Marcus Foligno will return to the Buffalo Sabres lineup Tuesday night when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning and Ryan Miller may be back as well.
Foligno has yet to play this season after sustaining an upper-body injury on Sept. 22 in an exhibition game against Toronto. He was a full participant in practice at First Niagara Center on Monday.
“This is a time to really establish myself and help out the team and hopefully tomorrow’s a big game for myself and for the team,” Foligno said after practice. “We need to get it back on track here and we really can’t let games slide.”
Miller did not dress in the loss on Saturday in Pittsburgh due to a lower-body injury. He did not practice on Monday and Rolston wasn’t sure if he’ll be ready for Tuesday. His status will depend on his on-ice workouts leading up to the game.
“We’re going to see. He’s going to let us know where he’s at and we’ve got pregame skate tomorrow too,” Rolston said. “He’s close. It’s just how he’s moving out there.”
Matt Hackett served as Jhonas Enroth’s backup Saturday night on an emergency recall.
Cody Hodgson also did not skate. Rolston said he has a lower-body injury, but doesn’t expect him to miss any more time.
“Cody is just kind of day to day, basically. Today was kind of a maintenance [day] for him,” Rolston said. “He should be back in there tomorrow.”
The Sabres focused on passing drills and power-play work at practice. Buffalo is 0-for-13 with the man advantage through three games and Rolston wants to see his team get more pucks to the net. He said he liked what he saw from the power play in practice on Monday.
“It’s hockey school stuff, but we need to get better with our hands right now,” Rolston said. “A portion of our problems, even in our zone, is just making a pass and catching a pass to get out of the zone. That’s part of it and that’s why we worked on [the passing drills].”
26 Thomas Vanek – 63 Tyler Ennis – 28 Zemgus Girgensons
82 Marcus Foligno – 25 Mikhail Grigorenko – 21 Drew Stafford
9 Steve Ott – 12 Kevin Porter – 65 Brian Flynn
22 Johan Larsson – 8 Cody McCormick – 36 Patrick Kaleta
10 Christian Ehrhoff – 3 Mark Pysyk
6 Mike Weber – 57 Tyler Myers
4 Jamie McBain – 55 Rasmus Ristolainen
52 Alexander Sulzer – 32 John Scott
1 Jhonas Enroth
31 Matt Hackett