BUFFALO – Sabres captain Kyle Okposo has been cleared to play after suffering an upper-body last week, coach Don Granato said.
Okposo, 34, practiced fully Tuesday, skating at right wing beside center Rasmus Asplund and Zemgus Girgensons.
“He won’t be denied,” Don Granato said following the session at LECOM Harborcenter. “… Evident by the way he competes in practice, he’s ready to go.”
The Sabres open the season Thursday against the Ottawa Senators at KeyBank Center.
Okposo returned to practice Monday in a non-contact role.
In other news, Americans coach Seth Appert told reporters Tuesday in Rochester that a lower-body injury will sideline goalie Malcolm Subban three to four weeks.
Subban, 28, was injured in Sunday’s 5-1 preseason loss to the Utica Comets.