by Amy Moritz
Oh the lineups, how they get juggled.
It's not just the trades that the Buffalo Sabres have made that have caused a shakeup in the lines and pairings but injuries are creeping up.
After Sunday's morning skate in preparation for the Sabres' game with the Chicago Blackhawks, interim head coach Ted Nolan said that Zemgus Girgensons (undisclosed) and Torrey Mitchell (lower body) were a week away from returning to the ice while Chris Stewart (lower body) will likely be longer.
Meanwhile, Nolan gets Cory Conacher in the lineup for the first time. How does he plan to use Conacher?
"He’ll be one of our forwards," Nolan said. "I haven’t really had a chance to see him play all that much. We’ll put him probably with Tyler Ennis to begin with and see how it goes. Right now it’s been a trying time. We’ve had a lot of guys in and out of the lineup. Mitchell came in for one, I liked what I saw in the first period and all of a sudden in the second period he’s gone for a length of time. It’s just been a crazy rollercoaster ride."
Look for Jhonas Enroth to play in goal for the Sabres tonight.
Patrick Kaleta has a locker in the Sabres dressing room and the reported he skated on his own, but Nolan reaffirmed that Kaleta would not be returning to play this season. Kaleta suffered a season-ending knee injury while playing with the Rochester Americans in November.
Listen to Nolan's complete comments to the media and check out his invention of the word "physicalitivity" here: