Drew Stafford skated with the Sabres at practice today, but the forward won't be playing for them Thursday when the San Jose Sharks visit. Stafford still has upper-body soreness after absorbing a crushing check Friday.
"He’s better, but he’s a no-go," coach Lindy Ruff said in HSBC Arena. "We were hoping that maybe Staff would be good enough, but in the conversation I had with him he’s not ready yet."
The Sabres sent Mark Mancari back to Portland following Tuesday's loss to the Bruins, but either he or another forward will be back up to the NHL to face the Sharks.
Defenseman Shaone Morrisonn, who took a shot to the head Friday from Columbus' Jared Boll, was not at practice.
"Not feeling right," Ruff said. "It’s the aftereffects of that headshot he took from Boll, so we’ve had to shut him down a little bit.
"I’m not surprised. You know when you’re not feeling right, and you know when you’re feeling sick and it’s not right. You can try to get through it. He was trying to get through it and it wasn’t working out."
Center Tim Connolly will miss his seventh straight game Thursday with a groin injury.
"He’s getting closer," Ruff said. "We’re at the stage now where we really have to ramp up the work after practice. We’ve got to get into the battle stuff with him now. We’re not going to go down that road of not getting in any good practices before we play. We’ve done that before. He will take the wrath of the extra skate."