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Ruff ruled out forward Jochen Hecht this weekend, while forward Mike Grier is doubtful. Hecht has been bothered by a nagging upper body injury that’s forced him to miss 10 of the past 14. Grier was limited in practice Friday and has missed the past two with a knee injury.

Center Derek Roy has spent this week skating on his own for the first time since having surgery in December to repair a torn left quadriceps tendon. Roy has expressed hope he could return late this month if the Sabres advance to the second round.