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Gaustad, Stafford sitting out Sabres practice

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Sabres have hit the ice for practice at the Ice Sports Forum without two forwards. Paul Gaustad is sitting out with a hip flexor injury suffered during the third period of Thursday's 3-0 victory over Florida. The center, walking with a limp, said he's just taking a day off.

Coach Lindy Ruff will update Stafford's status following the workout.

The injuries have forced Ruff to switch his forward lines for the skate. They are:

Thomas Vanek-Luke Adam-Jason Pominville

Tyler Ennis-Derek Roy-Brad Boyes

Nathan Gerbe-Ville Leino-Patrick Kaleta

Jochen Hecht-Matt Ellis-Cody McCormick

All seven defensemen and both goaltenders are on the ice.

---John Vogl

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