The Sabres defense held up pretty well over the two games in Florida and the team will get a big addition -- literally -- for Wednesday's game against Montreal as Tyler Myers returns off his three-game NHL suspension for drilling Habs forward Scott Gomez last week.
Myers was among a handful of players who took the ice for a brief skate this afternoon in First Niagara Center as the players came to the building for a quick meeting, commonplace late in the season when rest is more important than practice. He's been skating with the team for the last week and said he's plenty refreshed for the last nine games of the season.
"Last night I thought was one of our best efforts of the year," Myers said of the 7-3 win at Tampa Bay. "I think the score showed that and with nine games left we have to keep that going. It's always good to see the guys do well when you're not playing. As hard as it is to watch, it's good to see we got points."
Does Myers think he better watch his back tomorrow against the Habs?
"I'm going to approach it like any other game," he said. "It's in the past. I didn't mean to hurt him. It's not my intention to go in and kill a guy like that. Whatever happens, happens. I'm just going to focus on two points."
The Sabres have been getting a ton of points lately from the line of Tyler Ennis centering Marcus Foligno and Drew Stafford. Foligno has five goals and two assists in five games since his recall from Rochester and the line has a stunning 11 goals, 25 points and combined plus-22 rating in that span.
"We know where each other is going to be and what each other is going can do," Foligno said. "Staff is really big and strong and Ennis is just a waterbug out there. Give those guys space and time and we're going to be dangerous in the offensive zone."
"It's fun to watch them," said coach Lindy Ruff. "They're making a lot of good plays, shown real good creativity in the offsensive zone. They really like playing with each other. Every time you put them out there, you feel like you have a chance to score."
Myers made his mark like most rookies do, in October (of 2009). Few guys jump on the scene in the heat of the March playoff push like Foligno.
"I remember when I first stepped in, it was a pretty tough adjustment," Myers said. "I can imagine what he's going through. He's doing very well, certainly exceeding expectations."
Ruff said Nathan Gerbe is still struggling to come back from his upper-body strain and that Matt Ellis' knee is improving but that the center is not close to skating. Ruff said he's going to keep all seven of his defense playing, so Mike Weber or Alexander Sultzer may not be a daily scratch now that Myers and Andrej Sekera are back.