Sabres' Connolly ready to return Sunday after 13-game absence

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Sabres center Tim Connolly is ready to
return after missing 13 games with a hip injury.

Connolly said after practice Saturday that he expects to be in
the lineup Sunday when Buffalo hosts Florida. Diagnosed with bone
spurs in his hip, Connolly will have to play with pain and will
eventually require surgery.

The playmaking center has been in and out of the lineup all
season, and has five goals and 24 assists in 34 games.