by Amy Moritz
Henrik Tallinder is in. Mark Pysyk is out.
That's the word from Ted Nolan after the Buffalo Sabres' morning skate at First Niagara Center. The team hosts the Florida Panthers at 7 tonight.
Tallinder is coming off injured reserve where he as since Dec. 31 missing eight games with a broken finger.
"I'm ready," Tallinder said. "It’s always frustrating when you’re injured. It’s good to be back with guys in the locker room and everything that comes with it."
Nolan said Pysyk was a victim of numbers as the Sabres have eight defensmen on their roster with Tallinder's return from injury.
"It’s not his play. He’s been playing pretty well lately," Nolan said. "It’s just he’s younger and a lot of games. There’s a possibility he may go down to the farm team to play during the break. That’s a lot of games for a young guy to play so it’s more of just a precautionary day and a rest day."
Nolan said that Tallinder "probably" would be paired with Tyler Myers, though the combination of Myers and Mike Weber has been impressive of late.
Tim Thomas is expected to be in goal for Florida tonight against Ryan Miller. Thomas has a 2.58 goals against average and a .917 save percentage. Scott Clemmensen played for the Panthers last night in a 5-1 win at Pittsburgh.
To hear Nolan's comments this morning, check out the audio: