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Buffalo Sabres Injury Updates

After a tough loss on Saturday the Buffalo Sabres returned to the ice for practice on Monday ahead of their next game on Tuesday night. There was some good news surrounding the injury front at practice and as usual some more bad news. Here’s a breakdown;

Fans can breathe a sigh of relief as Marcus Foligno was back in a yellow jersey for practice today. Since straining his shoulder Foligno

has been out of the Sabres line-up and practicing in a red, no-contact jersey but today he got the green light for contact. Foligno is feeling much better and should be back in the Sabres line-up for tomorrow night. He skated on a line with Mikhail Grigorenko and Drew Stafford this morning.

Ryan Miller who did not travel with the team on Saturday after suffering a lower body injury in the game on Friday, did not practice with the team this morning. Miller did come onto the ice by himself after the team finished practice. Miller was supposed to be fine for Tuesday night’s game and is reportedly “close”. The team will see how he feels after his own practice today but is hopeful he’ll be good to go.

In addition to Ryan Miller being absent from practice, Cody Hodgson was notably missing this morning as Thomas Vanek practiced with Tyler Ennis and Zemgus Girgensons on the top line. After practice Rolston put everyone at ease as today was just a maintenance day for Hodgson and he’ll be good to go for Tuesday.

Aside from the injury news, the Sabres had John Scott playing defence with Alexander Sulzer at practice. Scott worked as the 8th defenceman so Sulzer could have someone to practice with. Sulzer was called up after Henrik Tallinder went down with an injury in the loss to Ottawa.

Another line-up note; For his strong and reliable play to start off the season Zemgus Girgensons- mentioned above- took rushes on the top line alongside Thomas Vanek today. It will be interesting to see if Girgensons stays on the top line for Tuesday’s game or whether he’ll be returned to a third line role.

A side note, Matt Hackett will be heading to Rochester after being called up to back-up Jhonas Enroth and fill in for an injured Miller.

Tags: Buffalo Sabres Injuries Update

  • Craig C.

    Catlin, I know this is “old news” but I really can’t grasp why Drew Stafford is still on this team. What’s your take?

    • Timothy Redinger

      I think he is still on the team because Darcy can’t trade him and the Sabres refuse to buy him out.

      • Caitlin Campbell

        Yup pretty much. Darcy hasn’t been able to find a buyer/a new home for Staffor so the Sabres are stuck with him until they can. Honestly I’m not sure he’s a guy you buyout…

        • qwicwted

          Hey Cat, that I why I say we trade Vanek and Staff for Heatly and Granlund, Coyle or Mitchell – swap the two salary problems – Staff and Heatly with the real pieces being one of the other 3

          • Craig C.

            Thanks, everyone.

  • Brody M.

    What are the odds of Zemgus being left in the first line for the next game against the Lightning?

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I personally am hoping they are pretty good… at this point in time he has to be a better option than Stafford and Foligno needs a couple games before moving up. He’s been thier best rookie to start off the year and hopefully his play will rub off on Vanek and Hodgson