BUFFALO, NY - Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff missed Tuesday's practice at First Niagara Center after breaking three ribs in a Monday collision with defenseman Jordan Leopold.
Sabres general manager Darcy Regier says Ruff is day-to-day and is in a lot of pain. It is not yet known if Ruff will coach Wednesday's game against the Boston Bruins.
Assistant coach James Patrick ran practice on Tuesday and will assume the head coaching duties against Boston if Ruff can't coach. In that case, assistant coach Teppo Numminen will then move from the press box to the bench to help Patrick.
Ruff spoke with his assistants during a Tuesday morning conference call.