BUFFALO – Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, who’s battling a lower-body injury, missed today’s practice but is “a possibility” for Saturday’s home game against the Montreal Canadiens, coach Don Granato said.
Granato said Dahlin and goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, who has been sick, are both day to day. Luukkonen will miss Saturday’s game.
Dahlin sat out Thursday’s 3-1 road win over the Boston Bruins.
“He feels better today, and this is going to be how much better are you feeling each day now,” Granato said. “The other night he played through soreness, and we’re trying to manage it that way until he resolves to the point he’s not playing with that.”
Granato said Luukkonen, who has missed two games, skated today.
“This will resolve and be gone,” he said following practice in KeyBank Center.
In other news, winger Jack Quinn, out since tearing his Achilles tendon in late June, practiced in a contact role today for the first time. Quinn rejoined his teammates earlier this week.
While the session lasted just 17 minutes and did not feature much battling, it represents progress for Quinn.
“Each day now is big for Quinn because he’s moving from recovering from an injury to preparing to play,” Granato said. “While there’s a long way physical to go for him, there’s a long way psychologically when you have an injury that’s the duration of his as far as recovering.”