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SEKERA EXPECTED TO MISS WEEKS

Thursday, 12.29.2011 / 3:55 PM ET
By Kevin Snow - Sabres.com (@kwsnow) / BEYOND THE BOARDS
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WASHINGTON, DC --- Andrej Sekera was the only player missing today when Lindy Ruff put the Sabres through a 40-minute practice at a rink in suburban Virginia. And it looks like Sekera will be out of the lineup for a while after being injured in New Jersey on Wednesday.

The defenseman was knocked out of the game in the second period with an upper body injury when he was hit from behind along the boards by Eric Boulton. A two-minute roughing penalty was handed out to Boulton, but it looks like Sekera will missing for a matter of weeks.

“I didn’t really see the hit,” Sekera explained today. “I just kind of hit the boards and I was struggling from there … I saw him coming but I didn’t expect him to hit me that way. I was turning to the boards, going to pinch the puck. He came and smoked me, and that was the end of the story.”

Ruff said that Marc-Andre Gragnani will be inserted back in the lineup to replace Sekera, and doesn’t expect to make any recalls from Rochester.



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Nathan Gerbe skated today as the fourth member of a line that also included Luke Adam, Matt Ellis and Zack Kassian. Ruff thinks it’s only a matter of time before Gerbe is back in the lineup.

“Nathan is getting real close. He could possibly be an option for one of these two (weekend) games maybe.”

Tyler Ennis practiced in the non-contact red jersey today, and Ruff has been encouraged by his progress.

“Tyler looked pretty good today overall. Obviously in a little more of a limited sense. But I thought he really skated well.”



Ryan Miller has started seven straight games, and 10 of Buffalo’s last 11. But that streak may be coming to an end this weekend. Jhonas Enroth hasn’t started since a 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers on December 10, and Ruff says he is likely going to see some action against Washington or Ottawa.

“It’s a discussion we’ve had. I think we may go that route. We’re going to need Jhonas obviously. With four games in six nights, it’s been a fairly heavy load.”




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