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November 21, 2007

SABRES: Connolly’s return could spark Afinogenov

The Buffalo Sabres got good news as Tim Connolly went through a full workout at HSBC Arena on Tuesday and should be ready for tonight’s game with the Ottawa Senators.

Connolly led all scorers with 12 points in 13 games before he was sidelined with a muscle injury. And while getting Connolly back is important, having him kick start slumping winger Maxim Afinogenov might be even more crucial to the team’s success.

Coach Lindy Ruff said Tuesday that he spoke again with Afinogenov, who has a team-worst minus-10.

“We’ve talked about his greatest asset, which is his speed. When he utilizes that and tries to get inside with his speed, the offense will come,” Ruff said. “With him possibly playing with Tim Connolly (tonight), I think that may help him, too.”

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