Jimmy Vesey (13) stands in front of Dallas’ Esa Lindell on Oct. 14. ©2019, Hickling Images

Sabres’ Jimmy Vesey practices, hopes to return Saturday

BUFFALO – So much for Jimmy Vesey being week-to-week. The Sabres winger practiced this morning inside LECOM HarborCenter and would like to return from his upper-body injury Saturday against the New York Islanders.

“I got to see the doctor to get cleared,” Vesey said inside KeyBank Center. “If not Saturday, hopefully soon.”

Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said Vesey is now day-to-day.

Vesey was injured in last Thursday’s 6-2 loss, his first game in New York since the Rangers traded him to the Sabres on July 1.

The American practiced today with center Casey Mittelstadt and Conor Sheary, his regular linemates. Evan Rodrigues, who has subbed for Vesey the last two games, also took reps.

Vesey said an innocent-looking hit from Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei hurt him.

“He just caught me in the perfect spot and a little discomfort,” he said.

If Vesey can’t play Saturday, he would likely be available next week during the Sabres’ two-game trip to Sweden.

In other news, defenseman Brandon Montour practiced today beside Colin Miller. Montour, out since suffering a left hand injury Sept. 17, is expected to return this weekend.

The Sabres play a road game against the Washington Capitals on Friday.

“Brandon is improving daily,” Krueger said. “His curve is definitely upwards.”

Defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, who practiced with Montour on Wednesday, went back beside Henri Jokiharju.

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