Niagara Gazette

January 2, 2012

Ennis not yet ready to return

By Bill Hoppe
Niagara Gazette

BUFFALO — Winger Tyler Ennis, an Edmonton native, said whenever the Sabres play the Oilers, “I circle it on my calendar, kind of a cool game to play.”

But Ennis, shelved the last six games after re-injuring his ankle Dec. 17 in Pittsburgh, won’t play tonight at the First Niagara Center.

Ennis, however, is improving and said he’s day-to-day. He’s being extra cautious since the same injury cost him 17 games earlier this season. He doesn’t want to rush back.

“I just don’t want to re-tweak it where I lose my strength,” Ennis said Monday about the sprain. “I feel like I’m getting really close with my speed. I just need to do some battle drills.”

In other injury news, Tyler Myers (broken wrist) plans to have a CT scan this morning. The defenseman said he could “do quite a bit” during practice. He still hasn’t started battling or even taken a slap shot, however. Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said he’s getting closer.

Meanwhile, forward Brad Boyes tweaked the ankle that just sidelined him 13 games and left practice.

“It could be just a stinger,” Ruff said. “We’ll have to wait and see.”

The Sabres also returned rookie winger Corey Tropp (concussion) to Rochester after he passed his baseline test.

Captain Jason Pominville has been feeling ill and left practice early but should play tonight.