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Zach Bogosian, Vladimir Sobotka back on ice for Sabres

A few familiar faces were on the ice for the Sabres Wednesday morning during practice at HarborCenter.

Defenseman Zach Bogosian and center Vladimir Sobotka joined the Sabres in preparation for Thursday's 7 p.m. game against the Colorado Avalanche in KeyBank Center.

Bogosian skated for the first time since Sept. 25, when he sustained a lower body injury during the Sabres' exhibition game against Columbus in Clinton.

"I just had a shift where something happened and I wasn't feeling right, and instead of making it worse and powering through, I just tried to be smart about it," Bogosian said.

Bogosian, 28, doesn't expect to return to the lineup Thursday against the Avalanche. He didn't elaborate on the nature of his injury.

"I'm not getting into that," Bogosian said. "Everyone's going to speculate. Left side, right side, hip surgery, non-hip surgery. I was out and I'm making my way back.

"I'd like to get a few team practices in. I've been skating on my own, with Dennis Miller in the rehab skates. I'd like to get a few team practices in before I jump into the games. There are a lot of factors that go into it. Obviously, today was a step in the right direction, but I'm not ready to play again yet. Try to make sure we're being smart about it."

Sobotka, who sustained an upper-body injury in the final minutes of the Sabres' season opener, a 4-0 loss Oct. 6 to Boston, also returned to practice.

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"Every day I’m getting better and better, and it was nice to get out and skate with the guys,” Sobotka said.

Additionally, Johan Larsson continued to skate in practices. Sabres coach Phil Housley did not determine the status of Sobotka or Larsson for Thursday against the Avalanche.

“Both Larsson and (Sobotka) had really good practices, so we’ll probably make those decisions tomorrow,” Housley said Wednesday. “I still haven’t talked to the trainers.”

Here are the lines from practice Wednesday morning at HarborCenter:

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