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Tallinder (shoulder) is ready to return

Oct 14, 2013, 1:58 PM EDT

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Henrik Tallinder #20 of the Buffalo Sabres skates with the puck against Brett Sutter #42 of the Carolina Hurricanes in a preseason game at First Niagara Center on September 19, 2013 in Buffalo, United States.
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The Buffalo Sabres will get a key reinforcement tonight as they look to end their season opening six-game losing streak.

Defenseman Henrik Tallinder is ready to be activated off of the injured reserve list, according to the team’s website. In order to free up a roster spot, it looks like either Rasmus Ristolainen or Alexander Sulzer will be sent to the minors.

Ristolainen is just 18 years old, but he’s eligible to play in the AHL because he’s coming from the Finnish league and not the Canadian major junior system.

Sabres coach Ron Rolston likes Ristolainen’s positioning, puckhandling, and shot, but he also noted that Ristolainen is still adjusting to the speed of the NHL.

Regardless of who gets sent down, it looks like Tallinder will be paired with Tyler Myers tonight. Tallinder has only participated in two contests this season due to the ailment.

Buffalo’s opponents tonight will be former captain Jason Pominville and the Minnesota Wild. The game will start at 7:30 p.m. ET and is on NBCSN.

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