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Ruff says Miller will play this weekend

Ryan Miller participated fully in practice today, and the Sabres' injured goaltender is ready to play as Buffalo enters its final two games of the season.

"There’s no doubt that he’s going to play before the season ends," coach Lindy Ruff said in HSBC Arena.

Miller has missed four games with an injury to his collarbone area. He could return for Friday's home game against Philadelphia or, more likely, appear in Saturday's season finale in Columbus.

"He might be able to play tomorrow. We’re not going to make that call right now," Ruff said. We tried to get him in some drills where he faced traffic, faced a little bit of physicality with guys jamming and pushing around the net, just try to give him game-like simulation.

"He looked pretty good, had a good practice," Ruff said. "He said he felt pretty good, so all that is real good."

Ruff said forward Patrick Kaleta, who has been out with a sore knee, is under consideration to play. Right wing Mike Grier, who also has a knee injury, is not ready to return.

The full audio of Ruff's chat, which includes his thoughts on the Friday's return of more than 80 Sabres alumni, is below.

---John Vogl

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