BUFFALO, N.Y.-When the Sabres host the Detroit Red WIngs Sunday evening veteran defenseman Alexander Sulzer will be in the lineup. Sulzer was recalled from Rochester and skated with the Sabres Saturday morning at Riverside Rink.
In ten games with the Amerks Sulzer has two goals and five assists. Its his second call up of the season.
Head coach Ted Nolan and president of hockey operations Pat LaFontaine made the decision to call Sulzer up after watching him play for the Amerks Friday night. Nolan said Saturday after practice "He's a veteran guy and we've got a lot of young talent here. We need to make sure they mature at the right pace. This guy's a veteran guy that's been around for a while and he can have some stability back there for us."
The 29 year old Sulzer last played with the Sabres against Chicago last month. He has played 107 NHL games. He said after said practice Saturday I'm an older guy even if I don't want to admit it. I am now and he just wants me to be as calm as I usually play and just try to be solid. It's just when it gets scrambly a little bit that not everybody starts running around, that we just play in the zone like Teddy wants us to play and just don't freak out if one mistake happens. If one happens, everybody else makes up for it and then we're going to be fine."
Forward Cody McCormick injured Thursday against the Flyers did not practice Saturday. Nolan said McCormick will be out about a week. McCormick missed the third period against the Flyers with what the team called an upper body injury.
The Sabres host Detroit Sunday evening. Face off is scheduled for 5 o'clock. The Sabres opened the season with a 2-to-1 loss to the Red Wings in Detroit.