Sabres forward Drew Stafford, who has missed 11 of the past 12 games because of shoulder and upper-body injuries, is likely to sit again Tuesday when the Sabres visit the Boston Bruins. Stafford started practice today in HSBC Arena on his regular line with center Luke Adam and right wing Jason Pominville but couldn't complete the session because of soreness.
Stafford returned Friday against Columbus after a 10-game absence but was crunched against the boards by Jared Boll during the third period. The hit caused Stafford to miss Saturday's 1-0 shootout win in Ottawa.
"Again, he’s suffering a bit upper-body-wise from the hit, so I just decided to get him off the ice," coach Lindy Ruff said. "I’m going to say the likelihood right now is no [he won't play] with leaving during practice. He felt pretty good before practice but then after a few drills didn’t feel right.
"The first inclination would be to get a forward up here [from minor-league Portland] to play."
Defenseman Shaone Morrisonn, who left the Ottawa game because of the lingering effects of a head shot by Boll, returned and completed practice with only minor jaw soreness. Center Tim Connolly, who is out with a groin injury, had his most intense skating since suffering the injury Nov. 22. There is no timetable for his return
"It’s just a case of strengthening and getting to 100 percent before I can get out there," Connolly said. "It’s one of those things where you know it’s going to be anywhere from two to four weeks, give or take a few days here or there. You never know. You’ve got to play it day by day."