The Sabres split the weekend, shutting out the Canes 1-0, while losing to the Coyotes 4-2. Other than suffering the ignominy of allowing Biz Nasty to score, the worst news came in the third period on Saturday, when Tyler Myers didn’t return to the ice. He’s got an ‘upper body injury’ that we should hear more about today. He had just picked his game up after his benching (though he still had a few bad decisions) so losing him now (if indeed they do) would be tough.
All of this becomes background noise as Wednesday approaches, and the rematch with the Boston Bruins looms. I talked before about the likely scenarios we’ll see for that game, though we now have even more injuries that make brawls and fights even less likely. Cody McCormick is still sitting, he’d be the most likely to go after Lucic on his own. If Myers is out, I don’t think I’d want any defensemen to take themselves out of the play challenging Lucic (Weber or Regehr…obviously Leopold isn’t stepping in there). So barring a Commander Cody recovery or callup cannon fodder, what we’re probably going to see is a bunch of hard hits, Kaleta-style charges, and a shit-ton of after the whistle tough-guy posturing without punches. It’ll be annoying until the refs start tossing guys into the box to discourage it. I’d much rather just see Buffalo win the game and keep their players upright and available for future games at this point. Get Lucic later. The anger will keep.