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With Sabres on bye, Guhle and Ullmark return to Amerks

The Sabres began their bye week Friday and made their stated intentions official by returning goaltender Linus Ullmark and defenseman Brendan Guhle to Rochester. There is no bye coming for the Amerks, who have three games in the next four days.

The stretch opens Friday night in Blue Cross Arena against Binghamton, moves to Syracuse on Saturday and returns home for a Monday matchup with Utica.

Ullmark made a career-high 44 saves for the Sabres in Thursday's 3-1 win over Columbus, his first victory at the NHL level since the 2015-16. Guhle got a two-game look with the Sabres and his assist on Kyle Okposo's goal Thursday night was his first NHL point.

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The Sabres are off until practice reconvenes on Wednesday and they play the New York Rangers in Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. Guhle's spot in the Buffalo lineup will likely be taken by Victor Antipin, who has been out since Dec. 19 with a combination of healthy scratches and a heavy bout with the flu.

Ullmark was up with the big club after Robin Lehner got drilled in the neck by a shot Sunday in Philadelphia. He's slated to represent the Amerks in the AHL All-Star Game Jan. 28-29 in Utica.

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The Amerks are 22-8-7 and sit one point behind Toronto in the battle for the North Division lead in the AHL. They are third overall in the league standings with 51 points, behind only Toronto (52) and Manitoba (55).

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