by Amy Moritz
Tyler Ennis and Mark Pysyk were missing from Buffalo Sabres practice at First Niagara Center this morning.
Interim coach Ted Nolan said Ennis got banged up a bit in last night's 5-3 loss to Carolina and had a maintenance day. Ennis is expected to be in the lineup tomorrow in Columbus.
As for Pysyk, well, the defenseman's immediate future looks to be determined in the next few hours. If he is going to spend the Olympic break with the Rochester Americans, he needs to be assigned by 5 p.m.
"We're going to meet with Pysyk and discuss what will happen," Nolan said.
Could he go to Rochester?
"That's a little bit above my pay scale," Nolan quipped.
Practice today featured a focus on passing which is not just about producing offense but about being steady in the defensive end and effectively clearing the zone -- something the Sabres have struggled with over the last few games.
"If you look at golfers they go to driving ranges. Baseball players go to batting cages. Basketball players go to the free throw line," Nolan said. "In hockey, we don't do the fundamental thing that we should be able to do on natural instinct and that's pass the puck. Every once in a while you've got to go back to school and just do basic stuff. Today was one of those days."
The complete audio fo Nolan's post-pratice comments can be found here: