"I think that's the key right there, not knowing," Nolan said. "We can't worry about who might be gone, who might be coming in. Today is the day we have to work with what we've got. And tomorrow, whatever we've got here, then we'll work with that, too."
Nolan also had a different take on his thoughts regarding Miller. After previously saying he favored the Sabres retaining Miller, Nolan said the decision was out of his hands.
"My thoughts don't really count right now," Nolan said. "Certainly, what Ryan Miller means to this team and this town, no question you'd like to keep him. But it's business. And we have to look forward to rebuilding this organization."
In 11 seasons in Buffalo, the 33-year-old has set franchise records with 283 wins and 539 games played.
This season, Miller has been the team's MVP.
With a 14-22-3 record, Miller accounts for all but one of Buffalo's victories. His .923 save percentage ranks seventh among goalies with 30 or more starts.
Miller won the NHL's Vezina Trophy in 2010, the same year he earned MVP honors at the Vancouver Games, where he played a key role in leading the United States to a silver medal.
At Sochi, he was relegated to a backup role behind Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick.
The Sabres are in a tough spot as far at goaltending entering their game against the Hurricanes (26-22-9). Aside from Miller, backup goalie Jhonas Enroth was also at the Olympics as a backup to Swedish starter Henrik Lundqvist.
Nolan made the decision to have Miller start against Carolina because the U.S. has been off since a 5-0 loss to Finland in the bronze medal game on Saturday. Sweden played Sunday when it lost the gold medal game to Canada.