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March 16, 2012

Sekera nearing return, will force a Sabres defenseman to the bench

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BUFFALO —

“We’ll have to play the guys that are playing the best,” Ruff said. “If Sulzer is playing better than somebody, he’ll play. He’s put in a pretty solid stint with us so far. I think him and Christian have played well together. …

“Hopefully, we have to make a decision like that. That just means we’re healthy.”

Ruff added: “With (Sekera) and Myers back in, it’s different. We need those two guys back.”

Weber sat early this season before securing a lineup spot in early December. His plus-minus ranks 861st in the NHL, however. Only nine players are below him. Still, he’s played 42 straight contests.

On Jamie McGinn’s tying goal with 1.9 seconds left in regulation Wednesday, Weber pursued Gabriel Landeskog behind the net, leaving the front of the goal unprotected.

Ruff called the mistake a “tough play” following the game.

“Nothing I can do about it now,” said Weber, who admitted he should’ve stayed in front.

Weber believes he’s playing better than his rating indicates, though.

“It means something,” Weber said. “But a lot of those minuses you could be on the other side of the ice and have nothing to do with it and you’re still on the ice. … It’s one of those stats where you can’t really worry about. It’s one of those things that could change and be a huge swing.

“Obviously, I’m not happy about it. … This year, it just seems that those bounces aren’t going my way.”

Ruff added: “I think minus-20, it is what it is. It means you’re not on for enough goals for and you’re on for way too many against.”

Meanwhile, Sekera’s conditioning is “almost there.” He’s only been skating since Wednesday.

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