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SABRES RETURN TO ACTION HEALTHY

Tuesday, 02.25.2014 / 1:31 PM
By Chris Ryndak - Sabres.com (@chrisryndak) / THE MORNING SKATE
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SABRES RETURN TO ACTION HEALTHY

There’s only one game on the NHL schedule Tuesday night and it’s happening in Buffalo.

The Sabres take on the Carolina Hurricanes at 7 p.m. at First Niagara Center for a game that was originally supposed to be played on Jan. 7. However, a snowstorm in Buffalo caused the game to be postponed until Tuesday.

Both teams are coming off a two-week break because of the Olympic Winter Games, but some players have gotten more rest than others.

Ryan Miller, Jhonas Enroth and Henrik Tallinder returned from Sochi on Monday and while Enroth and Tallinder will receive the night off, Miller will start in goal for Buffalo.

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Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan is confident that Miller will be able to overcome the time zone change and play a solid game.

“I think the biggest thing is you’re a little bit foggy from the travel,” Nolan said after the team's morning skate. “So hopefully he’ll knock the fog out through the pregame skate today and be real good for us tonight.”


Several Sabres used the break to recover from various injuries and three players who missed the team’s last game in Ottawa on Feb. 6 will suit up against the Hurricanes.

Forwards Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick and defenseman Tyler Myers are all expected to play Tuesday night.

Moulson missed four games with an upper-body injury and will return to a line featuring center Tyler Ennis and right wing Drew Stafford.

“We’ve been having some good chemistry lately and I think adding Matty back in the fold will just improve things,” Ennis said. “I know we’ve had a long break and some time off, so hopefully we can get the rust off early.”

McCormick has been out since Dec. 18 with an upper-body injury. Tyler Myers sustained a lower-body injury on Feb. 3 but is also ready to go.

“We had a ton of injuries before so it’ll be nice to have all the guys around and a full squad,” center Cody Hodgson said. “It’s just also good that we had a couple good days of real good practice and come out ready.”

Zenon Konopka is expected to be Buffalo’s scratch at forward.


One day after being dismissed by Nolan from practice, John Scott will find himself in the lineup. With Tallinder not dressing for the game, Scott will be on the blue line, a spot he spent the majority of his career prior to coming to Buffalo. He said he’ll be paired with Jamie McBain.

On Monday, Nolan wasn’t satisfied with how Scott was performing in practice and sent him off the ice. Scott apologized to Nolan afterward and everything has been ironed out between the two.

“I was perfect with John Scott yesterday. Sometimes in this sport, you have those moments, but it’s forgotten right afterwards,” Nolan said. “He’s in tonight. It wasn’t so much I threw him off [the ice], he just banged his stick and I asked him to stay in [the dressing room] until he cooled down a little bit. So everything’s good.”

Scott said he understands his coach’s stance and what Nolan expects from each player.

“Obviously I wasn’t happy. No one likes getting sent off from practice but I was having a tough practice and maybe overreacted a little bit and got a little upset, but it happens and you move on,” Scott said. “…I know exactly where he’s coming from. He doesn’t want lackadaisical practices and I was terrible yesterday.

“I couldn’t make passes or anything and it was just one of those days where nothing was going right so I understand his decision. I totally get what he’s doing and I would’ve probably done the same thing.”


PROJECTED LINEUP

26 Matt Moulson – 63 Tyler Ennis – 21 Drew Stafford
9 Steve Ott – 19 Cody Hodgson – 27 Matt D’Agostini
23 Ville Leino – 28 Zemgus Girgensons – 65 Brian Flynn
82 Marcus Foligno – 8 Cody McCormick – 37 Matt Ellis

10 Christian Ehrhoff – 52 Alexander Sulzer
6 Mike Weber – 57 Tyler Myers
32 John Scott – 4 Jamie McBain

30 Ryan Miller
1 Jhonas Enroth

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