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Returnees shuffle Sabres' lines

The Sabres -- and your humble reporter -- have slogged through the downtown snow and wind to practice at HSBC Arena and it's quite a different look than recent workouts because Drew Stafford, Tim Connolly and Rob Niedermayer are all on lines and ostensibly going to play Wednesday against Boston. We'll have to get Lindy Ruff's confirmation of that after practice.

Luke Adam is gone, presumably back to Portland. I'm guessing Nathan Gerbe, goalless in 20 games, will be a scratch. Here is how the Sabres are skating:

Niedermayer-Roy-Vanek (seriously)

No change on defense, with Shoane Morrissonn (concussion) not on the ice and Craig Rivet as the extra on defense.

---Mike Harrington

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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