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by Kevin Snow / Buffalo Sabres

Tyler Myers will find himself in an unfamiliar setting tonight, as he will be a healthy scratch for the first time in his NHL career when the Sabres play the Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mike Weber will be inserted into the lineup to replace Myers.

The 21-year-old Myers has struggled as of late, posting just one assist and is a combined minus-five through Buffalo’s last five games. This is coming on the heels of his standout performance in last spring’s playoff series against Philadelphia when he posted six points and led all Sabres defensemen with 20 hits in the seven games.

Head Coach Lindy Ruff said that Myers needs to improve his decision making process, and Myers is the first to admit he’s capable of better.


“The way I’ve been playing the last three out of four, that’s not good enough for me. I have to be better. I know that, the coaches know that. Until I do, stuff like this is going to happen.

“It’s just one step. Get (mad), come out next game and start playing the game I know I can. To do that, playing a lot more physical will help my game.”

Myers missed just two games in his first two seasons when he was felled by the flu for a pair of games last December 27/28.

Online voting for the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game started today, and Myers is one of four Sabres on the ballot along with Ryan Miller, Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville.

Fans can access the interactive ballot by logging on to They can also vote via text message using any mobile device and wireless carrier or via a mobile ballot available available on iPhone, Android and other mobile devices. To vote via text message using any wireless carrier, fans should text their favorite player’s last name to the shortcode 81812.

Voting concludes Jan. 4, with the top six vote-getters by position - three forwards, two defensemen and goalie – set to take part in the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game on January 29 in Ottawa.
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