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Sabres' Baptiste practices on Reinhart's line, could play Tuesday

Nick Baptiste's time on the sidelines could be over.

The winger joined the Sabres for their trip to Arizona and Dallas, but he didn't play. Baptiste spent all of Monday's practice on a line with center Sam Reinhart and right wing Seth Griffith. Their audition could continue Tuesday when Washington visits KeyBank Center.

The Sabres recalled Baptiste from Rochester last week. He had three goals and five points in eight games with the Amerks.

"My goal isn't to be a top scorer in the AHL," Baptiste said. "It's to play in the NHL. I'm excited to hopefully get in the lineup."

Monday's workout was Baptiste's first real one with the Sabres. He didn't skate the day Buffalo flew to Arizona, and the Sabres canceled practice after arriving in Dallas. Baptiste only took part in the light morning and pregame skates on game days.

"We wanted to give him a good practice," coach Phil Housley said. "That was good to see him. I really liked that line and what they brought."

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Baptiste took the spot of Zemgus Girgensons, who dropped down to skate with Johan Larsson and Jordan Nolan. Matt Moulson served as the extra forward.

Baptiste brings speed to the roster.

"That's something that I can bring to the table every night, shooting the puck and getting in hard on battles," Baptiste said. "I think I'm the type of guy that can bring a lot of energy to the team no matter where I am and who I'm playing with."

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