Ruff: Hecht will be 'out weeks'

Updated: April 15, 2010, 5:20 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres have suffered a setback before even hitting the ice for the playoffs.

Coach Lindy Ruff announced Thursday morning after the pregame skate that forward Jochen Hecht had suffered a setback in his attempt to return from an injured left pinkie finger.

"He needed a procedure done; he'll be out weeks instead of days now," Ruff said.

The Sabres host the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of their playoff series at 7 p.m. ET Thursday.

Hecht scored 21 goals and 21 assists for the Sabres in 79 games this season, playing through the finger injury late in the season before taking the final three games off to try to heal. But Ruff said Hecht had suffered further damage after practicing the past two days.

"The playoffs are about losing people, and people stepping in and playing bigger roles," Ruff said. "Obviously, he's been an important part of our team for the year, and now somebody just has to step in and fill that void for us."

Rookie Tyler Ennis will taking Hecht's spot in the lineup. Ennis played the final nine games of the regular season and had two goals and six assists.

Pierre LeBrun is an NHL writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.