For once, the Sabres got some good news.
Zemgus Girgensons, who took a slap shot off his ankle Tuesday, is not done for the season as previously suspected.
"We will see him before the end of the season, so it’s bad but not as bad as we thought," Buffalo coach Ted Nolan said Thursday. "I haven’t got a time yet."
Nolan said Girgensons may have a fractured bone.
"It could be, but it still could be healed in two weeks," Nolan said in First Niagara Center.
The video of Girgensons absorbing the slap shot is below.
Tyler Ennis also left Tuesday's victory in Columbus with a lower-body injury, and he won't play at home Thursday night against Vancouver.
"He’ll miss tonight for sure," Nolan said. "We’ll see how his injury mends, and hopefully next game he’ll be ready."
The Sabres have recalled Zac Dalpe and Phil Varone from Rochester to fill in for the forward duo.
Defenseman Nikita Zadorov, meanwhile, will sit for the third straight game. Nolan said he didn't want to tinker with the defense, particularly Mark Pysyk, who has played well with Zadorov out as a result of showing up late to a meeting Sunday.
"One more game won’t hurt a 19-year-old kid," Nolan said.
The defense will have a change, however, as Mike Weber is back early from an upper-body injury. He was supposed to miss two to four weeks but instead missed only two.
"I feel good enough," Weber said. "I'm excited to get back into it."
The Sabres' lines: Marcus Foligno-Brian Flynn-Chris Stewart, Matt Moulson-Torrey Mitchell-Brian Gionta, Johan Larsson-Varone-Dalpe and Cody Hodgson-Matt Ellis-Nicolas Deslauriers.
The defense: Andre Benoit-Zach Bogosian, Weber-Rasmus Ristolainen and Andrej Meszaros-Pysyk.
Michal Neuvirth will start in goal.