“Cody Hodgson took a little bit of a banging last game, so he probably won’t play tonight.”

Quote courtesy Sabres coach Ted Nolan, per the Buffalo News.

And while there may have been a better way to say that, it doesn’t change the fact that Ville Leino will replace Hodgson against the Senators.

Leino was a healthy scratch Tuesday at home versus Ottawa, a 2-1 shootout win for the Sabres.

“Certain players with a certain skill set, they have to play to that level,” Nolan said of Leino, who has just five assists in 18 games this season.