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Sabres' Stafford ready to return, Omark to get chance against former team

By John Vogl

Coming off their most lopsided loss of the year, the Sabres will make a couple of lineup changes.

Forwards Drew Stafford and Linus Omark are in line to play Monday when Buffalo hosts Edmonton. Stafford has missed four games with an injury while Omark was a healthy scratch for the last three, including Saturday's 7-1 loss in Colorado.

Stafford had three goals and five points in four games before getting hurt Jan. 25 against Columbus.

"He looks like he’s ready to go, so hopefully he can resume where he left off," coach Ted Nolan told reporters today in First Niagara Center.

The Sabres acquired Omark from Edmonton for a conditional sixth-round draft pick in December. He hasn't found a home, putting up just two assists in 11 games. Nolan scratched the winger in six of the last eight games.

He practiced today on the top line with Stafford and center Tyler Ennis, but Nolan said that's not necessarily where he'll play.

"So far it hasn’t worked out too well, but maybe this time it will," Nolan said. "We want to see what everybody thought he was capable of doing when they drafted him and he came in this league. He’s a highly skilled player, but as we know skill can only get you so far.

"We want to see him play with a little more grit combined with that skill set."

Ville Leino and Marcus Foligno skated as extras during line work today, which puts them in line for possible benchings.


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