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Sore groin keeps Afinogenov out of Sabres practice

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Buffalo Sabres forward Maxim Afinogenov
missed practice Monday because of a sore groin, but is expected to
play in Buffalo's game at New Jersey on Tuesday.

Coach Lindy Ruff said Afinogenov was held out as a precaution,
giving him an extra day off while the Sabres are in the midst of
playing eight games in 16 days. Afinogenov ranks third on the team
and is tied for 18th in the NHL with 33 points (12 goals, 21
assists).

Defenseman Teppo Numminen is still considered day-to-day after
breaking his toe while blocking a shot in a 3-1 loss at Florida on
Thursday. Numminen did not play in a 3-2 shootout win at Montreal
on Saturday.

The Eastern Conference-leading Sabres (25-5-1-1) practiced at
home before wrapping up a five-game road swing against the Devils.