Tyler Myers will stand in front of the net tonight. ©2015, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres’ Tyler Myers ready for new challenge; Chris Stewart to return

BUFFALO – Right now, Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers said, the plan is “to disrupt as much as I can” in front of the net during power plays.

“I guess I’m used to being in that area defensively, but it’ll be different,” Myers said this morning inside the First Niagara Center. “Usually I’m trying to carry out the puck, and now I’ll be trying score. So it’s a different look.”

The Sabres’ NHL-worst power play can’t score, so coach Ted Nolan moved the 6-foot-8 Myers, who usually mans a point, in front of the net Thursday. Myers will see his first game action tonight.

Goals have been scarce recently. The Sabres have only nine during their eight-game losing streak.

In lineup news, winger Chris Stewart will return tonight against the reeling Minnesota Wild. The flu sidelined Stewart, who has two goals and seven points in his last 11 appearances, one game.

Sabres coach Ted Nolan said forward Zac Dalpe will likely be scratched. Nolan said the Sabres are still deciding whether they will keep an extra forward here.

Defensemen Andre Benoit and Tyson Strachan will also be scratched.

The Wild, losers of six straight games, will start new goalie Devan Dubnyk tonight. Minnesota sent Arizona a third-round pick for Dubnyk on Wednesday.

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