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Miller making progress, Leopold skates

Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller continued making progress with an upper-body injury during an hourlong workout in HSBC Arena with five teammates who had been out of the lineup. There's still no word whether Miller would be ready for Friday's game against Philadelphia.

Miller took shots for the second straight day and looked comfortable in goal. He's expected to participate in a full practice today. Defenseman Jordan Leopold also skated today along with Patrick Kaleta, Mike Grier, Derek Roy and Shaone Morrisonn. Kaleta is the only one who has been cleared thus far for the game against Philly. 

"I felt good today," Miller said. "It was another good step forward. I got a good workout in to follow up yesterday's workout. We'll just kind of go from there. I'll get on the ice with the boys tomorrow and see what Lindy has to say and the doctors have to say. I think there's still some talking we have to do in that regard."

If the Sabres clinch a playoff berth with a Carolina loss tonight against Detroit, he could take off the game Friday and see how he felt Saturday against Columbus. Rookie Jhonas Enroth has a 3-0-1 record since Miller left the lineup. The risk of him getting injured in a game that means little appears greater than the reward of having play before the postseason begins next week, assuming the Sabres clinch.

Why not use the extra day, if possible?

Leopold is expected to miss another two weeks or so, which means he could be back late in the first round if he continues making progress with his injured finger. He was planning to undergo surgery, but a delay caused by a bout with pneumonia allowed his finger to work its way back into proper position. Now, he needs the injury to heal. He was unable to use his bottom hand today.

Grier also looked better today than he did earlier in the week. Roy's skating has improved, but he's still a month or so away from being able to start and stop well enough to play games. Morrisonn is trying to stay in shape in case he's needed. 

--- Bucky Gleason



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