Drew Stafford could play Tuesday. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres’ Josh Gorges set to return against Lightning

BUFFALO – Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges, out the last seven games with a knee injury, will play Tuesday against Tampa Bay, coach Ted Nolan said this afternoon.

The Sabres, winners of five of the last six contests, could have more healthy bodies back, too.

Center Cody McCormick, out the last three games with a possible concussion, has one more hurdle to clear before he can play, Nolan said. McCormick will meet with the doctor today. He practiced on the fourth line.

Meanwhile, winger Drew Stafford could play Tuesday after a lower-body injury sidelined him for Saturday’s 4-3 shootout win in Montreal. Stafford practiced briefly today before leaving the session.

“He tried to skate today on his own,” Nolan said inside the First Niagara Center. “He’ll try again tomorrow morning. If he’s good, then he’ll be back in.”

Nolan said banged-up defenseman Tyler Myers had a maintenance day today and should be OK to face the Lightning. Myers briefly left the game Saturday after his leg got tangled with Max Pacioretty.

In other injury news, Nolan said defenseman Andrej Meszaros suffered a “little bang” and is undergoing concussion protocol.

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