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Leino makes season debut vs. Ottawa

Mar 16, 2013, 3:23 PM EDT

Ville Leino, Ilya Bryzgalov AP

If things seem a bit more exciting for fans in Buffalo today, it’s because Ville Leino is back in the lineup for the first time this season.

Leino has been practicing more of late with the team after dealing with a hip ailment and it was thought he’d be making his season debut tomorrow. Instead, he gets the start alongside Tyler Ennis and Steve Ott this afternoon against Ottawa.

After the Sabres sent rookie Mikhail Grigorenko back to the QMJHL Quebec Remparts yesterday, it’s on Leino to step in and try to justify the monster contract the team signed him to two summers ago. Ideally, he should be able to help give them a second line that can score goals.

With the Sabres sitting seven points out of the eighth spot in the East, there’s time for them to get into the playoff race, but the wins have to start coming immediately.

  1. steiner444 - Mar 16, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    “If things seem a bit more exciting for fans in Buffalo today, it’s because Ville Leino is back in the lineup for the first time this season.”

    We’ve had parades all day and the mayor gave him the key to the city celebrating his 25-point season in 2011-12.

  2. thomasvanek - Mar 16, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    He is looking a bit better so far he has one assist and was very close to two

  3. DonkeyStick - Mar 16, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Once again, thank you Paul Holmgren for letting him go

  4. kgun80 - Mar 16, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    He sucks!

  5. billsin20xx - Mar 16, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    PHT – If you want to show a video of some real bad officiating put up a clip of Ennis getting literally tackled down (about 3 mins to go), the video shows the official staring at the play and not making a call. Juxtapose that with their OT call on the Sabre’s where Erhoff put a hand on the guys shoulder literally without effecting him at all that resulted in the winning goal. Worst officiating in a game that I have seen in a long time.
    And this is coming from a guy that hopes the Sabre’s don’t start any winning streaks at all the rest of this year, if it means getting rid of Regier!

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