BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Sabres face the Lightning Tuesday night. Cody Hodgson did not practice Monday but is expected to play. It's uncertain who will be in goal.
Ryan Miller is day-to-day, he didn't face shots but did test his lower body injury after practice. Jhonas Enroth likely would start his second straight if Miller can't go.
Despite an 0-3 start with a very young hockey club, confidence remains high.
"Young guys, I mean I remember being 19, 20 years old walking in this locker room - it's tough not to be excited every day walking in here," defenseman Mike Weber said. "I'm 25 years old, I'm still excited to walk into an NHL rink every day. Guys are excited to be here, guys are excited for the challenge every single night. Again it's frustrating when things don't go our way and when we're not being able to put the puck in the net, but we are right there. We know we're close."
"I like where we're at in the room," head coach Ron Rolston said. "I think our guys, even our vets are in a good frame of mind. You go into those situations, we've got two rookie defensemen, two rookie forwards, and you're playing some pretty good players so there's going to be some growing pains there, but I've liked our younger guys so far where they're moving and I like our vets attitude, they've been real good."
The lineup should also get a boost as forward Marcus Foligno is ready to return. He missed the first three games with a muscle strain.
"I think the biggest thing we're focusing on is forecheck, maintaining pressure and possession," Foligno said. "That's the biggest thing, get on the forecheck and protect the puck, carry it in. You gotta use the points and get shots on net, get traffic, and that's part of my game so hopefully we open up the scoring a lot tomorrow."