Matt Moulson knows mumps is a big word around the NHL. So when he got sick last Saturday, thoughts turned toward the worst.
Who knew getting the flu would be good news?
"Obviously, some precautions around the NHL sent me home, but luckily it was just the flu," said Moulson, who will return to the Sabres' lineup Saturday night against the Islanders after missing three games will his illness. "I think everyone’s worried about what’s going on throughout the league, but I had all the testing done for it and it was just the flu. Luckily, it passed in a couple days."
Moulson said he felt well enough to return Tuesday in Detroit but not all of his health tests had come back. So instead he'll return against his old team.
"They’ve been playing some really good hockey, some of the best in the league," said Moulson, who was a three-time 30-goal scorer for the Isles while skating with John Tavares. "Obviously, I had a chance to play with great players. That definitely helps. But I think sometimes it’s a confidence thing, and for whatever reason I had a lot of confidence when I was playing. I knew Johnny and obviously we had some chemistry. Things went well."
Moulson isn't the only player back for the Sabres. Cody McCormick and Mike Weber are also returning.
However, the Sabres will still be without Brian Gionta, Tyler Myers, Marcus Foligno and Torrey Mitchell.
"Gionta’s still going to be out for a little bit," coach Ted Nolan said in First Niagara Center. "Marcus Foligno had surgery a couple days ago, so he’ll be out for at least a month or two. Tyler Myers is kind of like that week-to-week."
Jhonas Enroth will start in goal for the Sabres, while the Isles will give Kevin Poulin his first NHL start of the season.