In a somewhat surprising move, John Tortorella has decided to sit Matt Gilroy for tonight’s season opener vs. Buffalo in favor of Mike Sauer and Steve Eminger. Gilroy, who showed an improved defensive game during the preseason, will watch the game along with former Sabre Tim Kennedy and Todd White who were also scratched. The coach had this to say about his decision, “We just felt as a coaching staff Sauer had better camp (than Gilroy)…certainly not a negative on Gilly…it’s one game.”
In other news, Chris Drury, who is currently on injured reserve, skated with the team this morning. There is still no timetable for his return.
Marian Gaborik-Erik Christensen-Alexander Frolov
Brandon Dubinsky-Artem Anisimov-Ryan Callahan
Sean Avery-Derek Stepan-Ruslan Fedotenko
Derek Boogaard-Brian Boyle-Brandon Prust
Marc Staal-Michal Rozsival
Michael Del Zotto-Dan Girardi
Mike Sauer-Steve Eminger
Henrik Lundqvist will get the start in goal and will be opposed by Ryan Miller (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA).