Gameday: Sabres at Senators

DON BRENNAN, SUN MEDIA

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9 DEREK ROY C

Age: 25 Ht: 5-foot-9 Wt: 188 lbs.

2008-09 Stats: 69 GP 25 G 38 A 63 PTS 30 Pims

THE SKINNY: Ottawa native and second-round pick (32nd overall) of the Sabres in 2001 ... Leads the team in scoring ... Has nine goals, 14 assists and 18 PIMs in 29 career games vs. the Senators ... Has five points in five games against Ottawa this season ... Plays with Thomas Vanek and Drew Stafford on Buffalo's first line ... Had a goal and an assist in 4-3 shootout loss to Atlanta on Saturday ... Has four points in the team's last five games ... Working on a contract that pays him $4 million US a year until the end of the 2013 season.

BLACK AND BLUE REPORT

SABRES: G Ryan Miller (high ankle sprain), out indefinitely..

SENATORS: G Pascal Leclaire (ankle), out for season; D Jason Smith (knee), out indefinitely; D Alexandre Picard (knee), likely out for season; C Cody Bass (shoulder surgery), out for season.

NOTEWORTHY

Ottawa is 4-1-0 vs. the Sabres this season ... D Anton Volchenkov, who left Saturday's game in the second period with a lower body injury, missed yesterday's practice. Coach Cory Clouston said it was a "precautionary" move and expects Volchenkov to play tonight ... The Sabres blew a two-goal third-period lead and lost 4-3 in a shootout to Atlanta Saturday. It was their first loss in 30 games when leading after two ... G Patrick Lalime is now 3-4-2 since joining the Sabres ... Senators RW Daniel Alfredsson has 12 points (4G-8A) in 11 games since returning from a broken jaw ... Sabres LW Thomas Vanek has three points in the six games he's played since returning from a broken jaw ... First of a three-game homestand for the Senators.


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