Sabres vs. Flyers: Game Seven Practice Update

Sabres Practice Update Update: Contrary to what was posted here before, Jordan Leopold did not skate this morning, making Andrej Sekera the sixth defenseman. There were conflicting reports and in my crazy person mental state I misunderstood the meaning of one. I'll now do fifty Hail Ricos as penance.

The Sabres practice this morning had a few new lines thanks to fresh faces and possible injuries. I should stress that this doesn't guarentee that anybody is or isn't playing tonight, but seeing as how I'm pacing back and forth at work developing an ulcer while waiting for this game to start, I figured you guys wouldn't mind a little extra info.

First the possible returnees: Derek Roy was skating, but not with Thomas Vanek as many people thought - he was centering Staford and Ennis; Roy has since confirmed that he is playing tonight. Jochen Hecht was also on the ice playing on the wing for Niedermayer and Vanek. Mark Mancari rejoined the active roster, having been reunited with former linemates Paul Gaustad and Nathan Gerbe, though neither Hecht nor Mancari would say 100% whether or not they were in tonight and neither would Lindy Ruff. Finally, Andrej Sekera was on the ice as the sixth defenseman.

Notable absences (other than Tim Connolly and Jason Pominville) included Mike Grier and Patrick Kaleta, and no word was given either yesterday or today as to their availability as Lindy Ruff merely joked that "I took Kaleta out for counseling." Most media covering the team is speculating (again, speculating) that they will both be out tonight. Jordan Leopold also did not skate, with Sekera recieving practice time as his replacement. Ruff said that Leopold would be a game-time decision. Here's how all four lines looked today, according to the Sabres Edge blog:

Gerbe-Gaustad-Mancari
Ennis-Roy-Stafford
Vanek-Niedermayer-Hecht
Ellis-McCormick-Boyes

Mike Harrington also noted that the power play units have been shuffled with the loss of #19 and 29, though Roy did practice with the second unit. Tyler Myers may actually play on both PP units tonight, though Mark Mancari was also given a little time on the point for the second unit, along with Butler.

Game Seven starts in 7.5 hours.

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