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by Kevin Snow / Buffalo Sabres



- Jason Pominville was held out of practice, but Ruff thinks he’ll be okay to play.
- In Pominville’s absence, Kassian skated on line with Vanek and Roy.
- Ryan Miller expected to start in goal tonight.
- Ville Leino took part in the morning skate.

Lindy Ruff (click to hear full audio)
Is Jason Pominville too sick to play tonight?
No, we held him off. I think he’ll be alright; we just kept him off the ice this morning.

Ville Leino skated with the team and looked good. Where is his progress?
It’s his first time out; he’s skated a couple of times on his own. We think that in his case, he should be able to progress pretty fast.

You have with Roy paired with Vanek. Do you hope that can get him going again?
I look at how many inside opportunities a player gets. It’s not whether someone else can get him going. You’ve gotta get yourself going. And that’s getting to the inside. Whether you’ve gotta get down on your knees, stick the puck in your teeth and crawl into the net. That’s how dirty you’ve gotta get when it isn’t going as good as you want it to go.

Roy was playing some of the best hockey of his career before he got hurt last year. Would you agree that it hasn’t come back for him?
Not yet it hasn’t completely come back. I think that’s been evident. He’s had some real good pockets of play, but overall he hasn’t been able to push through and make a difference.

What are your thoughts on the Oilers?
As a team they have some real good speed. Their young players can fly. It’s a team that’s gonna be real scary. You give it a year or two and they’re going to be a real scary crew to play against.

Do you put more emphasis on your start tonight knowing Edmonton is on a long road trip and they played last night in Chicago?
I think from their front, you need to play a clean start. For us it’s about having a little more energy and push past them. Get the puck in the right place and get them under a lot of stress.

- This is the first and only meeting between the Sabres and Oilers this season.
- Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Edmonton, 4-2, in Edmonton on Dec. 28, 2010.The Sabres are 5-4-1in their last 10 games vs. the Oilers; 3-4-3 at home.
- This is the 65th game all-time between Buffalo and Edmonton; Buffalo trails the series with a 20-34-10 record. Buffalo is 12-13-7 at
home against the Oilers all-time.
- The Sabres have won their last five games against the Oilers, outscoring them 22-7 during that span. Ryan Miller started all five of
those games and is a perfect 5-0-0 against the Oilers in his career with a 1.40 GAA.
- Edmonton’s last win against the Sabres came on Oct. 16, 2003. The Oilers haven’t won in Buffalo since March 4, 2002.
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