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Posted: Friday, 06 January 2017 2:21PM

Ennis practicing; Carrier still sick



Buffalo, NY (WGR 550)  -- The Buffalo Sabres are back home after a three game road trip in which the Sabres captured three of a possible six points. Buffalo is coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. 

Buffalo stepped onto the ice for practice on Friday afternoon at the KeyBank Center in Downtown Buffalo with Tyler Ennis skating with the team once again. Ennis has been out of the lineup since early November after undergoing surgery for a sports hernia. While head coach Dan Bylsma did not give a certain timeline for his return, he says that Ennis should be practicing with the team more often.

"He has done some skating back here," Bylsma said following practice. "He skated this morning on his own and then joined us for what's essentially a morning skate type of practice at 1 o'clock. We should be seeing him in practice now going forward."

So far in just 12 games this season, Ennis has a goal and an assist with 29 shots on goal and a minus-6 rating.

The Sabres had nearly everyone on the ice for practice on Friday with the exception of forward William Carrier and defenseman Dmitry Kulikov. Carrier missed practice due to a battle with the flu which has kept him out of the lineup in the past two games in New York and Chicago. 

Bylsma said that Carrier was "well under the weather", which may be a bad sign for his game status tomorrow. 

No further update was given on the status of Kulikov after practice as he continues to remain day-to-day with a lower back injury.

The Sabres will face the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday afternoon at the KeyBank Center. Buffalo will not have a morning skate tomorrow with a 1 p.m. faceoff. Pre-game coverage on WGR starts at noon with Brian Koziol and Paul Hamilton.

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