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Tim Kennedy will be back in the lineup tonight as the Buffalo Sabres take on the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center.

The rookie missed the last two contests of Buffalo’s current road trip as a healthy scratch – marking the first time he has been benched this season.

Kennedy practiced alongside Adam Mair and Pat Kaleta in the morning skate, making Matt Ellis the odd-man out. Playing on the fourth line, Head Coach Lindy Ruff said he expects some energy from the center.

“I’m not looking for anything big, I’m just looking for something consistent,” Ruff said. “His game has kind of flat-lined. Young players go through that. It will be interesting [to see how he reacts].”

Kennedy said he agreed with the coaching staff’s assessment and acknowledged that his ‘play hasn’t been up to the standard’ that he wants. He was limited just 9:32 minutes of ice time in his last game against the New York Islanders before Ruff opted to scratch him the following game.

To hear Kennedy’s full interview, click here.

The rain has probably been the most consistent part of the Sabres road trip thus far. Since landing in Phoenix on Jan. 17, it has downpoured every day, in every city – including Los Angeles.

The local news reports have been filled with stories of mudslides and flash floods, with the Mayor of LA even issuing a live statement today warning the downtown area of the current storm.

So much for the warm California weather.

The best line of the day may have come from Andrej Sekera as he got on the team bus after practice, joking “I should have brought my Uggs.”

Jochen Hecht has officially been named to the German Team for the upcoming 2010 Winter Games.

The three-time Olympian has represented Germany in 1998, 2002 and 2006, but was not among the list of players selected when the initial rosters were announced.

Head Coach Uwe Krupp made the announcement Thursday night that Hecht was added to the squad. He joins five other members of the Sabres organization to make the trip to Vancouver in February. Defensemen Andrej Sekera [SVK], Henrik Tallinder [SWE], Toni Lydman [FIN], as well as goaltender Ryan Miller [USA], coach Ruff [CAN] and prospect Philip Gogulla [GER] will also participate in the event.

To hear Hecht’s full interview, click here.

Tonight’s contest will mark Jason Pominville’s 300th consecutive game. The winger currently holds the seventh longest active streak in the NHL. Pominville played in all 82 games in each of the last three seasons and hasn’t missed a game since being a healthy scratch on April 7, 2006 against Philadelphia.
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