Patrick Kaleta, his broken left hand in a new red-wrapped cast, will play against the New York Islanders tonight in HSBC Arena. The right winger's status was in doubt after he left the Sabres' 4-2 victory over Boston on Thursday because he took a slap shot in the hand, which was originally fractured in late December.
"I took that slap shot right off the spot I’ve been milking for a little while here," Kaleta said after today's team meeting. "I’m going to play tonight, so we’ll see how it goes."
Kaleta dived to block a shot in the second period, and Steven Kampfer's point blast sailed directly at Kaleta's injured hand.
"It was pretty painful," he said. "I went to the doctors again this morning and got everything looked at and reassured that I can play again tonight."
Tim Connolly was limited to just 11:38 against the Bruins because of an undisclosed ailment, but coach Lindy Ruff said the center should be back to full strength tonight. The Islanders will be without franchise goaltender Rick DiPietro, who didn't make the trip because of the flu.
Defenseman Tyler Myers played a season-low 11:56 against Boston. He was benched for long stretches after allowing Gregory Campbell to get open in the slot and give the Bruins a 2-1 lead. For Ruff's comments on Myers, Marc-Andre Gragnani and the Islanders, click the audio file below.