With two days before their next game, the Buffalo Sabres did not practice on Tuesday, opting instead for a team stretch. They'll be back at practice on Wednesday to prepare for Thursday's game against the Red Wings in Detroit.
But two players did hit the ice. Forward Nick Baptiste took shots at goaltender Robin Lehner, who was back on the ice after not dressing for Monday's 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals.
Lehner said he feels better and expects to be fully back for Wednesday's practice.
"I pulled my one hip earlier in the season," Lehner said, adding that he had an injection in his hip last week. "Been a little bit back and forth. Pulled it again against Colorado (in a 5-4 loss on Feb. 11). Just kept going through it."
And Lehner keeps going through it even as his name continues to be one bantered about in trade rumors. Those rumors heat up this week with the NHL trade deadline at 3 p.m. on Feb. 26.
"You follow it a little bit," Lehner said. "We play in a pretty great league. Whether I stay here or go some place else, it's what it is but I'm definitely not looking at that. I feel like I'm putting in work and doing my best. We'll see what the future holds."
For his part, Lehner hopes his future remains in Buffalo.
"I think when we're clicking and we're all playing the way we can, I think it looks good," Lehner said. "We've just all got to be on the same page and get that consistency. I don't give up. I have full trust in the guys and I don't like to give up. I don't like to bail out."