BUFFALO – Nearly two months into the season, the Sabres could have their six regular defensemen play together for the first time tonight.
Zach Bogosian, out since suffering a lower-body injury in the preseason finale, could return in this weekend’s home-and-home series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“I’ve had a couple good days of practice,” Bogosian said after the Sabres prepared for tonight’s tilt inside KeyBank Center. “I feel ready. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.”
With Bogosian and defensemen Matt Tennyson (ankle) back, the Sabres had nine healthy defensemen, so they waived Tennyson following Thursday’s practice at HarborCenter.
Housley leaned on Tennyson regularly for 14 games as injuries ravaged the blue line, playing him 18 minutes, 16 seconds a contest.
If Tennyson clears, he could bolster the Rochester Americans’ defense.
“Matt brought a lot to the table,” Housley said. “He had a really good, solid camp, really consistent with his play when he was in the lineup. … I’d like to see him get through and get back to his timing and get some games in.”
In other news, the Sabres gave goalie Robin Lehner a maintenance day Thursday, so they recalled goalie Linus Ullmark from the AHL to practice.
Ullmark is 9-3-2 with a 2.86 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage in 15 games for the Amerks, who are 11-5-3-1.
“Personal success comes when the team’s having success,” Ullmark said. “So if the team’s doing good, I’m doing good.”