by Amy Moritz
DETROIT -- Ted Nolan confirmed that Matt Hackett will get the start in goal tonight when the Sabres play the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.
He hopes that Hackett will be a bit fresher after the team had a trying travel day to Detroit.
It goes back to Thursday morning in St. Louis where the team was aroused at 5:45 a.m. by hotel staff and ushered to the basement as the area endured extreme weather and tornado warnings. They gave a solid effort in a 2-1 loss to the league-leading Blues before attempting to hop a plan to Detroit. Only the airport was without power and the team sat on the plane for two hours before finally arriving at its hotel in Detroit at 4 a.m.
Coach Ted Nolan isn't terribly concerned about fatigue, though.
"We get in her at 4 o’clock in the morning and having a real tough game against St. Louis last night and then compounded with all the injuries it’s been tough," Nolan said. "But give the team a lot of credit. They battled hard last night and gave everything they had to give and that’s all we’ve been asking since I arrived. It’s starting to get a little bit hopefully we’ll continue to do that today.
"One thing about our line of work we’re almost night workers. They had a good chance to sleep in today. We didn’t come to the rink so they could sleep to 12 or 1 o’clock whatever they needed. Get up get some nutrition put in their bodies and what have you. Hopefully they had enough rest so they’re all fairly young and they’re playing a game so hopefully they’ll be energized."
Among the 10 players out of the lineup tonight will be Henrik Tallinder, Drew Stafford and Marcus Foligno.
"Foligno surprisingly is not as bad as we originally thought," said Nolan after Foligno was injured on his first shift Thursday in St. Louis. "He was walking around pretty good today which is a good sign but we’ll keep our fingers crossed with that. Drew, he was walking worse today than he was yesterday. So we’ll see with him also.
"Tallinder is still out. He’s a little bit sore walking around, too. They’re giving what they have to give and unfortunately guys just have that injury bug going right now."