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BTB BLOG: STAFFORD IN, AFINOGENOV DAY-TO-DAY

Friday, 01.04.2008 / 11:54 AM / Blogs - Beyond the Boards
By Brian Wheeler  - Sabres.com
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BTB BLOG: STAFFORD IN, AFINOGENOV DAY-TO-DAY
Beyond the Boards is written by the Buffalo Sabres Website Manager, Brian Wheeler. Joining the Sabres prior to the 2003-04 season, Wheeler is the main contact and content editor for Sabres.com. He has worked in the NHL, NFL, AHL and NLL over the past 11 years.  Click here to send him an email.

 
Drew Stafford (photo: Getty Images)
Jan 4, 2008, 11:57 AM EST

The Buffalo Sabres swapped one forward for another Friday morning.

After missing the previous three games, Drew Stafford will return to the Sabres lineup tonight against the Ottawa Senators.  Stafford suffered the concussion in the two teams previous meeting on Dec. 26.  

"I'm ready to go," said Stafford following the team's morning skate.

Stafford will need to get adjusted to a new pair of new linemates.  

Skating for the past weeks with Derek Roy and Thomas Vanek, the second-year pro replaced Maxim Afinogenov on Paul Gaustad's and Daniel Paille's line during practice on Thursday when the dynamic winger tweaked a groin muscle.

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Listen to Stafford's and Ruff's interviews from Friday morning.
Ruff Pre-Game 
Stafford Pre-Game 
The injury will hold Afinogenov out for the first time this season.

"Max won't play," said Ruff.  "Right now we've got him at day-to-day, but it looks like it could be a number of days before he plays.

"[Stafford] is back in the lineup."

After Afinogenov misses tonight, the number of Sabres that have played in all of Buffalo's 39 games will drop to eight:  Brian Campbell; Paul Gaustad; Jochen Hecht; Toni Lydman; Nathan Paetsch; Jason Pominville; Derek Roy; and Thomas Vanek.
 
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