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Injuries keep coming for Sabres; Hackett earns another start

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The first five questions of Ted Nolan's post-practice chat today dealt with injured players. Obviously, things aren't getting much better in Sabreland.

Tyler Myers, Marcus Foligno, Torrey Mitchell and Zenon Konopka missed the Sabres' workout in Bridgestone Arena with various ailments, while goaltender Michal Neuvirth has been sent back to Buffalo for further evaluation of his lower-body injury.

"Every game somebody goes down," Nolan said. "It’s one of those things when things go bad, they go bad."

While Foligno should be back Thursday when the Sabres visit the Nashville Predators, he's the only definite. Myers is banged up after crashing into a goal post, Konopka is out with a back injury suffered on an airplane ride and Mitchell is unlikely to play after getting hurt in Tuesday's 2-0 loss in Montreal.

"Tyler Myers, more of a rest day," Nolan said. "He took a pretty good bang last night crashing into the goal post, so maintenance day today. We’ll see how he mends later on. We’ll probably make a call later this evening whether he can go or not.

"Mitchell, his is something that’s maybe a little more serious, but we’ll take a look at him later, too."

Nolan said a couple of players in Rochester will be put on call if it looks like players won't be ready.

"There’s a silver lining for everything," Nolan said. "Now it gives more kids from Rochester who are playing well maybe have a chance to play up here."

One recent callup from Rochester will play again. Matt Hackett has earned another start in goal after stopping 33 of 35 shots against the Canadiens. He had 35 saves during a 3-1 win over Edmonton last week.

"Hackett definitely earned it," Nolan said. "That’s one thing about now, it’s audition time. When you audition and you do a couple good things in the auditions, you should get another one. He played well the last two games, particularly the last game in Montreal. I thought he was a difference maker. It could have been a lot worse, but he kept us in the game."

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