In the continuation of a seasonlong trend, the Sabres got one guy back from injury and lost another. Coach Dan Bylsma hopes Marcus Foligno and Zegmus Girgensons are both able to play Tuesday.
Foligno, who sat out Saturday’s overtime loss in Boston with a bruised leg, returned to practice Monday and skated alongside center Jack Eichel and right wing Matt Moulson. Girgensons, meanwhile, skipped the skate with a lower-body injury.
“I’m hoping this was nothing more than a maintenance day for Zemgus, but he is dealing with a lower-body injury,” Bylsma said in First Niagara Center, where the Sabres host Florida on Tuesday.
Foligno, who briefly left practice after getting struck by a puck, got through drills OK.
“It was good to get a full practice in with the guys,” the winger said. “I feel pretty good. We’ll see how tomorrow is. Right now it’s just a pain tolerance.
“It was tough to even skate a couple days ago. Yesterday it felt a little better, and today I was able to skate. We’ll see tomorrow morning.”
Foligno got hurt Thursday against the Bruins.
“I just tried to hit a guy,” he said. “He dodged it pretty good and I just kind of went forward and put too much of my weight into it and went down. I kind of got jammed up with his skate kind of going into me, and it’s kind of a deep tissue bruise.”
Tyler Ennis remains out with a concussion.
“Still not able to get on the ice other than to be on the ice by himself,” Bylsma said. “His timeline is no better than week-to-week. He has progressed over the last 10 days but still needs to go a little bit further before he can be cleared to go onto the next level.”
The Sabres were in much better spirit Monday than they were after Saturday’s controversial loss. Boston was given a game-winning penalty shot in overtime on a phantom penalty. Bylsma was asked if the organization had received an apology from the NHL.
“I don’t anticipate one or expect one,” the coach said.