Sabres' Dahlin is getting closer to playing

December 10, 2019 - 10:46 pm

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - Rasmus Dahlin has been skating for about the last three days, but Tuesday was the first time he was out with his teammates on a non-contact basis. Dahlin suffered a concussion on Nov. 25 and was very happy to be out with the guys, "I feel a lot better. It's good to be back with the boys. They were on a road trip so I was home alone and it was boring, so it's good to have them back."

If you really want to know how excited Dahlin was to be back on the ice he said, "I woke up this morning at 6:30 and I was nervous, it felt like Christmas and I was really happy to skate with the boys."

Dahlin is not used to being hurt and has never had a concussion before. He said, "I mean it's a new thing for me, but I learned going through this experience."

The hit was a clear elbow from Erik Cernak of the Lightning that got him suspended for two games. Dahlin said, "It's hockey, I just tried to make a play and he came up and it was a bit after, but it is what it is.

"He texted me and said it wasn't meant to hurt you and I just texted back, 'It's hockey'. Stuff like that happens on the ice all the time, so its fine."

The Sabres have three games this week, but Dahlin doesn't know if he'll play, "We'll see, I have no clue, the doctors decide and the coaching staff, so I'm just waiting patiently."

Dahlin had struggled for most of the season, but the four games before he got hurt were better games. He said he tried to use this time watching the game to his advantage, "The first game I was sitting in the press box and it was my second game watching live, so it was pretty weird, but this stretch has been really helpful for me. I've learned a lot from watching the game and not playing it, so it's been good and bad."

Before Dahlin can play, he must be cleared for contact at practice.

The Sabres beat the defending Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.

Jack Eichel scored two goals giving him 20 in 32 games. That's a 51 goal pace over 82 games.

The Sabres left the arena in second place in the Atlantic Division and have points in seven out of eight games and eight out of 10.

Linus Ullmark got the win and is 5-1-1 in his last seven games.

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