Greetings from the early stages of the Sabres' morning skate. The warm-up drill featured the following lines:
Thomas Vanek-Brad Boyes-Drew Stafford
Tyler Ennis-Tim Connolly-Jason Pominville
Nathan Gerbe-Paul Gaustad-Mark Mancari
Rob Niedermayer-Cody McCormick-Mike Grier
All seven defensemen are present, as are goalies Ryan Miller and Jhonas Enroth.
Stafford's presence indicates he is likely to return from his hamstring strain tonight against Carolina. Jochen Hecht, who has an upper-body injury, is not on the ice.