Happy Thanksgiving from HSBC Arena, where it's business as usual for the Sabres this morning with a practice to get set for Friday's showdown for 11th place in the East here against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Two quick news items: Ryan Miller and Patrick Lalime are manning the nets. No sign of Jhonas Enroth. Portland has three straight games this weekend and it appears Enroth has been sent back to the AHL. That means Miller must be healthy enough to start tomorrow night. We'll find out from Lindy Ruff after practice.
Derek Roy is on the ice but wearing a non-contact jersey and not doing much in drills so far. Just what a team in a scoring slump needs: An injury to its top scorer. Roy got drilled by a Tyler Myers shoot-in right on the elbow last night and Ruff said after the game Roy was also having vision problems. Roy said he was feeling ill (probably dizzy) and did not speak to the media after the game so we'll have to see what that's all about. Drew Stafford is taking a regular turn and thus might get back into the lineup if Roy can't go.
Craig Rivet continues to skate on the extra defense pair with Chris Butler so it looks like Mike Weber will stay in the lineup. Based on the way Weber played last night, no reason to take him out. The lines on the ice look this way:
Defense pairs remain: Sekera-Myers, Leopold-Montador and Weber-Morrisonn.