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Posted On Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 1:50 PM

By Joe Yerdon -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Coyotes at Sabres

BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres will have defenseman Zach Bogosian and forward Patrick Kaleta in the lineup when they face the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; FS-A, MSG-B, BELL TV).

Bogosian has missed six games since sustaining a lower-body injury March 11. Kaleta hasn't played since Feb. 10 because of a lower-body injury.

"They bring excitement, they bring passion and aggressiveness," Sabres coach Ted Nolan said.

Bogosian has four assists and has averaged 26:44 of ice time since he was acquired from the Winnipeg Jets on Feb. 11.

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Posted On Friday, 03.20.2015 / 6:48 PM

By Joe Yerdon -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Devils at Sabres

BUFFALO -- The New Jersey Devils will be without leading goal-scorer Mike Cammalleri when they face the Buffalo Sabres on Friday.

Cammalleri, who left the Devils' morning skate early because of an illness, did not participate in warm-ups. Martin Havlat skated in Cammalleri's place on a line with Travis Zajac and Jordin Tootoo.

Cammalleri's 25 goals lead the Devils. He is second with 36 points.

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Posted On Monday, 03.16.2015 / 12:31 PM

By Joe Yerdon -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Capitals at Sabres

BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres will be without two defensemen when they face the Washington Capitals on Monday (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN, SN1).

Zach Bogosian (lower body) and Andrej Meszaros (upper body) will not play Monday. Sabres coach Ted Nolan said each player could miss a few games.

"We're sending them to our doctors as we speak and get some further evaluation on both of them," Nolan said.

The Sabres will recall a defenseman from Rochester of the American Hockey League as the injuries leave them with five defensemen on the roster. Nolan said it likely would be Chad Ruhwedel.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.14.2015 / 1:27 PM

By Joe Yerdon -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Rangers at Sabres

BUFFALO – The Buffalo Sabres will be looking to build on their recent run of good starts Saturday against the New York Rangers.

The Sabres have scored first in nine of the past 10 games and have gone 3-6-1 over that span. The Sabres have the worst record in the NHL and know that if they're going to beat one of the League's best teams in the Rangers, they'll have to make better use of getting ahead in games.

"I think the biggest thing is just to kind of keep that lead," Sabres forward Marcus Foligno said. "We've been getting off to a one-or-two-goal start and we kind of sit back and let that other team come back at us. I think everyone is eager to play, they're eager to get going. Our starts have been pretty hot lately and I think now it's just something where we have to sit back and think about what we've been doing and we've got to keep attacking."

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Posted On Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 2:03 PM

By Joe Yerdon -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Canucks at Sabres

BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres will be without forwards Zemgus Girgensons and Tyler Ennis against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.

Girgensons was injured Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets when a shot from defenseman James Wisniewski went off the back of his foot. He was placed on injured reserve.

"Zemgus, I guess it's a good thing we will see him before the end of the season," Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. "It's bad, but not as bad as we thought."

Nolan would not disclose the nature of Ennis' injury, only saying he pulled something; he's considered day-to-day.

The Sabres recalled forwards Zac Dalpe and Philip Varone from Rochester of the American Hockey League on Thursday and they will play against Vancouver on the same line with recent Rochester call-up Johan Larsson.

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Posted On Sunday, 02.22.2015 / 1:10 PM

By Joe Yerdon -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Predators at Sabres

BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres will be without Josh Gorges for the remainder of the season.

Sabres coach Ted Nolan announced Gorges will have surgery to repair a lower body injury and will miss the final 23 games of the season.

“Josh is going to have surgery, we’ll miss him for the remainder of the season for sure,” Nolan said. “He should be back ready and able for training camp.”

Gorges played 46 games in his first season with the Sabres with six assists. He was tied for fourth in the NHL with 148 blocked shots with Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson. Gorges’ last appearance was Feb. 10 against the Ottawa Senators. He had no points and played 21:34.

Nolan also said Mike Weber will miss a minimum of two weeks with an upper body injury.

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Posted On Friday, 02.20.2015 / 6:05 PM

By Joe Yerdon -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Rangers at Sabres

BUFFALO -- The New York Rangers will give rookie goalie Mackenzie Skapski his first NHL start when they face the Buffalo Sabres on Friday.

Skapski's debut comes a night after the Rangers lost 5-4 in a shootout to the Vancouver Canucks.

"We've played a lot of hockey lately, including a back-to-back, and after talking to Benoit [Allaire] and [Jim Schoenfeld] and [Jeff Gorton], who know him well, they all said it was a good thing to give him a start," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "He's been playing really well in Hartford, and back-to-back it just felt like the right thing to do."


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Posted On Sunday, 02.15.2015 / 1:34 PM

By Joe Yerdon -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Flyers at Sabres

BUFFALO – The Philadelphia Flyers have points in eight consecutive games and will have two regulars returning to the lineup when they face the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday.

Forward Michael Raffl and defenseman Braydon Coburn will play against the Sabres. Raffl has been out since Jan. 20, a span of seven games, when he battled a case of pneumonia. Coburn has been out since Jan. 12 with a broken foot and missed 12 games.

"They're two big players for us and two good players," Flyers coach Craig Berube said. "It's good to get them back for sure."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.10.2015 / 1:20 PM

By Joe Yerdon -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Senators at Sabres

BUFFALO -- Bobby Ryan, the Ottawa Senators' leading scorer, will be a game-time decision Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres.

Ryan left the Senators' morning skate early and did not return. Ryan skated on a line with Mika Zibanejad and Clarke MacArthur.

"Cramped up," Senators coach Dave Cameron said. "He'll be a game-time decision. He just had a cramp and best to get off and be worked on so he'll be a game-time decision."

If Ryan can't play Jean-Gabriel Pageau would take his place at forward. Ryan has 14 goals and 37 points this season.

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Posted On Sunday, 02.08.2015 / 4:00 PM

By Joe Yerdon -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Islanders at Sabres

BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres will have forward Marcus Foligno back in the lineup on Sunday against the New York Islanders.

Foligno missed the past 19 games with a broken hand he sustained in a fight against the Boston Bruins on Dec. 21. The Sabres have gone 3-16-0 in his absence.

“Marcus is a big, powerful forward, and big guys got to do certain things, and he was just starting to do it with the best of them in the league,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said.

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