BUFFALO – Sabres goalie Ryan Miller could return from his groin injury Thursday against Columbus.
“Just have to see how it goes tomorrow,” Miller said this afternoon after practicing inside the First Niagara Center.
Miller participated fully today for the first time since injuring himself while making 45 saves Friday.
“He’ll be available, for sure,” Sabres coach Ron Rolston said. “He’s healthy.”
Miller felt well enough to dress for Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime loss to Tampa Bay.
Meanwhile, 18-year-old defenseman Nikita Zadorov practiced today, his first team session since hurting his finger Sept. 27.
Would the Sabres keep the rookie, the No. 16 pick in June?
“He would be available if we want to keep him here,” Rolston said. “We have to make that decision.”
Zadorov added: “I want to stay here.”
The Sabres could play the Russian nine games before the first year of his entry-level contract kicks in. He could also be sent back to junior.
In other injury news, center Cody Hodgson enjoyed a maintenance day today but will play Thursday, Rolston said.
“We’re monitoring some things,” Rolston said. “So he’ll be out there tomorrow and ready to roll.”
Rolston also said defenseman Henrik Tallinder (upper body) could return Saturday. The veteran has missed the last two games.