26 Thomas Vanek – 19 Cody Hodgson – 21 Drew Stafford
9 Steve Ott – 63 Tyler Ennis – 23 Ville Leino
28 Zemgus Girgensons – 25 Mikhail Grigorenko – 33 Joel Armia
32 John Scott – 22 Johan Larsson – 36 Patrick Kaleta
20 Henrik Tallinder – 57 Tyler Myers
10 Christian Ehrhoff – 3 Mark Pysyk
6 Mike Weber – 55 Rasmus Ristolainen
1 Jhonas Enroth
30 Ryan Miller
Lineup News & Notes
Despite carrying injuries into the summer months, Ville Leino (hip), Tyler Myers (leg), Alexander Sulzer (ACL) and
Corey Tropp (ACL/MCL) each came into camp healthy. However, Tropp left Sunday's game with what appears to be
another concussion. Cody McCormick (hand; day-to-day) and Marcus Foligno (shoulder; undisclosed) also picked up
knocks, while Zemgus Girgensons (hand) and Patrick Kaleta (undisclosed) were already day-to-day from Saturday
Buffalo trimmed their training camp roster to 29 players on Monday by assigning six players to Rochester/AHL: Matt
Hackett, Brayden McNabb, Chad Ruhwedel, Mike Zigomanis, Drew Bagnall and Matt Ellis.
According to the Stats
Buffalo went 4-1-1 in their last preseason schedule back in 2011. They also have won at least four preseason games in
seven of their last eight tries.
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
71 Nick Foligno – 19 Ryan Johansen – 18 R.J. Umberger
11 Matt Calvert – 42 Artem Ansimov – 43 Sean Collins
36 Jonathan Marchessault – 55 Mark Letestu – 5 Jack Skille
12 Ryan Craig – 39 Michael Chaput – 37 Dalton Smith
20 Tim Erixon – 21 James Wisniewski
29 Ilari Melart – 58 David Savard
44 Will Weber – 48 Cody Goloubef
30 Mike McKenna
35 Jeremy Smith
Lineup News & Notes
Cam Atkinson, Cody Bass (thumb; 4-6 weeks), Jared Boll (UBI; 1-2 weeks) and Derek MacKenzie (UBI; day-to-day)
each missed Columbus' practice on Tuesday. Their camp roster can be found HERE.
The Blue Jackets called three players up from the Springfield Falcons for this game: Sean Collins, Jonathan Marchessault and Dalton Smith, giving a strong indication that the club's veterans are going to be rested in time for Thursday's preseason finale against the Carolina Hurricanes at Nationwide Arena. Sergei Bobrovsky, who started the previous two exhibition contests for Columbus, gets the night off and will resume goaltending duties on Thursday.
@BuffaloSabres: Lines at #Sabres morning skate:Vanek-Hodgson-Stafford. Ott-Ennis-Leino. Girgensons-Grigorenko-Armia. Scott-Larsson-Kaleta. Adam-Porter-Flynn
I like moving Vanek back to the left wing.
I also like separating Myers from Ehrhoff. Myers has been running and gunning in the preseason. Let him do that without having to defer to another ultra-talented D partner. Use that talent on another pairing.
The item to watch will be the re-pairing on defense of Henrik Tallinder and Tyler Myers for the first time since Tallinder returned in a summer trade with New Jersey [...] It's the first time Tallinder and Myers have been reunited in camp, although Rolston said he was most looking to get Pysyk, who is clearly going to be in the opening night lineup, some time on the blueline with Ehrhoff.
Well, certainly catches my eye. It'll be interesting to see how Myers and Tallinder look, though from what i've heard Myers has looked really good so far. I doubt this is a "Tallinder continues to mentor myers" situation. Based on Rolston's comments, it looks like he wants to see how Pysyk and Ehrhoff look, and how Pysyk handles big minutes.
I think dropping Grigorenko to third line is a good idea. Ennis between Leino and Ott could make for a responsible second line that can hold on to the puck, and let Grigorenko lead a third line against possibly some easier competition. I think Grigorenko with Girgensons and Armia is intriguing, although I'd rather give Armia another go with Hodgson and Vanek and let Stafford and his experience backup Grigo and Girgs.
Larsson on a fourth line with Scott and Kaleta is a bit puzzling. Why not Ennis on the wing with Larsson and Ott centering a checking line? But I guess maybe RR wants to spread the tougher guys over the lines a bit. And besides, that's not really a fourth line since he can't put Scott on the ice without risking a fine.