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No Jochen

NEW YORK -- Minus Jochen Hecht, the Sabres are on the Chelsea Piers ice for practice -- a surreal scene as one side of the tiny rink is nearly floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on a yacht and the Hudson. Anyway,  Hecht is not with them as he has returned to Buffalo for further examination. We're expecting an update from Lindy Ruff after practice. So the lines currently look like this:

Vanek-Roy-Stafford
Paille-MacArthur-Pominville
Kotalik-Mair-Afinogenov
Kaleta-Ellis-Peters

Pretty big step up for Clarke MacArthur, who was nearly a healthy scratch for the opener until Tim Connolly went down. Now he's the No. 2 center.

RUFF UPDATE AFTER PRACTICE: Not much of an update at all. Hecht's injury is likely to be a multigame affair but he's still being examined.

---Mike Harrington

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