Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff will return to his normal spot behind the bench on Tuesday night against the New Jersey Devils.

Ruff had been watching his team from the press box since suffering three broken ribs during last Monday's practice. Assistant coach James Patrick guided the team to a 2-1-0 record during Ruff's absence.

On Tuesday morning, Ruff said that he'll wear a "flak jacket-type of design" to protect his midsection. Assistant coaches Patrick and Teppo Numminen will stay close to Ruff on the bench.

"I'm going to have to be careful," Ruff said. "I won't be jumping up on top of the bench. I've got to stay away from some quick movements. Even yelling, I've had some issues when I've even tried to cough. The tough part is maybe just to stay calm when otherwise you'd get pretty excited."

Ruff also said that defenseman Christian Ehrhoff may miss Tuesday's game due to an illness.