Jason Pominville was awaiting results from a neurological-psychological examination today before taking the next step toward recovering from a concussion. Craig Rivet had a full workout with the Sabres after aggravating a shoulder injury and Shaone Morrisonn joined him along the blue line while coming back from a groin injury.
The Sabres could have all three veterans back during a three-game road trip that starts tomorrow night in Philadelphia. None of the three is expected to be in the lineup against the Flyers but they could return when the Sabres play Atlanta and Dallas later in the week. Pominville was hoping to be cleared for contact while the other two are waiting to regain full strength.
"I've been skating pretty hard," Pominville said. "It's getting better and better. The tough part I've been able to gauge is that I haven't been able to do any battle drills with the guys. Obviously, it's a big part of the game and being in front of the net, trying to find those spots and being in competition with the guys. Once I'm able to do that, I'll know more about where I'm at."
The question will be which defenseman comes out when Rivet and/or Morrisonn are ready. Chris Butler has played well since being inserted into the lineup. Mike Weber played well in his season debut against the Devils. Andrej Sekera has played much better this year than last.
--- Bucky Gleason