Sabres goalie Craig Anderson could be nearing return from upper-body injury

BUFFALO – Craig Anderson has never had a timetable for his recovery from an upper-body injury. The Sabres goalie has experienced good days and bad ones and starts and stops over the past 11 weeks.

Anderson, 40, said he’s still working through the injury, believed to be around the head or neck area, that has sidelined him the last 30 games.

But Anderson might’ve turned a corner Friday when he practiced for the first time since he was injured Nov. 2. He took shots and participated as the Sabres prepared for Saturday afternoon’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers at KeyBank Center.

Anderson, who has won four of his six starts this season, figured it was time he joined his teammates for a session.

“If I waited another week or another two weeks and tried to really calm everything down, you’re still behind the eight ball with the conditioning and the timing,” he said. “I’m trying to kind of knock three birds with one stone here. Kind of continue to work through the injury while also being able to work through some conditioning and see the puck.”

Of course, given the nature of his injury, Anderson understands he might endure bumps on his road back to the lineup.

“There might be days where I know I can’t go on the ice and it’s just going to flare up,” he said. “We’re taking it day by day and right now we’ve kind…

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