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With season over, Sabres send eight back to Amerks

While hockey is over for the Sabres, it will continue for eight of their players.

Buffalo has sent forwards Nick Baptiste, Alexander Nylander and Kevin Porter; defensemen Brendan Guhle, Casey Nelson and Matt Tennyson; and goaltenders Linus Ullmark and Adam Wilcox back to Rochester.

The Amerks have three regular-season games remaining (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) and have clinched a spot in the American Hockey League playoffs.

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Nelson played the most games with Buffalo, recording three goals and eight points in 37 games while skating 18:46 per night.

Baptiste recorded four goals and six points in 33 games while averaging 9:58.

"I think I've played good hockey," the winger said of his first extended NHL look. "Obviously, I'd like to produce a little more, but when you're in situations where you might be in limited minutes or there's guys that are out there that are veteran players in certain situations, you've got to just do the necessary things to stay up there.

"I've been using my speed to draw a couple penalties, be physical."

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Guhle, the Sabres' top defense prospect, had five assists in 18 games while skating 18:06. Tennyson had no points in 15 games, including one during his latest recall.

Nylander scored his first NHL goal Friday, his only point in three games. Porter was scratched throughout his three-game recall.

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Ullmark was set to handle the bulk of the goaltending duties down the stretch, but the birth of his first child and a concussion limited his appearances. He went 1-2 with a .935 save percentage and 2.00 goals-against average in five outings.

Wilcox made his NHL debut Saturday, replacing Chad Johnson after one period in Florida. Despite stopping all 14 shots he faced, the Panthers scored an empty-net goal to credit Wilcox with the loss in a 4-3 decision.

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