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Okposo back in Sabres' lineup against Golden Knights

LAS VEGAS -- After missing the last two games due to illness, Kyle Okposo will be back in the Buffalo Sabres' lineup Tuesday night against the Vegas Golden Knights. The veteran winger said it was a relief to escape the throes of his flu bug and regain some of the weight he's lost.

"Basically sitting in a hotel room for 2 1/2 straight days is not good stuff," Okposo said after the morning skate in T-Mobile Arena. "It's good to feel like a human being again being out and about and resuming normal activities."

Okposo's activity will see him on a line with Ryan O'Reilly and Sam Reinhart. Okposo has no points and a minus-6 rating in his first four games but had five shots on goal in Thursday's loss at San Jose.

"I thought I was better in San Jose," he said. "I was able to generate a little bit of offense instead of just skating around and doing nothing. I just want to be more assertive and assert myself on the game and demand I make an impact. I can start there and I'll try to be better the rest of the way."

Okposo, who had 19 goals last season for the Sabres and is averaging 22 over the last four years, said he's definitely looking to get the zero out of his goal column on the stat sheet.

"I'm not that anxious about it but would I like it to be gone? Absolutely," he said. "I've got to put the work in and go through it. It's no different than going through a tough time at the middle of the year or end of the year. You have to work to get out of it."

Okposo said he liked the work he saw from the Sabres in Sunday's 3-1 win in Anaheim and feels the team has gotten better on each game of this trip.

"I'm proud of the way they played in Anaheim with a tough back-to-back game to play," he said. "I'm liking the way we're trending right now. There's more to do. Myself personally, I'm hot happy with my start and I want to be better. I think that everybody feels that as an individual."

 

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