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Sabres turn to Foligno to solidify center spot; Neuvirth to start against Sharks

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Sabres are still looking to solidify their center position. It's Marcus Foligno's turn to see if he can do it.

Foligno will move from left wing to center this afternoon when the Sabres visit the San Jose Sharks. Cody Hodgson, after a couple of unimpressive showings in the middle, will move back to left wing.

"He seemed to adjust to that position a little bit last year and going into the world championships," coach Ted Nolan said in SAP Center. "He seems to flourish, and we’ll save his energy for the offensive zone, which he’s known for, and get Marcus to do the gut work down low."

Foligno, who played some center last season, is ready for the challenge.

"It’s different," he said. "When you’re on the wing you’re mostly on the wall, protecting your side of the ice. When you’re center you’re kind of all over. You’re protecting both sides and you’re up and down.

"It’s a lot of skating, but I think with my big body if I can pin guys in our D-zone we get the puck out faster. We’ve got guys like Cody Hodgson on the line who can scoot. Get him the puck on the wall and maybe he can get going. The transition game could be a little faster now, and that’s what we’re hoping."

Michal Neuvirth will make his third start of the season and second on the West Coast trip. He was in net for Wednesday's 4-1 loss to Anaheim and stopped 39 of 44 shots.

Neuvirth is 0-2 with a 4.00 goals-against average and .896 save percentage, while Jhonas Enroth is 1-5 with a 3.13 and .914.

"We’re going to balance it out right now," Nolan said. "Every game so far, we could never blame the goaltending. They’ve played well for us. Right now we’ll keep somewhat of a rotation going and pretty soon the No. 1 will spurt out."

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