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GAUSTAD OUT WITH UPPER BODY INJURY

Friday, 12.19.2008 / 1:36 PM / All News
By Erin Pollina  - Sabres.com
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GAUSTAD OUT WITH UPPER BODY INJURY
Paul Gaustad (Photo: Bill Wippert)
Paul Gaustad will miss tonight’s contest against the Los Angeles Kings due to an upper body injury, and will likely be out for Saturday’s match-up in Montreal as well.

The centerman missed practice Thursday. Head Coach Lindy Ruff did not give a definitive timetable for Gaustad’s return.

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In his place Matt Ellis was recalled from the AHL Portland Pirates for his second stint with the Sabres. Ellis previously played seven games for Buffalo with Gaustad recovering from surgery on his thumb.

The grinder will likely play on a line between Andrew Peters and Dan Paille tonight and is expected to spend some time on the penalty kill as well.

“He’s just a smart reliable player,” Ruff said. “He’s an extremely hard worker. When he was in the lineup we had a lot of success. He does all the little things as hard as anybody.”

Ellis returns to play his former team tonight in the Kings, where he spent the latter half of the 2007-08 season before being placed on waivers Oct. 1.

“I’ve been through the ups and the downs,” Ellis said. “It’s part of being a professional and part of being a guy that plays my style of hockey… it’s what is expected.”

Joining Ellis in Buffalo is defenseman Chris Butler who is set to make his NHL debut tonight.

The blueliner has 12 points (2+10) in 27 games in his rookie season for the Pirates. A native of St. Louis, Mo., Butler played college hockey with the University of Denver for three years before turning pro.

“He’s got real good mobility,” Ruff said. “He’s played really well down there [in Portland] and he’s been a good puck mover and played strong defensively. We’re looking for more of the same.”

Butler will play alongside veteran Teppo Numminen, leaving Nathan Paetsch as the odd man out tonight.

“We’ve had lots of guys that have come up and played well in their first game,” Ruff said. “You have to get through the nerves… and especially with defensemen, keep it simple. Make the easy play, make the easy read and don’t overplay the situations.”

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82