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THE BOYES ARE BACK IN TOWN

Monday, 12.26.2011 / 12:32 PM
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com / THE MORNING SKATE
MORNING SKATE LINES
Vanek-Hecht-Pominville
Stafford-Roy-Boyes
McCormick-Gaustad-Kaleta
Ellis-Adam-Kassian

LINEUP NEWS
- Ryan Miller will start in goal tonight.
- Jochen Hecht and Brad Boyes will return from injury tonight
- Derek Whitmore has been returned to Rochester.

WHAT THEY WERE SAYING THIS MORNING:
Lindy Ruff (click to hear full audio)
How does it feel to have some healthy regulars return to the lineup?
Obviously up front we’ve been a bit thin, so getting (Boyes and Hecht) back should help us.

How did Thomas Vanek do at the morning skate?
Thomas made it through fine. I would anticipate that he’ll play.

How much of a boost is it to the team to start getting guys back in the lineup?
Definitely it’s gonna help, there’s no doubt. Jochen back in the middle should help us against other team’s top lines. Brad was going pretty good when he got hurt. I thought he was good on the power play. It should give us a couple of stronger lines.

Jochen Hecht (click to hear full audio)
Are you excited about returning to the lineup?
It was frustrating getting injured again. But on the other side, I was out there doing my job. If I’ve gotta block a shot, I block a shot. That happens. It’s not what I was looking for. But here we go again.

Do you feel like the team is starting to turn a corner on the injuries?
I hope so. It was pretty rough at one point in the year. But with Boysie coming back and Enzo skating again, hopefully we can turn this thing around and stay healthy for a while.


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