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Sabres' Josefson closer to return; Rodrigues moves to wing

Jacob Josefson made an immediate impact the last time he returned from injury. He'll get another chance to do it soon.

The Sabres center practiced fully again Monday, and he could rejoin the lineup Tuesday when Buffalo hosts Boston.

"Another good-paced practice for him, and we'll see how he is tomorrow," coach Phil Housley said in KeyBank Center.

Josefson skated in the middle of Evan Rodrigues and Jordan Nolan during the workout in HarborCenter. Josefson has been out since reinjuring his ankle Nov. 25 in Montreal, forcing him to miss nine games. He missed 15 games the first time he hurt the ankle, then returned with a goal and assist in two games before departing again.

"It was tough to see him go down again," Housley said of the eight-year veteran. "He's a smart player, and it's good to have him practicing."

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With Josefson likely back, Housley shifted Rodrigues back to the wing. The forward played the position in college and Rochester before the organization moved him to the middle last season. Rodrigues has two goals and three points in six games after recovering from a broken hand.

"That line today was really good with Nolan, Josefson and Rodrigues," Housley said. "They complement each other well. They've got a little bit of everything on that line, so that's why we moved him to the wing.

"I definitely think he could move up. He was off for a long time. He's trying to find his game right now. It's been good at times. He's got to find that consistency, but I really like the way he's been playing. I think he brings offense. He's got good vision. He's set up a lot of players during this span of games that we didn't capitalize on."

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Jack Eichel centered Evander Kane and Jason Pominville on the top line. Ryan O'Reilly was in the middle of Benoit Pouliot and Kyle Okposo. Johan Larsson skated between Zemgus Girgensons and Sam Reinhart.

Scott Wilson and Hudson Fasching were the extra forwards. If Josefson is cleared to play, the Sabres could send Fasching back to Rochester. The holiday roster freeze goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday and ends at 12:01 a.m. Dec. 28.

UPDATE: The Sabres have sent Fasching to Rochester.

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