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March 9, 2009

SABRES: Moore trying to find his niche with Buffalo

The bad news for Dominic Moore was he’d scored just once in 14 games prior to being dealt from Toronto to Buffalo.

The bad news for the Sabres is he hasn’t snapped from his skid since the team dealt a second-round pick for him.

Still pointless through two starts in blue and gold, Moore will get another chance to crack the scoresheet tonight, when the Sabres travel to Philadelphia for a critical contest against the fast Flyers.

Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff told reporters on Monday that he’s still not sure what to do with Moore, but that he believes the veteran center.

“We really haven’t created the line we’d like to create for him,” Ruff said. “He’s played with some different people.”

In his debut, Moore was paired with Derek Roy, who shifted to center. Soon into the contest, though, he was moved to an energy line with Patrick Kaleta.

“He understands that he’s going to have some different wingers at times and he’s be thrown in some different spots. He understands the system pretty good now,” Ruff said. “He was in on a couple of situations in Ottawa that were good offensive opportunities and he did a good job penalty killing for us. Special teams have been good, and we’d like him to be part of that.”

Moore — who had a career-high 41 points before being dealt to Buffalo — said he’s getting acclimated to a new style.

“I think I’m just trying to familiarize myself with new teammates and a new system,” Moore said. “There’s a lot of things that are similar. Hockey’s hockey, that’s first and foremost. There are subtle little things. Defensive zone coverage, neutral zone forechecking, those kinds of things that are slightly varied.”

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