BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -Sabres center Dainius Zubrus is unlikely to play Saturday when Buffalo hosts the Ottawa Senators in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Zubrus, acquired from Washington in a trade-deadline deal in March, has been hampered by a lower body injury that limited him to just four minutes of ice time in Buffalo's 3-2 win in Game 4 on Wednesday.
Coach Lindy Ruff wouldn't say who will replace Zubrus in the lineup, but Drew Stafford and Nathan Paetsch are likely candidates.
Stafford has played in nine playoff games this postseason, registering four points. Paetsch has not appeared in a playoff game, but had 24 points in 63 regular-season games.
Ruff said on Thursday he would probably shift Ales Kotalik or Adam Mair to center while keeping intact the all-center line of Derek Roy, Chris Drury and Tim Connolly. The trio was effective in Buffalo's first win of the best-of-seven series.

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