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Sabres Notebook: Josefson out 4 to 6 weeks; Moulson could play; Bogosian close

Jacob Josefson's ankle is turning into his Achilles' heel.

Just three games after returning from an ankle injury, the Buffalo Sabres center tweaked the ankle again. Coach Phil Housley announced Monday that Josefson will miss the next four to six weeks.

"It's tough," Housley said in KeyBank Center. "It's difficult when you lose a guy like that. He sort of put everybody in the right seat. We'll have to deal with it and move forward."

Josefson was originally injured Oct. 15 and missed 15 games. He returned to the Sabres' lineup Wednesday against Minnesota. Centering for wingers Kyle Okposo and Jordan Nolan, Josefson had an assist against the Wild and scored Friday against Edmonton.

He played only one period Saturday in Montreal.

"That line in particular with Nolan and Okposo really had shown some good signs of contributing offensively with their overall play in the zone," Housley said. "A lot of good possession numbers for them."

The Sabres are down to the minimum of 12 forwards after losing Josefson and demoting Seth Griffith. The winger cleared waivers Monday and was sent to Rochester. Griffith had two goals and one assist in 18 games.

"He certainly had a really good opportunity," said Housley, who wanted more compete and better offensive decisions from Griffith. "He's really a gifted scorer, talented and very fast. A lot of the games when he had opportunities to really take a hard look and had open ice to make a play or shoot the puck, he was almost looking to pass.

"Obviously, when you're not doing well, you're going to make changes."

Housley said the Sabres would decide Tuesday whether to call up a forward for the game against Tampa Bay. Either way, it's possible Matt Moulson will return after being a healthy scratch in six straight.

Moulson practiced with center Kyle Criscuolo and left wing Zemgus Girgensons on Monday. Moulson also skated on a power-play unit with Ryan O'Reilly, Rasmus Ristolainen, Jason Pominville and Okposo.

Moulson led the Sabres with 13 power-play goals last season, but he has no points in 12 games this year. Housley deemed Moulson a game-time decision.

"For right now he was fitting well into the power-play unit," Housley said. "He's just a good distributor. When he's in the middle of the box or the 1-3-1, whatever you want to call it, he sees plays pretty well and he knows the next play. Put him at the net front, I think he has a knack of tipping pucks."

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It shouldn't be long before Zach Bogosian makes his season debut. There's a chance it could be Tuesday.

The defenseman, who has been dealing with a lower-body injury since the preseason, practiced fully in HarborCenter. He was paired with Josh Gorges.

"We'll see how he reacts after this practice he had," Housley said. "I really liked the way Zach was playing before he got injured in camp. I thought he was bringing a speed game, a powerful game, a physical game, willing to get up in the play and make things happen.

"We've been missing that."

The Sabres' other defense pairs were Marco Scandella with Ristolainen; Jake McCabe with Victor Antipin; and Nathan Beaulieu with Justin Falk. Matt Tennyson, who has missed 10 games with a foot injury, practiced without a partner.

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Cory Conacher just missed out on a return to Buffalo.

The Lightning sent the former Canisius College star to Syracuse of the American Hockey League on Sunday. Conacher made his season debut for Tampa Bay on Saturday and scored during a 5-2 loss in Pittsburgh, but the former Sabres forward didn't stick for Tuesday's matchup.

Although they've lost two straight, the Lightning lead the Eastern Conference with 34 points and a 16-5-2 record. Center Steven Stamkos leads the NHL with 26 assists and 36 points. Winger Nikita Kucherov was tied for second with 34 points, including 17 goals.

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