TAMPA, Fla. -- The Sabres have called up Mikhail Grigorenko, Tim Schaller and Jerry D'Amigo from Rochester for tonight's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning and will have 13 forwards on hand. One is clearly insurance for Tyler Ennis, who told me yesterday he's good to go after suffering a groin injury last Tuesday in Columbus.
Buffalo's morning skate opens at 11:30 and its roster now looks like this:
Goalies: Anders Lindback and Chad Johnson (starter to be determined at skate)
Defense: Mike Weber, Tyson Strachan, Andrej Meszaros, Zach Bogosian, Nikita Zadorov, Rasmus Ristolainen, Andre Benoit.
Forwards: Brian Gionta, Cody Hodgson, Zac Dalpe, Johan Larsson, Matt Moulson, Matt Ellis, Nicolas Deslauriers, Tyler Ennis, Marcus Foligno, Phil Varone, Mikhail Grigorenko, Tim Schaller, Jerry D'Amigo.
Grigorenko has one goal and one assist in 12 games over three previous callups this season and could be last-chance mode for his Buffalo career with his entry-level contract expiring and the Sabres possibly using him as a trade asset in the offseason. Schaller is Rochester's leading goal scorer this season with 15 and has one in six games with the Sabres; it was his first NHL tally and it came Dec. 21 in Boston with his parents on hand to watch the former Providence College player.
This is the first Buffalo callup for D'Amigo, the former Toronto prospect acquired from Columbus for Luke Adam. He had six goals and 13 assists in 31 games for the Amerks this season. The Binghamton native had one goal and two assists in 22 games for the Leafs during the 2013-14 season.
In the last three weeks, the Sabres have shed Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, Jhonas Enroth, Brian Flynn, Michal Neuvirth, Torrey Mitchell and Chris Stewart. They've also lost Zemgus Girgensons for an undetermined time to a foot injury.
Quick comparison for tonight: The Sabres' current roster features 66 goals and no goaltending wins for the team this season. The Lightning will dress a roster that has accounted for 188 goals and 35 goaltending wins.