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by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
Paul Gaustad will miss at least a week with an upper body injury, according to Head Coach Lindy Ruff.

The centerman was hurt in Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins during an altercation with Mike Rupp late in the game.

Ruff did not say who would replace Gaustad in the lineup, opting to make it a game-time decision. It’s possible that Matt Ellis could be reinstated at center, or Ruff could push defensemen Steve Montador, Andrej Sekera or even Nathan Paetsch up front in his absence - as he has done in the past when short-handed.

One area he will be missed is on the draw. Gaustad leads the team with a 59.5 faceoff percentage.

“Someone is going to have to pick up the slack,” Ruff said. “Derek Roy’s percentage in the last five, six games has gone way up so he’ll become a real key faceoff guy for us.”

The Sabres will dress an extra defenseman during warmups prior to Wednesday’s match-up with the Washington Capitals. Gametime is 7 p.m. at HSBC Arena.

To hear all of Ruff’s comments on the match-up, click here.
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