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March 8, 2012

Sabres newcomer Hodgson lands in Buffalo briefly

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BUFFALO —

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Sabres goalie Ryan Miller will receive some rest soon following his 21st straight appearance and 10th consecutive start Wednesday, Ruff said.

With another game tonight and four in seven days, rookie backup Jhonas Enroth should receive a rare nod.

Ruff and Miller met Wednesday morning and “put a plan in place.”

“He’s going to need a game (off) here or there,” Ruff said. “The schedule’s been demanding. I think the fact that we took a couple days on the road trip where we didn’t put the equipment on (helps).

“Talking to him this morning, he felt a lot pressure. We got some back-to-back games that Jhonas will have to play. It’s going to be demanding on us.”

Enroth’s 1-9-2 in his last 12 decisions and hasn’t won since Nov. 26. He got pulled from his last start Feb. 16 in Philadelphia.

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Flu-like symptoms sidelined defenseman Andrej Sekera, so Alexander Sulzer, acquired in the Hodgson trade, played his second game. Sulzer skated beside Christian Ehrhoff again.

“(He’s) a good depth defenseman, mobile, a good puck mover,” Ruff said about Sulzer.

The Sabres also scratched forwards Jochen Hecht and Cody McCormick (concussions).

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Ruff, who broke three ribs last month during a scary practice collision, has been running sessions on the ice again.

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