jersey. Matt D'Agostini, who was injured in the Toronto game, was not on the ice.

Nolan said that all those players are getting better but at least a week away from returning to game action. Marcus Foligno, who missed the Toronto game with an injury, returned to practice and will be ready for Saturday's game.

Drew Stafford was back. His game in Toronto was his first after missing four games with an upperbody injury.

"He did OK," Nolan said of Stafford's game against the Leafs. "Being out that long, you’re timing’s off but hopefully he’s better next game."

Listen to the audio of Nolan's comments after practice here:

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Amy Moritz

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Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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