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Leopold in, Sabres call up Szczechura

The key points from Lindy Ruff's post-skate briefing with reporters: Jordan Leopold will return to the lineup tonight but Paul Gaustad will not and a forward will be coming from Rochester. Ruff would not say who (there are salary cap considerations involved) but I'm guessing it will again be Paul Szczechura, who has been pretty decent in his prior stints here.

(2 p.m. update: It IS Szczechura who is coming up from Rochester and he will be in the lineup tonight. Joe Finley was sent back down)

So Leopold, Cody McCormick and a callup are in, and Ville Leino is suspended. Nathan Gerbe (concussion) joins a injured list that includes Gaustad, Tyler Myers, Mike Weber, Brad Boyes, Patrick Kaleta.

Leino on his suspension: "I understand that hits on the head are big issues and you don't want to have concussions. I don't want to hurt people. I respect the game and people I play against. I think the one game is fair for everybody."

Ryan Miller will be in goal. Looks like backup Scott Clemmensen will go for Florida after Jose Theodore, who's been battling the flu, had a 40-save shutout last night in Boston.

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington) 

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John Vogl

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Mike Harrington

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