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Baptiste gets the call for injured Bailey as Sabres prep for road trip

Just before practice opened Wednesday in HarborCenter, the Sabres announced they have recalled winger Nicholas Baptiste from Rochester and after the workout coach Phil Housley revealed Justin Bailey is battling a lower-body injury.

Both players will be on the Sabres' upcoming road trip, which features games Thursday in Arizona and Saturday in Dallas.

"We thought we'd bring an extra forward," Housley said. "Bailey has a lower body injury and is day to day so we wanted to keep him off the ice with the possibility of him playing tomorrow. And we wanted to have somebody to come with us."

In eight games with Rochester, Baptiste is tied for the team lead with three goals and is third on the club with five points. He had a pair of goals in the final two minutes of the third period Friday as the Amerks came back to force overtime against Laval in a game they eventually won, 4-3.

Baptiste, 22, had three goals and an assist for the Sabres in 14 games last year, his first taste of the NHL. But he did not make much of an impact during training camp this year and was never really in the competition to make the roster as free-agent signee Seth Griffith earned the call.

Baptiste has 41 goals and 33 assists in the AHL the last three seasons. He had 25 goals and 16 assists for the Amerks last year.

The Sabres made no changes to their lines at practice Wednesday. Seth Griffith simply slipped into Bailey's spot, which could be occupied by Baptiste on Thursday. Justin Falk is expected to get his first game of the season on defense after missing the first 12 games with a lower-body injury.

The practice lineup Wednesday:


Falk-Antipin (Fedun extra)

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