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Sabres' Kyle Okposo: Leaves Tuesday's game

Okposo (upper body) left Tuesday's game after a hit in the third period, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports. Okposo went to the locker room after Mark Jankowski scored on a rush after the hit. The 33-year-old Okposo was playing in just his fourth game since clearing the COVID-19 protocols. Head coach Don Granato didn't provide an update on Okposo's status after the contest, so he should be considered day-to-day heading into Thursday's game versus the Stars.
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Sabres' Aaron Dell: Defending blue paint Thursday

Dell will guard the net in Nashville on Thursday, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports. Dell has gone 0-5-0 with a 4.52 GAA and an .872 save percentage over seven appearances this season. The Predators have averaged 3.14 goals and 29.29 shots on goal in 2021-22. The Sabres have had their goalie depth ravaged by illness and injury, resulting in Dell, a call-up, being their best option to defend the cage. He will likely remain the number one option at goalie until Dustin Tokarski (not injury related) is ready to return.
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Sabres' Robert Hagg: Returning to lineup Thursday

Hagg (undisclosed) will play Thursday in Nashville, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports. The defenseman has been sidelined by an undisclosed injury since Dec. 14. Hagg has recorded a goal and four assists while averaging 17:51 of ice time in 25 games this season.
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Sabres' Alex Tuch: Likely playing Thursday

Tuch (not injury related) will likely enter the lineup Thursday in Nashville, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports. Tuch cleared COVID-19 protocols Tuesday and should be recovered enough to play Thursday. He'll look to continue his strong start with Buffalo, which has included three points in as many games.
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Sabres' Kyle Okposo: Set to play Thursday

Okposo (not injury related) is expected back in the lineup against Nashville on Thursday, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports. Okposo will return from a two-game stint on the sidelines after entering the league's COVID-19 protocols. Prior to getting hurt, the 33-year-old winger managed two points in his previous five tilts while logging 18:29 of ice time per game. With the Sabres seemingly poised to get most of their forward complement back, Okposo could struggle to grab a top-six role.
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Sabres' Robert Hagg: Still out Tuesday

Hagg (undisclosed) won't be an option against the Lightning on Tuesday but could return for Thursday's clash with the Predators, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports. Hagg will be shelved for the seventh straight matchup for the Sabres due to his lingering undisclosed injury. Even once cleared to play, the blueliner shouldn't be expected to offer much in the way of fantasy value given his lack of offensive production (three points in his last 19 contests).
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Bills to host playoff game Saturday at 8:15 p.m. EST

The NFL released its schedule for Super Wild Card Weekend next week, and the Buffalo Bills will play on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 8:15 p.m. EST against either the Los Angeles Chargers or New England Patriots. Sal Capaccio has more:
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Sabres' Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen: Defending blue paint Thursday

Luukkonen will guard the crease Thursday against San Jose, per Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550. Luukkonen has posted a 2-3-2 record with a 2.54 GAA and a .927 save percentage this season. This will be his first contest against San Jose, a team that's averaged 29.53 shots on goal per game.
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Sabres' Colin Miller: Returning to lineup Thursday

Miller (undisclosed) will play Thursday versus the Sharks, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports. The defenseman has missed Buffalo's last three games with an undisclosed injury. Miller, who has two goals and nine assists this season, was on a 10-game pointless streak before the break.
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Sabres' Mark Jankowski: Clears COVID-19 protocols

Jankowski exited the NHL's COVID-19 protocols Monday, per Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550. Jankowski has made four NHL appearances this season and has produced one assist while averaging 12:50 of ice time. The 27-year-old hasn't averaged that much ice time since his 2018-19 season with Calgary. He will look to reprise his 82-game pace of 21 points starting with San Jose on Thursday.
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Sabres' Dylan Cozens: Exits COVID-19 protocols

Cozens cleared the NHL's COVID-19 protocols Monday, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports. Cozens recorded two goals and one assist through his eight December appearances prior to his COVID-19 diagnosis. The 20-year-old struggled and was held without a point for a five-game stretch that month, his longest pointless stretch of the season. He will look to prevent a similar drought from reoccurring by shaking the rust off against San Jose on Thursday.
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Sabres' Zemgus Girgensons: Clears COVID-19 protocols

Girgensons exited the NHL's COVID-19 protocols Monday, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports. Girgensons has logged two goals through his eight December appearances this season. He will reprise his offensive role against the Sharks on Thursday, where he will look to recapture his 82-game pace of 30 points.
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