and Patrick Kaleta
were both absent from Monday’s practice at HSBC Arena, following the team’s 5-3 win over the Blues on Sunday.
Kaleta was hurt during the match-up after crashing into the net and suffering a lower body injury. [The game in St. Louis was Kaleta’s first since Dec. 19 – he missed the previous three contests due to a neck injury.]
“Actually we feel he’s better today,” Head Coach Lindy Ruff said following practice. “He’ll see the doctors. Right now we’ve got him at day-to-day.”
Roy is also day-to-day with an upper boy injury. However, Ruff said the centerman could be ready to play in time for Friday’s match-up against the Atlanta Thrashers.
Roy was hurt during Saturday’s match-up against the Senators after being hit by Ottawa’s Jesse Winchester. He did not make the trip to St. Louis.
continued to skate, still recovering from a groin injury he suffered Dec. 11.
“He’s been a tough one to get a read on, but groins aren’t easy to [gauge] where they’re really at,” Ruff said. “But I think he’s real close though.”
Gerbe practiced alongside Nathan Paetsch as an extra forward during Monday’s skate.
addressed the media, discussing being a healthy scratch for Sunday’s game in St. Louis.
The winger sat in favor of defenseman Andrej Sekera
, who played as a forward alongside Matt Ellis
and Adam Mair.
“I knew I had to be better,” Stafford said. “I wasn’t playing how I needed to play… I have to make sure that I’m putting the work in, make sure that I’m showing up to practice, working on some habits and working hard to getting back to where I need to play.”
Stafford practiced alongside Paul Gaustad and Clarke MacArthur on Monday.
The remaining lines at practice were as follows:
Hecht – Connolly – Pominville
MacArthur – Gaustad – Stafford
Vanek – Kennedy – Grier
Mair – Ellis – Sekera
Former Sabres defenseman Jay McKee weighed in on facing netminder Ryan Miller
“He is a great, technical goalie. He can go through a handful of games where he doesn’t have to make any spectacular saves because he is always in position.
“He is thinking ahead of the curve. He reads plays and angles well. He battles hard in practices and in games. He doesn’t really have any weaknesses.”
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McKee played with Miller for three seasons in Buffalo, primarily in the 2005-06 campaign. The Sabres host the Penguins on Dec. 29 at 7 p.m.