RALEIGH, N.C. -- Buffalo Sabres coach Ted Nolan said defenseman Alexander Sulzer will return to the lineup against the Carolina Hurricanes after missing two games with a lower-body injury.
Goaltender Michal Neuvirth will make his second start since being acquired from the Washington Capitals on March 5.
After putting the Sabres through skating drills and addressing their work ethic in practice Wednesday, Nolan made a point of saying he is not down on the team.
"They're not bad. They're not tanking," he said. "It was designed to remind them that we have to work every day. Whether we're in first place or last place, it doesn't matter. It's how you prepare yourself."
The Hurricanes, coming off a 3-1 win against the New York Rangers on Tuesday, did not skate Thursday morning.
Here are the projected lineups for the Sabres and Hurricanes:
Cory Conacher - Tyler Ennis - Drew Stafford
Marcus Foligno - Cody Hodgson - Matt D'Agostini
Nicolas Deslauriers - Brian Flynn - Ville Leino
John Scott - Zenon Konopka - Matt Ellis
Tyler Myers - Mike Weber
Christian Ehrhoff - Alexander Sulzer
Jamie McBain - Henrik Tallinder
Scratched: Chad Ruhwedel
Injured: Chris Stewart (ankle), Zemgus Girgensons (lower body), Torrey Mitchell (foot).
Jeff Skinner - Eric Staal - Elias Lindholm
Jiri Tlusty - Jordan Staal - Alexander Semin
Nathan Gerbe - Riley Nash - Patrick Dwyer
Drayson Bowman - Andrei Loktionov - Manny Malhotra
Andrej Sekera - Justin Faulk
Ron Hainsey - Brett Bellemore
Jay Harrison - Ryan Murphy
Scratched: Radek Dvorak, Mike Komisarek, Justin Peters
Injured: John-Michael Liles (upper body)