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Myers, Leino nearing returns

Tyler Myers

The Associated Press is reporting that defenseman Tyler Myers and forward Ville Leino could be back in the Buffalo lineup this weekend.

Myers (broken wrist) has missed 19 games while Leino (broken left foot) has missed nine.

The Sabres had a tough December, posting a 4-7-3 while also losing defenseman Christian Ehrhoff for an extended period. The team that had big preseason expectations sits four points of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, so the returns of Myers and Leino will be most welcome, even if neither player was tearing it up before getting hurt.

Myers could play as soon as Friday in Carolina while Leino is more likely to return Saturday versus Winnipeg.