The Buffalo Sabres spent about 30 minutes on the ice Thursday morning, preparing for their home-and-home weekend with the Montreal Canadiens.
They're trying to build off their solid third period and induce amnesia about the first 40 minutes of their 2-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday.
"Today’s Thanksgiving and there’s a lot of things we’ve got to be thankful for," Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. "Last night’s game, we’ve proven that if we play the way we have to play, and that’s as hard as we can every night, then we have a chance."
Missing from practice were the injured Tyler Myers and Cody Hodgson.
Nolan said Hodgson missed practice for personal reasons.
"He’ll be back. He went home for some personal reasons," Nolan said.
Myers was given another day off to get medical treatment for a lower body injury which kept him out of Wednesday's game.
And Nolan really, really wants him back in the lineup.
"Today’s a good day to get some medical treatment and cross our fingers he’s ready for tomorrow," he said. "We’re banking. We’re hoping. Right now it’s probably 50-50."
Cody McCormick skated in a non-contact jersey as he continues to make his way back through the concussion protocol. Josh Gorges also full practiced and the defenseman is itching to get back in the lineup, especially for his first return trip to Montreal since he was traded to the Sabres from the Canadiens in July.
"His injury is first and foremost on our thoughts," Nolan said as Gorges has missed five games with a knee injury. "We’ll make sure he’s 100 percent before he goes back in."
Nolan also said the team was not going to make any roster moves "at this moment" and that Jhonas Enorth would start in goal when the Sabres host Montreal at 7 p.m. Friday.