BUFFALO – Technically, Sabres winger Tage Thompson is a game-time decision for Saturday afternoon’s home tilt, coach Phil Housley said.
Still, it seems like Thompson, a healthy scratch the last four games, could return against the Vancouver Canucks. Thompson practiced at right wing beside center Johan Larsson and Patrik Berglund this afternoon. Meanwhile, Zemgus Girgensons, a regular on the fourth line, rotated in.
Thompson, 21, a scratch seven times this season, hasn’t played since Oct. 30.
“We got a lot of guys that are banged up or some bumps and bruises, so that’ll be a game-time decision,” Housley of Thompson’s status. “I just wanted to get him in a regular rotation because we got in a little bit late last night.”
Girgensons, however, isn’t one of the banged-up Sabres, Housley said. The team arrived home about 2 a.m. following Thursday’s 6-5 overtime road win against the Montreal Canadiens.
Housley said he hadn’t spoken to the trainers yet about his sore players.
“A lot of guys blocked a lot of shots,” Housley said inside KeyBank Center. “Our penalty kill did a terrific job last night.”
In other news, Housley said this Saturday’s starting goalie would also be a game-time decision. Carter Hutton relieved Linus Ullmark after two periods Thursday, making five saves.