Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) -- Will Carrier is back at practice despite re-injuring his hand during a fight against the Bruins. Carrier hit David Backes giving him a concussion.
After serving a minor penalty, Carrier was jumped by Adam McQuad. He said his hand is better and maybe a fight wasn’t the best idea, “It feels pretty good, I have to deal with it.”
“It’s been a couple of weeks and getting into a fight probably wasn’t the best idea.”
Carrier made the hit and wasn’t surprised that he had to answer for it, “Yes after that hit I knew it was coming, I was waiting for it.”
Carrier was in the Blues organization before being traded to the Sabres, so he knows Backes. He said he has not been in contact with him since the hit.
Carrier has played 24 games with the Sabres and had a good stretch with Ryan O’Reilly. Despite all that, he has two NHL points. Carrier still believes he can produce points at this level, “Yes, I’ve had a lot of chances, a lot of shots and passes and some Grade A chances and I’m just not burring it right now, but I think once one goes in, then the rest of them will go in too.”
Josh Gorges practiced fully and said his hip feels much better. He’s hoping to play against the Rangers.
Dan Bylsma said Johan Larsson had surgery on his dislocated wrist and his elbow. Larsson returned from Boston on Monday morning.
Tyler Ennis didn’t skate with the team, but Bylsma said that he wasn’t scheduled to be on the ice.
Dmitry Kulikov is not going to be on the road trip and is seeing a doctor on Monday afternoon.
Bylsma said it’s possible the Sabres could call a player up for the trip to New York and Chicago.