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Ice chips from a quiet morning skate

Around the notebook after a relatively quiet morning in HSBC Arena getting ready for the Sabres-Bruins game:

---Tyler Myers will be back in on defense after missing two games with the flu but Lindy Ruff would not commit to a scratch to make room for him, saying it would be a gametime decision. It's going to be Craig Rivet or Shaone Morrisonn joining Chris Butler and the injured Patrick Kaleta in the press box. 

"We have a certain number of minutes we'd like him to get," Ruff said of Myers. "But he may not be able to handle the number of minutes he's used to."

---The ice is going to be a factor in this game because there has been so much activity on the rink this week with the World Juniors. It was, frankly, in terrible shape this morning with several Sabres saying it was much worse than usual. This warm weather isn't helping.

"I hate to criticize it but with the weather being the way it is, there were some places on the ice where it was melting this morning," Ruff said. "You would hope that by game time they can get it in a little better shape than it is now."

---The Sabres are 1-1-1 against the Bruins this season. Boston is 11 points ahead of Buffalo in the Northeast Division and third in the Eastern Conference, holding a one-point lead over Montreal. The Habs moved 10 points ahead of the Sabres for eighth with last night's overtime win in Florida.

---It's going to be Tuukka Rask in goal for Boston tonight instead of Tim Thomas. The Sabres are 11-3-2 against backups this year, including a 3-2 win over Rask in his last start here Dec. 15. Buffalo is just 4-14-2 against starters and Tuesday's win in Edmonton over Nikolai Khabibulin was just its second of the year in regulation against an opposing No. 1 keeper (the other coming against San Jose's Antti Niemi).

---Mike Harrington

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