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Lindy on seven defensemen, playing Colorado

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said today that dressing seven defensemen, as the team did against Boston on Saturday, is an option for tomorrow's game against the Avalanche.

Against the Bruins, captain Craig Rivet skated just 6:47, while Nathan Gerbe was a healthy scratch. Even if Ruff sticks with the same defensive plan, that doesn't necessarily mean Gerbe will sit.

"I don't about that. We could alternate some of our younger forwards right now," the coach said.

Monday's game is the only one of the season against the Avalanche.

"They've got real good speed, real good energy with [Matt] Duchene and [Paul] Stastny and the likes of those guys. They've got a defense where a couple guys back there are very mobile, get involved. They may be as good as it comes when it you look at a five-man attack where defense are involved and how hard they play in the offensive zone."

Duchene leads the Avs with 39 points (15-24), while Stastny has 36 (15-21).

Ruff said his team got a much-needed victory in their last game away from HSBC Arena.

"To get the win in Edmonton on the road, we needed a road win. We hadn't been playing well on the road. We need to make a stand [and] we need to start now," he said.

---Jay Skurski


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