Sabres’ Myers, Leino close to returning

The Buffalo Sabres are suddenly getting healthier with
defenseman Tyler Myers and forward Ville Leino anticipating they’ll
both be ready to return by this weekend.

Tests showed Myers’ broken right wrist is fully healed and the
player expects he could play as early as Friday at Carolina. Myers
has missed 19 games.

Leino might not be far behind. He said after practice Wednesday
that he could be back as early as Saturday, when the Sabres host
Winnipeg. Leino’s missed nine games with a broken left foot.

That’s good news for a team that’s missed as many as nine
regulars to injuries this season.

The injuries have contributed to a monthlong skid in which the
Sabres have gone 6-10-4 in their past 20, including a 4-3 win over
Edmonton on Tuesday.