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With Tim Connolly likely out, Derek Roy returns for Buffalo in Game 7

Apr 25, 2011, 2:28 AM EDT

Derek Roy AP

One of the lowlights in Game 6 between Buffalo and Philadelphia came when Flyers captain Mike Richards shoved Sabres forward Tim Connolly from behind putting him head first into the boards. Richards was given a two-minute minor for boarding and Connolly left the game with a head injury.

Given Connolly’s history with concussion problems, it’s hard to imagine that he’ll be in any shape to go in Game 7, especially with how teams are treating players with concussions. So what will the Sabres do to potentially fill Connolly’s shoes? They’ll call on a player they haven’t seen in months.

Derek Roy is set to make his return to the Sabres lineup for Game 7. For Roy it’ll mark his first game since late December when he went out of action with a injured quad. Roy was the Sabres leading point man last season and having him back in the lineup should give the Sabres offense a huge lift.

When it comes to Game 7s even the least healthy of players will try to find their way back in the lineup to help their team win. In Roy’s case, his comeback is a virtual necessity. With Connolly hurting and Jason Pominville out, those are two important players to their offensive production and they’ll need all they can get in Game 7 especially with Chris Pronger back for Philly.

Getting Roy out there with Tyler Ennis, Drew Stafford, and Thomas Vanek gives the Sabres more than a few viable options on the attack and with how this series is playing out, they’re going to need all they can get.

  1. flyerscup2010 - Apr 25, 2011 at 4:51 AM

    i wonder how healthy roy actually is, like if he’ll be able to log heavy minutes or if he’s gonna be playing sparingly like pronger. the sabres could definitely use him right now.

  2. ynotflyers - Apr 25, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    As a sports Fan I hate seeing guys get hurt, not only can it cause life threating results it changes the flow of the way a team plays….The Injury that was not intentional yesterday….(watch it, it wasn’t or he would not have gotten up …period) it will be a Battle Cry for a Buffalo Team that got away from itself and became a little to cocky…God Bless that American Born Mr. Miller because he himself beat up on the Flyers…There was some help, as usual in the case of the Flyers, by the Refs but Miller has been the reason their still around….I hope theres no major problem as far as the hit, and maybe the addition of Roy ready or not may help….Bottom line the Flyers have had to play short also and cryin’ foul means nothing on the scoreboard…

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