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Sabres to start Enroth, plug in Sulzer on defense

Thursday, 01.09.2014 / 3:55 PM

By Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

BUFFALO -- After having a game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday postponed until Feb. 25 because of a blizzard, the Buffalo Sabres will face the Florida Panthers on Thursday without defenseman Tyler Myers.

Myers was suspended three games for his check to the head of New Jersey Devils forward Dainius Zubrus. The Sabres were already shorthanded on defense without Henrik Tallinder (upper body). Alexander Sulzer will take Myers' spot in the lineup.

"We probably won't see a guy with over 28 minutes or 30 minutes," coach Ted Nolan said of his defense. "You'll probably see a whole lot of them with 15 or 20 instead."

Originally scheduled to play Tuesday, Jhonas Enroth will start in goal. Enroth stopped 44 shots to lead the Sabres to a 3-1 win against the Panthers on Oct. 25.

The Panthers had forward Drew Shore skating on the fourth line at the morning skate and it appears he'll play instead of Shawn Matthias. Tim Thomas was first off the ice and will likely start in goal.

Here are projected lineups for the Panthers and Sabres:

SABRES

Matt MoulsonTyler EnnisZemgus Girgensons

Steve OttJohan LarssonMatt D'Agostini

Linus OmarkBrian FlynnMarcus Foligno

John ScottZenon KonopkaMatt Ellis

Christian EhrhoffMark Pysyk

Mike WeberAlexander Sulzer

Brayden McNabbJamie McBain

Jhonas Enroth

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Mikhail Grigorenko, Ville Leino, Tyler Myers (suspended)

Injured: Cody Hodgson (thumb), Cody McCormick (upper body), Kevin Porter (lower body), Drew Stafford (upper body), Henrik Tallinder (upper body)

PANTHERS

Tomas FleischmannNick BjugstadScottie Upshall

Sean BergenheimAleksander BarkovBrad Boyes

Jonathan HuberdeauMarcel GocTomas Kopecky

Krys BarchDrew ShoreJimmy Hayes

Brian CampbellTom Gilbert

Erik GudbransonEd Jovanovski

Dmitry KulikovMike Weaver

Tim Thomas

Scott Clemmensen

Scratched: Shawn Matthias, Mike Mottau, Scott Gomez

Injured: Dylan Olsen (lower body), Alex Petrovic (upper body), Jesse Winchester (hand)

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery