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Lindy Ruff won’t be behind the bench tonight

Lindy Ruff

Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff blows the whistle to start a drill during NHL hockey practice in Buffalo, N.Y., Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011. The injury-riddled Sabres received a bit of a boost when goalie Ryan Miller returned to practice for the first time since sustaining a concussion/neck injury. (AP Photo/David Duprey)


Lindy Ruff’s broken ribs are going to keep him out of action tonight.

Sabres assistant coach James Patrick announced this morning that Ruff will not be behind the bench for Buffalo tonight as the Sabres take on the Boston Bruins.

Bill Hoppe of the Niagara Gazette reports that Patrick will handle the head coaching duties tonight while fellow assistants Kevyn Adams and Teppo Numminen will take care of the other jobs on the bench. Patrick will be handling line changes for the forwards while Adams will take care of the defense. Numminen joins the team on the bench after doing his work in the press box.

Ruff has been coaching the Sabres since 1997-1998 and hasn’t missed a game during his tenure until tonight. Hoppe reports that Ruff will at least be in the building for tonight’s game, just not on the bench barking orders at his players or complaints towards officials. Here’s to hoping that Ryan Miller can go without getting run over tonight so Ruff doesn’t blow a gasket and hurt himself anymore.