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Stewart likely out for the year

by Amy Moritz

From the sounds of it, Chris Stewart is done for the season. He suffered a lower body injury and was seen with his right ankle in a boot at First Niagara Center this week.

"Stewart doesn't look good right now," interim coach Ted Nolan said today. "There are only five weeks left in the year and his injury is four-to-five weeks."

The team had an optional morning skate and the good news was that Alexander Sulzer (undisclosed) was on the ice. Nolan said Sulzer was close to returning and could be back for the Sabres' game at Carolina on Thursday.

Zemgus Girgensons (undisclosed) and Torrey Mitchell (lower body) are still some time way from returning.

Meanwhile expect to see Jhonas Enroth in goal tonight when the Sabres host Nashville at 7 p.m. in First Niagara Center.

The Predators did not have a morning skate after arriving early this morning from Ottawa after a 4-3 overtime win over the Sens on Monday night.

It is the first time center Paul Gaustad will be back to Buffalo since he was traded to Nashville in 2012. He was the seventh-round pick of the Sabres in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft and played over eight seasons (2002-12) in Buffalo.

In other news, Nolan said he spoke with his son, Jordan, who yesterday was given a one-game suspension for sucker punching the Oliers' Jesse Joensuu in the LA Kings game at Edmonton on Sunday.

Hear Nolan's complete post-morning skate comments:

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