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:
Matt Moulson – Tyler Ennis – Zemgus Girgensons
Steve Ott – Johan Larsson – Matt D'Agostini
Linus Omark – Brian Flynn – Marcus Foligno
John Scott – Zenon Konopka – Matt Ellis
Christian Ehrhoff – Mark Pysyk
Mike Weber – Alexander Sulzer
Brayden McNabb – Jamie McBain
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)
Tomas Fleischmann – Nick Bjugstad – Scottie Upshall
Sean Bergenheim – Aleksander Barkov – Brad Boyes
Jonathan Huberdeau – Marcel Goc – Tomas Kopecky
Krys Barch – Drew Shore – Jimmy Hayes
Brian Campbell – Tom Gilbert
Erik Gudbranson – Ed Jovanovski
Dmitry Kulikov – Mike Weaver
Scratched: Shawn Matthias, Mike Mottau, Scott Gomez
Injured: Dylan Olsen (lower body), Alex Petrovic (upper body), Jesse Winchester (hand)