The Sabres are on the ice at Verizon Center in advance of Tuesday night's huge game against Washington for sole possession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Both the Caps and Sabres are tied with 84 points, but Washington holds the tiebreaker and is currently in eighth place due to its 36 non-shootout victories. The Sabres have only 30, but they can make the tiebreaker meaningless with a win here.
Judging from the line rushes early in the morning skate, Patrick Kaleta
(thumb) will return to the lineup and skate on the fourth line with Brad Boyes
and Cody McCormick
. Kaleta has missed the last three games.
(upper-body) has also been cleared to play, but he was skating as an extra forward.
The Sabres announced on their Twitter feed Tuesday morning that Travis Turnbull
was returned to Rochester of the American Hockey League.
is expected to make his ninth straight start. He has started 28 of the last 30 games, going 18-5-5 over the span since Jan. 19.
The Sabres have one of the hottest lines in the NHL going right now with Tyler Ennis
playing in between Drew Stafford
and Marcus Foligno
. The Sabres' new top line has 15 goals and 19 assists for 34 points in the last eight games.
Buffalo is 18-5-5 in its last 28 games. The Sabres made the playoffs last season after going 16-4-4 in their final 24 games.
Here are the Sabres' expected lines and defense pairings:
- Tyler Ennis
- Drew Stafford
- Derek Roy
- Jason Pominville
- Cody Hodgson
- Thomas Vanek
- Brad Boyes
- Patrick Kaleta
- Tyler Myers
- Robyn Regehr
- Alexander Sulzer
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