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Lehner and Pysyk assigned to Rochester for conditioning stints

Robin Lehner and Mark Pysyk will be shuffling off to Rochester for a conditioning assignment as both players inch closer to returning from injuries.

Dan Bylsma made the announcement Tuesday morning after the Buffalo Sabres' morning skate prior to hosting the Florida Panthers in First Niagara Center.

"Robin Lehner will be assigned to Rochester for a conditioning stint starting this weekend," Bylsma said. "They play three in three and then again on next Wednesday. Robin will be going down tomorrow or the next day to get a few practices in and get a game situation in. Mark Pysyk will also be reassigned for a conditioning stint for the weekend."

The "three-in-three" refers to the Amerks games on Friday (home vs. Hershey), Saturday (at Binghamton) and Sunday (home vs. Syracuse). The Amerks then play in Albany on Wednesday.

Lehner has missed 38 games with a high sprain that suffered during the season opener. Pysyk has missed 21 games with a bone bruise.

As for Tuesday night's game, the Sabres face a Panthers team on a franchise-record nine-game winning streak.

Florida features Jaromir Jagr, the forward still going strong at age 43.

Bylsma has faced him as a player and a coach.

"I think if you go way back you see a skilled player, offensive guy," Bylsma said. "I don’t know back then, I don’t know if I would have called him a hard worker … but he is now and what he’s done over the course of three decades has been real impressive. He’s served me up some heartache along the way both as a player and coaching against him in Philly and Boston. He’s done some damage. He scored earlier in the year," against the Sabres "in the high glove in Florida. I’ve seen that one before.

"But I just remark at the hard work he brings to the rink every day now and I don’t know how old he is, but after the game tonight, we’re going to see him working out in the hallway. ... He's an extremely hard worker. He’s an example for pretty much everybody and he doesn’t look like he’s stopping."

Trying to stop Jagr and company will be Linus Ullmark. Tim Schaller, recalled from Rochester, will center a line with Marcus Foligno and David Legwand. While Bylsma said the rest of the lineup will be a game-time decision, he did say that Carlo Colaiacovo would be in the lineup after being a healthy scratch for the last 11 games.

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