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Miller feeling better, wants to be cautious early in season; Hodgson misses practice, too

By John Vogl

The Sabres had officially concluded practice when Ryan Miller skated onto the ice. After stretching and testing his sore groin, the goaltender took shots from the stragglers who remained in First Niagara Center.

The session went better than Miller anticipated, but he's still not sure if he'll be ready to start Tuesday when the Sabres host Tampa Bay. Miller, who didn't dress for Saturday's loss in Pittsburgh, will talk today with athletic trainer Tim Macre before making a decision.

"I was a little tight after the last game, and I just wanted to be cautious early in the season," Miller told The News. "So far, so good. I felt better than I kind of anticipated, so I’ll see if I can make myself available. But no practice today, and after a couple days off I’m not sure what the right course of action will be.

"I just want to make sure it’s not going to be something that’s going to turn into weeks. I thought it’d be a day or two, and it took about a day longer. It’s just not something you want to creep into your body, your game, your mind-set. Get it out, get it done. You don’t want groin stuff to pop up."

Cody Hodgson also sat out today. Coach Ron Rolston said the center is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, but Rolston expects Hodgson to be in the lineup Tuesday.

Marcus Foligno will return after missing the opening three games with a shoulder injury. To hear from Foligno and Rolston, click the audio files below.

Ron Rolston

Marcus Foligno


Cody Hodgson | Ryan Miller
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