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First place for Amerks; Sabres next to reach top spot?

Some notes collected while sitting through Hour Two of the flight delay from Buffalo to Boston. Gotta love it ...

*The Sabres' prospects in Rochester have moved into first place in the AHL's Western Conference North Division following Friday's 3-1 victory over Binghamton. Zack Kassian had a goal and assist for the Amerks, and he leads the team with 12 points off six goals and six assists. Brayden McNabb and Derek Whitmore also scored, while Drew MacIntyre finished with 35 saves.

Paul Szczechura had two assists and has at least one point in all four games since his debut following an injury. He has a goal and five assists.

*The Sabres can join their affiliate in first place tonight in Boston. They pulled within one point of Northeast Division-leading Toronto with Friday's easy 5-1 victory over Ottawa. The Senators visit the Maple Leafs tonight.

*Matt Ellis scored for the first time since March 2010.

*Wayne Gretzky is considering participating in the Winter Classic Alumni game between the Rangers and Flyers, according to ESPN.com.

---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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