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by Chris Ryndak / Buffalo Sabres

Marcus Foligno missed the Buffalo Sabres’ last game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday due to an injury, but was a full participant in practice Friday with at First Niagara Center.

He said he’ll be ready to go Saturday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets when the two teams meet at 7 p.m.

“[It was] a reoccurring injury that just kind of got pinched in the game against Philly [on Tuesday] and it’s all better now,” he said. “The trainers looked after me and it’s something where you just needed to rest it and I’m looking forward to getting back at it tomorrow.”


Some other familiar faces rejoined the Buffalo Sabres for practice. Henrik Tallinder and Kevin Porter skated with the team.

Tallinder has missed six games with an upper-body injury. He sustained the injury on his first shift of the team’s game against the Washington Capitals on Dec. 29. He ended up playing 21:05 in the game.

“Because you’re so pumped with adrenaline, you don’t really feel it when you’re playing. It’s more a couple hours after the game when everything’s cooling down, that’s when you feel the injury,” he said.

Tallinder practiced with the team the morning they left for their next game in Winnipeg, but ended up not making the trip.

“We thought it was just a bone bruise and I couldn’t even hold my stick,” he said. “So we took a look at the x-ray again and they could spot a little crack in there.”

Tallinder said he won’t be ready for Buffalo’s home game Saturday against the Columbus Blue Jackets but hopes to play next week.


Porter and Cody McCormick skated in red non-contact jerseys. Nolan said they’re both still at least a week away from playing.

Porter has been out since Dec. 23 with a lower-body injury. McCormick last played 12 games ago, on Dec. 17.

Since Tallinder, Porter and McCormick are on injured reserve, the organization would need to make roster moves in order to activate them for game action with the Sabres.

Drew Stafford had missed four games with an upper-body injury, but played against Toronto. He was put on the top line with Matt Moulson and Tyler Ennis to start the game.


Zemgus Girgensons, who had been playing on the right wing with Ennis and Moulson skated with Ville Leino and Brian Flynn on the third line.

“Whatever line Girgensons plays with, I think you’re going to get the same effort. Whether he’s with Ennis or with Flynn or whoever’s he with, he’s going to do the same thing,” Nolan said. “With Drew, we just need a little bit more from him.”

When Matt D’Agostini went down with an upper-body injury, the coaching staff was forced to juggle the lines a bit. Nolan said D’Agostini will miss about a week.


Stafford finished the game with 19:46 of ice time and two shots on goal.

“It was good to get back in. It was a little tough we lost a forward right away, double-shifting a couple times and we were rolling three lines,” Stafford said. “I was kind of thrown right into the fire. They’re a pretty physical team so it was a pretty good test. I felt all right. Nice to have a day to recover and looking forward having a good one tomorrow.”

26 Matt Moulson – 63 Tyler Ennis – 21 Drew Stafford
9 Steve Ott – 19 Cody Hodgson – 23 Ville Leino
82 Marcus Foligno – 65 Brian Flynn – 28 Zemgus Girgensons
32 John Scott / 17 Linus Omark – 24 Zenon Konopka – 37 Matt Ellis
Red Non-Contact: 8 Cody McCormick – 12 Kevin Porter

10 Christian Ehrhoff – 3 Mark Pysyk
6 Mike Weber – 57 Tyler Myers
44 Brayden McNabb – 4 Jamie McBain
20 Henrik Tallinder – 52 Alexander Sulzer

30 Ryan Miller
1 Jhonas Enroth

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