The Buffalo Sabres
appear to be getting healthier heading into tonight's game against the New York Islanders
After missing nine regulars due to injury Saturday against Washington, defenseman Robyn Regeher (upper body) and forwards Patrick Kaleta
(lower body) and Drew Stafford
(groin) likely will play tonight against the New York Islanders
. Coach Lindy Ruff
wouldn't comment on the lineup tonight, telling reporters after this morning's practice, "We don't know if we're getting three guys back, but we're close."
Regehr, who sat out Saturday's game after taking a hard hit during Friday's game against Columbus, said he was happy to get back to playing.
"I feel good," he told reporters. "I found out that I passed the exam yesterday, so I should be good to go."
If Regehr plays, it'll be alongside rookie Brayden McNabb
"I watched him a bit in the game against Washington," said Regehr. "He's a big, strong guy. I liked to see that he laid out a few guys with some nice big hits. I know he's excited, he's got his parents in town. I know he's excited and I’m excited to play with him."
The injury list could shrink by one more name in the near future -- goalie Ryan Miller
, out with a concussion and whiplash since absorbing a hard hit by Boston's Milan Lucic
during a Nov. 12 game, skated today and said he'll practice with the team tomorrow.
"I had a good conversation with Ryan today," said Ruff. "He was looking forward to getting in there and taking some shots. I told him I wouldn't take any today but maybe tomorrow."
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