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Stafford misses practice, expected to play

The Sabres prepared for Saturday's game on Long Island with a brief practice in Northtown Arena in Amherst, and they did so without right wing Drew Stafford.

"Drew is just nursing a couple of ailments, and we figured we'd give him the morning off, but in all likelihood he should be good for tomorrow," coach Lindy Ruff said.

Right wing Patrick Kaleta, who wouldn't have played anyway because of his broken left hand, won't make the trip to Nassau Coliseum to see the Islanders. He was sent home from practice after coming down with the flu, and Ruff said it's unlikely Kaleta will travel with the team.

Audio of Ruff's news conference is below.

---John Vogl

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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.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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