by Amy Moritz
And Sabre Nation can breathe a bit easier.
The injury to defenseman Tyler Myers isn't as bad as was previously thought.
Interim head coach Ted Nolan said that Myers could be in the lineup Wednesday night when the Sabres host the Pittsburgh Penguins. Myers left Monday night's game late in the second period and did not return for the third period with a lower body injury. He was not at practice Tuesday morning, but Nolan was optimistic.
"It’s a lot better than we thought," Nolan said. "It’s more of a day-to-day situation so he was moving around pretty good today and hopefully he moves around real good tomorrow and gets to play. He could play tomorrow. You never know in situations like this. You never know how serious they are until you look at them. Right now it’s kind of a day-to-day thing.
"When you see a guy go down, no matter who it is, some guys get banged up but he looked like he was hurt last night. It’s a good thing that he’s not hurt as seriously as we thought so that’s a good thing."
Mike Weber also missed practice after taking some bangs Monday night, but is expected back in the lineup.
Expect to see Chad Ruhwedel back on the blueline as well. He sat Monday night, but Nolan indicated after Tuesday's practice it was more about managing the number of games for the 23-year old rookie. Look for Ruhwedel to return to the Rochester Americans during the Olympic break with either Ruhwedel or Mark Pysyk, or both, coming back to Buffalo after the Games.
Speaking of the Olympic games, Nolan, also the Latvian national team coach, had plenty of thoughts about the Olympics and his team. Check it out on the full audio here: