Robin Lehner is taking shots and moving in the crease. Dan Bylsma hopes the goaltender will soon be doing it during the Sabres’ practices.
Lehner, who has been out since suffering a high-ankle sprain during Buffalo’s season opener, took the ice before his teammates worked out Sunday.
“Robin was on the ice this morning again taking shots,” Bylsma said in First Niagara Center. “He was working on some post play and some of that pushing off and loading up on the post. We are looking at starting a schedule for him to return to practice and possibly down the road return to play.”
Bylsma said the organization will create Lehner’s rehab schedule over the next few days.
“Hopefully, we’ll see him in practice soon,” the coach said. “The next two weeks as we map it out is going to see an increased level of progression of where he’s at right now to practice to game simulation, scrimmage and possibly getting in the net in a rehab situation.”
The coach said Mark Pysyk is progressing as well, though the defenseman is not yet on the ice. He’s been out since Nov. 17 with what was originally categorized as a bone bruise.
“He’s progressing with workouts off the ice and hope to see him soon get on the ice and progress with his lower-body injury,” Bylsma said.
The Sabres, who host Washington on Monday, also practiced without forwards Evander Kane and Matt Moulson.
“Moulson is sick, and Evander was not on the ice for personal reasons today,” Bylsma said.