The Buffalo Sabres were missing a trio of players from practice on Thursday afternoon.
, Toni Lydman and Patrick Lalime were unable to participate in the 30-minute session at HSBC Arena.
Sekera is suffering from flu-like symptoms according to Head Coach Lindy Ruff and is questionable for Friday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers. [UPDATE: 11:32 AM, NOV. 6 - Lindy Ruff reports that Sekera will play]
“We’ll see how he’s doing tomorrow,” Ruff said. "He was a little under the weather after the game last night and he wasn’t feeling that well this morning.
“You have to let it run its course.”
Lydman is still recovering from a groin strain that he sustained Oct. 21 during a game against the Florida Panthers.
“He’s close but the doctors felt that maybe with a couple days of rest and then going back and skating, it might be a better approach than fatiguing it on a continuous, day-to-day type of scenario,” Ruff said.
Lalime, who has not practiced since Monday, is also out with a groin strain. Ruff said Jhonas Enroth
will be pushed “into a bigger role” this weekend, indicating that the rookie may make his NHL debut.
Sabres prospect Luke Adam
was named as the Quebec Major Junior League’s Offensive Player of the Month for October.
Adam, playing in his fourth junior season for the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, registered 10 goals – including two game winners – a plus-10 rating and 22 points in 14 games.Click here for more.
Portland Pirates defenseman Joe DiPenta has updated his blog on The Hockey News, discussing how he has adjusted to the American Hockey League lifestyle.Click here to read more.
Fans can see DiPenta, and the rest of the Pirates as they face off against the Rochester Americans on Nov. 12 at HSBC Arena. Tickets
and family packs
are still available and the Sabres are promoting a free ticket offer
for the event. Game time is at 7 p.m.
Defeating the New York Islanders on Wednesday night, the Sabres join the Pittsburgh Penguins as the only two teams in the League that have not lost in consecutive games.
The Sabres have lost three times through 12 games this season, including a 3-2 overtime decision against the Montreal Canadiens.
In the three games immediately following a loss, the Sabres have only allowed three goals combined.
Ruff on the play of Steve Montador this season:
“He’s played very well. He’s been a real pleasant surprise. That’s been the one pair that’s rotated through [because of injuries] and he’s been the constant. He’s given us a real solid five, six where we’ve played him in a lot of situations and he’s played very well for us – and with different partners.”
Click here to see Kevin Sylvester interview Montador for "2 Minutes in the Box"