By John Vogl
OTTAWA -- The Sabres will be without their top-scoring center tonight.
Cody Hodgson will sit out the rematch against Ottawa in Canadian Tire Centre after getting hurt during Buffalo's 2-1 shootout victory Tuesday. Hodgson finished the game and had 19:46 of ice time, including the final shift of overtime.
Hodgson has eight goals and 10 assists in 31 games.
"Cody Hodgson took a little bit of a banging last game, so he’s probably out," said coach Ted Nolan, who added it will likely be only a one-game absence.
Ville Leino, scratched last game, will take Hodgson's spot in the lineup.
"Certain players with a certain skill set, they have to play to that level," Nolan said. "You can’t ask somebody at an A level to play at a B level. He has to use the skill set that he has. The last few games he’s played OK but not quite good enough."
Mike Weber will replace Brayden McNabb on defense, while Alexander Sulzer will miss his fourth straight game with an injury.
The goaltending matchup will be Buffalo's Ryan Miller (6-16 record, 2.95 goals-against average, .920 save percentage) against Ottawa's Craig Anderson (8-8-3, 3.40, .895.)