While the Buffalo Sabres may be gaining a winger this week, they may temporarily be without a backup goaltender.
After getting good news from Thomas Vanek
, who continued to skate Wednesday afternoon, the Sabres found that Patrick Lalime may be questionable for Thursday’s match-up in Boston, feeling a bit under the weather.
“He was sick last night so he saw a doctor this morning,” Head Coach Lindy Ruff said. “He should be able to make the flight… We’ll see where he’s at later today.”
Lalime did not participate in the team’s light workout at HSBC Arena. If he is unable to dress the team could be in a less than desirable spot; Netminder Jhonas Enroth
, who has been recalled from the AHL Portland Pirates in the past on an emergency basis, has an ankle injury of his own that has kept him sidelined.
“It’s a period of time [he’s going to miss] but I don’t know exactly how long,” Ruff said of Enroth.
The team has not recalled a goaltender yet – JP Lamoureux has been filling in for Enroth for the time being – and Ruff said he will evaluate Lalime later in the day. However, the Sabres coach admitted that the goaltending schedule that was previously in place could be in jeopardy with the ailment.
“We had a plan and we might have to alter the plan,” he said. “We’ll just evaluate this, see where Patty’s at come tomorrow and go from there.”
Conversely, Vanek may return to the lineup as early as this weekend. After suffering a lower body injury in late March, missing the last five contests, the winger has been on the ice for the last few days and is feeling better.
“We’re taking it day by day,” Vanek said. “The goal is to get in this weekend.
“Anytime you come back from injury, the speed of the game and getting your legs back, if I can do that before playoffs start I think it would benefit myself… The good news is that I’m out there working and it didn’t get any worse.”
Craig Rivet, who missed Tuesday’s game due to flu-like symptoms is expected to be ready for Thursday’s match-up against the Bruins. Jochen Hecht
was absent from practice but was given a maintenance day by the coaching staff.
The Sabres head to Boston today before finishing up the regular season on the road in Ottawa and New Jersey, respectively.