by Amy Moritz
For the past few days, John Scott has been skating with the defenseman. The presumption in the press corps was that Scott, a fourth-line forward, would be a healthy scratch for the second straight game when the Sabres host Boston tonight.
But interim coach Ted Nolan said that Scott's position in the lineup will be a game-time decision and that he could be inserted at defense.
"This will be a real game-time decision whether we put him in," Nolan said. "We’ve been working with him last couple of games. We’ll see. Everybody played well last time so it depends on the mood before the game I guess."
"I think he looks good," Nolan said of what he's seen from Scott on defense the last few days. "Defense you’ve just got to move the puck up or if you’re in trouble ring it around the boards. He’s a big man that can cover a lot of ice. He’s an intelligent guy too so he should be able to pick it up."
He's a guy with a sense of humor, too. Player availability comes before Nolan's official press conference, so reporters half-jokingly asked Scott after the morning skate if he'd be playing defense after again practicing with the blueline unit.
"Me and Ehrhoff. No. 1 pairing," Scott joked. "I'm exited for the challenge it should be good. Probably get 20-25 minutes, get some power play time."
For more pregame thoughts from Nolan check out the audio: