The Sabres will take to the ice for the fifth regular season game tonight as they square off against the Columbus Blue Jackets. There was a lot of good news at practice/morning skate for the Sabres on the injury front. Here’s a breakdown.
Whatever lower body injury was ailing Ryan Miller seems to be healed as he took the practice easy and was the first netminder off the ice pointing to the notion that he will be between the pipes tonight. This will be Miller’s first game since a 1-0 loss at the hands of the Ottawa Senators, where Miller put on a goaltending clinic making 45 saves. Miller will be hoping to backstop the Sabres to their first win of the season, it’s got to come some time right?
Ah Mikhail Grigorenko, what are the Sabres going to do with him? He’s not quite ready for the NHL but can’t be sent to Rochester. It
is expected Grigorenko will join Alexander Sulzer and John Scott as the Sabres healthy scratches for tonight’s games. Hopefully a few games watching from atop will help Grigorenko learn what he needs to do. If work-ethic and compete level is not where it needs to be and as a result Rolston has decided to sit the youngster. Hopefully he can see what Girgensons and Larsson are doing and apply that to his own game.
Henrik Talinder was on the ice but was wearing a red no-contact jersey and will not be in the line-up as he still heals from an upper-body injury.
Another positive sign for the Sabres, Nikita Zadorov was on the ice this morning and while he wont play tonight there are strong rumblings he will suit up soon for the Sabres.