Sabres' Stafford likely out vs. Bruins

Updated: April 14, 2010, 6:53 PM ET
Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Buffalo Sabres right wing Drew Stafford likely will miss the opening game of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series Thursday against the Boston Bruins.

Stafford still hasn't been cleared for full contact after sustaining a concussion four days ago. He proclaimed himself headache-free and practiced with the team Wednesday, but wore a non-contact yellow jersey.

"I want to make sure I'm 100 percent before I come back," he said.

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said center Tim Connolly (foot) "looks like a go," but forward Jochen Hecht (upper-body injury) is questionable for Game 1.

Hecht, who missed the final three games of the regular season, had his left pinkie wrapped when seen in the locker room.


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