Found December 10, 2011 on Queen City Sports:

Buffalo, NY - Brayden McNabb is quickly becoming one of Buffalo’s better playing defensemen, and if it keeps up he may just earn himself a full-time roster spot when the team eventually returns to full health.

“I really think he’s getting better every game,” head coach Lindy Ruff said after Friday’s 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers.

McNabb has not put up any numbers on the score sheet during his first NHL stint, zero points in six games, but that does not mean he has not made an impact.

In his short time, McNabb has quickly become a fan favorite due to his physicality on the ice. In his first career game against the Washington Capitals, McNabb laid a big hit on Washington’s Jason Chimera that sent the crowd into a frenzy.  Then in his very next game, McNabb put a monstrous open-ice hit on the Islanders’ Frans Nielsen that left the Islander forward dazed and confused; He has 15 hits in six games.

McNabb’s best play however came last night on the Sabres first goal of the game. After losing his stick he had to kick the puck not once, but twice up to Tyler Ennis on the far wall to get the puck out of their defensive zone.  His effort to keep the puck out of the Buffalo zone led to the Sabres getting their breakout chance which ended with Derek Roy putting the puck past Florida goaltender Scott Clemmenson.

****************************************************************************************************** Quick Hits

  • Martin Biron will start in goal for the Rangers tonight. Since being traded in 2007, Biron is 8-3-1 with a 2.82 GAA and a .917 Save % against the Sabres. He also as two shutouts.

 

  •  Colin Stuart will be in the lineup tonight after being recalled from Rochester. He as 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists) in 24 games with the Americans this season.

 

  •  Corey Tropp and Jochen Hecht suffered injuries in last night’s win. After today’s morning skate, Lindy Ruff told the media that he doesn’t expect Hecht to be out too long, but Tropp could be a while.

 

  • Buffalo will get Ville Leino back tonight after he served his one-game suspension for his elbow on Matt Read against the Flyers on Wednesday night.


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