As expected the Sabres will scratch 19-year-old center Mikhail Grigorenko tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Rookie Johan Larsson a scratch Tuesday will pivot Zemgus Girgensons and Brian Flynn inside the First Niagara Center.

Grigorenko one of 17 pointless Sabres hasn’t showcased the competitiveness coach Ron Rolston wants to see.

“He’s got to continue consistency of his compete and his details away from the puck and then offensively some confidence there” said Rolston whose 0-3-1 Sabres have just four goals.

Larsson has seen limited ice during two appearances – just 6:55 and 9:09 – but feels he “played pretty good.”

“It’s the small details away from the puck and positioning and everything like that” Larsson said. “But it’s coming more and more and more I think.”

Meanwhile defenseman Henrik Tallinder (upper body) skated with his teammates this morning in a non-contact role. The Swede will miss his third straight game tonight.

Tallinder said an Ottawa player hit him “right into the boards” Friday.

“It didn’t feel good” he said. “I felt it right away.”