By Mike Harrington
TORONTO -- The Blizzard of 2014 made Tyler Myers wait an extra day to return from his suspension as the Sabres' Jan. 7 game against Carolina was postponed and pushed his three-game ban back a day. The waiting is over and Myers will be back tonight in Air Canada Center as the Sabres play the Maple Leafs
"It feels good to be back," Myers said while meeting with reporters here in the 5 o'clock hour. "I had to wait an extra day but it's nice it's finally here. It wasn't the best feeling having to wait an extra day. But at the end of the day, it's still three games and I'll be able to play against Carolina (in the Feb. 25 makeup game).
Myers was playing some of his best hockey of the season before taking a seat in the wake of his head shot Jan. 4 against New Jersey's Dainius Zubrus. It was the second suspension of his career but don't look for him to change.
"I don't think I need to be changing my game. I'm not the type of guy that's reckless or looking to injure somebody," Myers said. "On that play, I was just trying to be aggressive. At my height and with my size, I think t's going to happen sometimes. I'll have to be aware of it for sure but I don't think I want to change my game."
"It's huge to have him back and we really like that mentality," said interim coach Ted Nolan. "I'm glad he said that. We don't want him to lose that. We actually want him to be a little more aggressive. When I say aggressive, it's aggressive carrying the puck, it's aggressive shooting, skating. If he plays aggressive, he's going to be a great player."
Myers is averaging 21:46 per game and the Sabres sure could have used him last night, as things went haywire against the Flyers with three goals in the last 6 1/2 minutes. Just one shift from their big defenseman could have really calmed things down.
Myers was minus-1 in the 10 games prior to the suspension, no small feat on a Buffalo team that basically doesn't score at all. He's topped 23 minutes in five of his last six games.
"A lot of that is just bringing a confidence that you're going to control the play," Myers said. "I think I was moving in the right direction before Ted came in but certainly when they did and the conversations we had helped me out a lot. I just want to make sure I keep playing the way I have been and focus on improving every day."
The Sabres will be putting John Scott back in the lineup tonight after he's spent the last two games as a healthy scratch. The 6-foot-8 Scott, of course, has been the center of attention this year in the ACC starting with the preseason line brawl he initiated in September, his "Princess Phaneuf" chirp at Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf in November and his first goal as a Sabre he scored in the teams' last game here on Dec. 27.
Drew Stafford also returns after sitting out the last four games with an upper body injury. Linus Omark will be a healthy scratch and Nolan said Marcus Foligno was banged up last night against Philadelphia and will sit tonight. Foligno is listed as day to day.
It will be Ryan Miller in goal against James Reimer. Jhonas Enroth and Jonathan Bernier played for the teams in their games last year as the Sabres lost to the Flyers while the Leafs pulled out a 4-3 win in Boston.