TORONTO -- Chris Butler and Mike Grier joined Jhonas Enroth on the ice today in the Air Canada Centre and no other Sabres came to the rink. Grier told me his injured groin is fine and he will definitely play tonight. Butler, who suffered an undetermined upper-body injury when he was checked Thursday in Boston, reported he was feeling better but didn't know his status for tonight.
The Sabres are very thin up front and it remains to be seen who among the trio of Jochen Hecht, Paul Gaustad and Drew Stafford will be able to play. Mark Parrish has been called up from Portland, giving Bufaflo 11 healthy forwards. That list includes Mark Mancari, so that means two of aforementioned trio of veterans will probably sit tonight.
"It's that time of year where everybody has bumps and bruises and gets nicked up," Grier said. "We're playing a lot of hockey and Lindy is doing his best to give guys rest when they need it. We're gonna have to have guys step up. It's an opportunity for some guys. It's easy to come and play because the games are exciting. It's not a time to be nervous. Step up, show the coaches you can get the job done."
Butler took a hit in the third period Thursday in Boston and said he did not feel good Friday, so that's why he was held off the ice.
"It was a little more sore than I was expecting yesterday but feels better today," Butler said. "I knew something wasn't right when I got hurt. But during the game, you've got a lot of adrenalin going and you don't know until the next minor. But it's nothing major so that's good."
It will be interesting to see if Butler gets the call. Normally, the current scratch (Mike Weber) would have done the off-ice workout in the morning with assistant coach James Patrick. Weber was not here today so I'm thinking Butler is out and Weber is back in. We'll see.