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Sabres set to head to Long Island with healthy group

So what was the news from Sabres' practice today? For once, there really wasn't any.

The only people missing were the ones with long-term injuries that no one expected to see (Thomas Vanek and the concussion duo of Jochen Hecht and T.J. Brennan). Everyone else was skating, healthy and ready to head to Long Island this afternoon to play the Islanders on Saturday.

"We got them all back," coach Lindy Ruff said.

Center Tyler Ennnis returned after missing Thursday with the flu, while right wing Drew Stafford made it through his second straight day after missing Wednesday's game against the Rangers with an illness.

Call-up Zack Kassian remained with the team and is expected to make the trip.

"Right now the plan would be to take him with," Ruff said. "You never know what's going to pop with us."

That was the first of two one-liners issued by the coach. The other came at the end when someone asked if he watched the four-goal, eight-point show put on Thursday night by Edmonton's Sam Gagner.

"No, too much offense for me," Ruff said with a smile.

What isn't funny, though, is Gagner's one night alone would put him eighth on the Sabres in scoring. The four goals would tie him with Ville Leino, Nathan Gerbe, Tyler Myers, Hecht and Patrick Kaleta. Gagner would vault ahead of Brad Boyes and Ennis.

To hear Ruff's news conference, click the file below.

---John Vogl

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