The Sabres worked through drills during the morning skate after a vigorous practice Thursday. There will be a few notable switches in the team's lineup as Zemgus Girgensons and Ville Leino will play center and Marcus Foligno will return to the wing.
"We want to put these players in a position where they feel comfortable so there's no excuses," Nolan said of the moves.
Ryan Miller was the first goalie off at morning skate and is expected to start for the Sabres.
"Obviously it's disappointing to miss some time, especially because it's kind of out of my character to do something like that," Kadri said. "I haven't been involved in anything like that before. Just kind of a funny play where I ended up on the wrong end of it. It's definitely disappointing."
"I have to say this is a new one," Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said of having to play without the trio. "That's what coaching brings you, experiences, and your experiences you can never predict. You have Plan A, B, C and D in the drawer and we're at E and F right now."
The Maple Leafs recalled center Trevor Smith from the Toronto Marlies on Friday to replace Kadri and will have him working on the third line against the Sabres.
"It's always tough to lose a couple guys at the same position, but with the leadership crew we have here and throughout the organization, we'll be all right," Smith said.
Bernier and Miller faced each other during the preseason in a game that saw David Clarkson and Phil Kessel served with suspensions after separate incidents with Sabres forward John Scott. Retribution, though, isn't on anyone's mind.
"I don't really expect anything too serious to come into that Kessel thing," Scott said. "I think everyone's calmed down. It was a while ago now. We're just going to play some hockey."
As for the lines, the Sabres could have lots of changes through the game, but here's what things could look like for both teams.
Injured: Mike Weber (broken thumb)
Scratched: Morgan Rielly
Suspended: Nazem Kadri