BUFFALO, N.Y.-Sabres forward Tyler Ennis missed Monday's Sabres practice. He needed stitches in his forehead Sunday night when he was hit from behind in the game against Philadelphia.
Head coach Ron Rolston said "He's day to day right now. He's a little dinged up so he was off today and we'll see how he's doing tomorrow." Rolston said Ennis did not have a concussion.
The Sabres weren't happy with the Wayne Simmonds hit on Ennis. Officials ruled that Ennis turned into the hit. Simmonds was only given a five minute major for fighting. Mike Weber who fought Simmonds was assessed 17 penalty minutes. Forward Steve Ott told Two On Your Side's Stu Boyar "Obviously I think Shanahan (NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan. The league did not take a look at it.) has to take a look at it today. He's staring at his numbers the whole way, obviously Enzo does have a slight turn in there but knowing as a hockey player when you're casing a guy down and his numbers and he commits to his numbers the whole way obviously the intent was there and it was definitely a penalty and its such a (expletive) instigator rule when you look at Webby (Mike Weber). He asked the guy to square up to fight, he doesn't really jump him and Simmonds is throwing punches before Webby can even get his gloves off. Where is the instigator when we go down short in that hole sequence ? A really tough situation."
The Sabres are home Tuesday night against the New York Rangers. The Rangers currently hold the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Forward Thomas Vanek told Stu "it doesn't matter for us who we play. I think every game is big. With the amount of games left I think we know we have to win most of them to even have a chance for that eighth spot so again it doesn't matter who we play."
Forward Ville Leino and defenseman Jordan Leopold will be game time decisions for Tuesday's game against the Rangers. Face off is scheduled for 7-pm at the First Niagara Center.