By John Vogl
The Sabres are clearing out of First Niagara Center today to make room for the NCAA Tournament, and they have two piles of equipment bags. One is for the guys going on the 11-day trip. The other is for those who aren't -- and that's a pretty big pile.
Jhonas Enroth, Tyler Myers, Zemgus Girgensons, Alexander Sulzer and Chris Stewart headline the injured players who will stay in Buffalo. Torrey Mitchell expects to play Tuesday in Calgary.
Goaltenders Nathan Lieuwen, who made his NHL debut Sunday against Montreal, and Michal Neuvirth (lower body) are set to fly west. Neuvirth is still day-to-day, so coach Ted Nolan didn't rule out a third netminder joining the team.
"He could wake up tomorrow morning as fresh as a daisy, but we’ll wait till then," Nolan said of Neuvirth.
The recently acquired netminder said he woke up sore Friday after a 51-save performance Thursday in Carolina, but he practiced Saturday morning, took the pregame warmup and backed up Enroth for the Sabres' loss to the New York Islanders.
Neuvirth didn't dress Sunday and skated lightly today.
"It depends how I’m going to feel tomorrow, but I’m feeling better every day," he said in the arena. "I’m hoping it’s going to be good tomorrow."
Enroth is still undergoing testing for the leg injury he suffered during the second period Sunday night.
"It looks a little bit better," Nolan said. "He’s going to get further evaluations. He’s going to stay behind, but it looks a little bit better today than yesterday. Definitely out this trip."
Nolan said Myers could join the Sabres before the end of the journey, which includes stops in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Montreal and Nashville.