With Tim Connolly
now sidelined following a hit by Mike Richards
, the Buffalo Sabres
are going to need some reinforcements.
Enter Derek Roy
Sabres coach Lindy Ruff
said Roy will take Connolly's spot on Tuesday, when the Philadelphia Flyers
will host the Sabres in Game 7 of this Eastern Conference Quarterfinal.
Roy, also a center, had 10 goals and 35 points in 35 games for Buffalo this season but has not played since tearing a quad tendon in December, an injury that required surgery to fix.
"He's going to be ready," said Ruff. "We'll get him ready."
As for the rest of his shorthanded team, the Sabres coach said the key task for Game 7 in Philadelphia will be getting his best players to deliver top performances.
"This team's got a lot of battle, incredible battle," he said. "This team is going to battle 'til the bitter end. We're going in there, we know we've won two games in that building. We're going in for a win."