Sabres RW Stafford likely out for Game 1

Buffalo right wing Drew Stafford still hasn’t been cleared for

full contact after sustaining a concussion four days ago, He likely

will miss the Sabres’ opening game of their Eastern Conference

quarterfinal series against the Boston Bruins on Thursday.

Stafford, who proclaimed himself headache-free, practiced with

the team Wednesday, but wore a non-contact yellow jersey.

“I want to make sure I’m 100 percent before I come back,” he

said.

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said center Tim Connolly (foot) “looks

like a go,” but forward Jochen Hecht ( upper-body injury) is

questionable for Game 1. Hecht, who missed the final three games of

the regular season, had his left pinkie wrapped when seen in the

locker room.