'Buffalo forward Erik Rasmussen returned to the Sabres lineup Monday against Carolina after missing seven games because of a bruised left knee.'
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'Brown will be the temporary replacement for Kozlov.'
'About 2,500 tickets remain for tonight's game.'
'Two-thirds of the tendon was severed and 60 stitches were needed to repair the wound, the team said.'
'A preliminary report said two-third of Kozlov's tendon was severed and took approximately 60 stitches to close the wound.'
This was a week where the Sabres proclaimed that they were going to turn it around. After losing to the Toronto Maple Leafs last Saturday, the Sabres took their Christmas break and came back determined to turn their season around.
'"There was a trail of blood coming off the ice," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "We knew it was serious."'
'"He's played a good, sound game for us, and he's used his size down low to control play a lot of times. He's still trying to get comfortable with the guys he skates with, but he's played well."'
'Chris Gratton hasn't spoken with Sabres coach Lindy Ruff in weeks. In fact, the center couldn't remember the last time they had a conversation.'
'The problem was the Blue Jackets couldn't hold either lead for more than 86 seconds and they needed a third power- play goal they didn't get. The curse of losing four in a row and 10 of 12 barely abated.'