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Bogosian to make season debut in Florida tonight

Zach Bogosian will make his season debut for the Sabres when they visit the Florida Panthers tonight at BB&T Center.

Buffalo will dress seven defensemen and 11 forwards. Curtis Lazar will be scratched up front to make room for Bogosian in the lineup. Colin Miller will sit on defense.

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It will be Bogosian’s first game since March 23. The defenseman missed all of training camp as he recovered from offseason hip surgery. He skated on his own for roughly a month prior to joining the team for practice on Nov. 13.

“It’s been a long time. The team is here to support him,” Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said. “I think going with seven D helps Zach to know there’s support and he can find his rhythm. We’ll see how much he can handle, and we’ll take it a shift at a time.