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Omark gets the nod against his former team

By Amy Moritz

After being a scratch for the last three games Linus Omark will be back in the lineup tonight as the Sabres see if they can get a little extra something from the forward when he suits up against his former team.

The Sabres host the Edmonton Oilers at 7 tonight at First Niagara Center. Omark came to Buffalo on Dec. 21 in a trade with Edmonton. He had been playing well with the team's AHL franchise in Oklahoma City, but only appeared in one game with the Oilers before being dealt to Buffalo.

Since arriving in Buffalo in a Dec. 21 trade with Edmonton, he has been a scratch in eight of the last 10 games and has just two assists and seven shots in 11 games.

Are the Sabres looking to try and catch lightning in a bottle by putting Omark on a line with Tyler Ennis and Drew Stafford against his former team?

"Hopefully," interim coach Ted Nolan said after the team's morning skate. "After last game, desperate times make desperate decisions. We’ll see what transpires, put him out there and see what he does."

Desperate times include coming off a 7-1 loss to the Avalanche in Colorado on Saturday.

Also of note, Ville Leino will be out of the lineup as the still goal-less foward has not found a groove with the Sabres or Nolan.

Also sitting is defenseman Chad Ruhwedel, who has played well in his five games with the Sabres since his callup from the Rochester Americans on Jan. 24.

Nolan indicated that Ruhwedel's scratch had nothing to do with the quality of his play, but his answer to the question of why he was sitting was slightly mysterious.

"As I mentioned to Chad this morning, don’t read into any of it," Nolan said. "As I mentioned to players you just worry about your own play ... it has nothing to do with his lack of play. He’s played pretty well."

Jhonas Enroth will be in goal against Edmonton's Ilya Bryzgalov. To hear all of Nolan's comments after the morning skate check out the full audio:

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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.

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Mike Harrington

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

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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