BUFFALO – Five Sabres who played Sunday – Christian Ehrhoff, Marcus Foligno, Cody Hodgson, Steve Ott and Jason Pominville – didn’t skate during this morning’s optional workout inside the First Niagara Center.
“We got a couple guys that are nicked up that may be doubtful tomorrow,” coach Lindy Ruff said after the Sabres prepared for Tuesday’s tilt in Ottawa.
Right now, forward Matt Ellis is the Sabres’ only extra player. A recall could be coming.
In other injury news, Ruff said winger Patrick Kaleta (neck, three games) is “progressing.”
“I’d say he’s close to getting back on the ice,” Ruff said. “He may even skate on his own tomorrow. So he’s on the road to recovery.”
Meanwhile, Ruff acknowledged he fears winger Ville Leino (hip) could miss the season. The Finn hasn’t played yet this year after going down late in training camp.
“We’re trying a different type of treatment again for what he has,” Ruff said. “You hope you can gain some traction with it. The answer is I don’t know right now.”
Ruff said surgery hasn’t been discussed.
“You go to a surgeon he’s going to recommend surgery,” he said.