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Illness spreading through Sabres but Nolan maintains it's not mumps

BOSTON -- Matt Moulson and Patrick Kaleta did not make the trip and Ted Nolan told the media during his pregame briefing that a couple other unnamed Sabres are dressing in a side room because they are also ill.

So just like last night, The Question was asked: Are the Sabres getting mumpy?

"Right now they tell us that mumps doesn't have symptoms like the guys are having," Nolan said. "It's flu-like symptoms."

Nolan didn't specify who is struggling but ice time will probably tell a tale tonight against the Boston Bruins. Mark Pysyk and Tim Schaller will both play tonight and Nolan confirmed Tyler Myers (lower body) will sit out tonight but could play Tuesday in Detroit.

"It looks like the flu bug is running through the team right now,"  Nolan said early this evening outside the team's TD Garden dressing room. "We've got a couple guys in the room not feeling too good right now. Hopefully we'll manage and it won't spread too much further."

Nolan said Mike Weber could also be ready to play in Detroit so that means it's possible Pysyk could only be up for one game. The former No. 1 draft pick hurt his shoulder in the first minute he played of the team's exhibition home opener against Carolina in September and that was that for his hopes to make the club.

"I was not thinking I was going to make it but thinking I was going to do everything I could do to make it," Pysyk said. "Then with the injury, it was all over and I knew I was headed back to Rochester. After that, I was just focused on playing there."

"I'm a big Mark Pysyk fan," Nolan said. "It's just circumstances right now and we'll see what happens in the future. He's a solid player, a solid kid. He's biding his time and doing what needs to be done in order to be here permanently. This kid has potential to be one of the leaders of this organization for many years to come, so I'm glad he gets a chance tonight."

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