Buffalo Sabres star Tage Thompson will return from injury Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings, the team announced.
Thompson missed the last nine games with an upper-body ailment. He suffered the injury on Nov. 14 against the Boston Bruins when he blocked a shot with his hand.
“Weeks is what it will be,” head coach Don Granato said at the time. “(It) could be a little over a month, but it shouldn’t be multiple months.”
Thompson has six goals and six assists in 16 games this season.
The 6-foot-6 sniper was in an unusual spot during practice Tuesday. Rather than centering the top line, Thompson played right wing with Jeff Skinner and Casey Mittelstadt.
Moving from wing to center helped propel Thompson’s breakout campaign in 2021-22 when he potted 38 goals. He followed that up with 47 goals last season. Since the start of 2021-22, Thompson ranks 11th among NHL skaters with 91 goals.