The Buffalo Sabres
will have frontman Paul Gaustad
back in the lineup Thursday night as they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning
at HSBC Arena.
Gaustad returns to play his first contest of the 2008-09 regular season after injuring his thumb in an exhibition game against the Minnesota Wild
, resulting in surgery to repair ligaments in the finger.
"I'm ready for the game," Gaustad said. "I've been preparing for it all summer and during the season I've been trying to stay as close to the team as I can; traveling, video, all of that."
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