Sabres forward Kane set to return, Eichel not far behind

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane is set to return after missing 11 games with broken ribs.

Coach Dan Bylsma also said Wednesday that star center Jack Eichel might soon be cleared for practice. Bylsma said Eichel was meeting with a doctor to have his sprained left ankle evaluated, and could be cleared for on-ice workouts within days.

Bylsma said Kane will play later in the day when Buffalo hosts Ottawa.

Kane was hurt when he crashed into the end boards during the second period of Buffalo's season-opening 4-1 loss to Montreal on Oct. 13. Eichel was hurt a day earlier during practice.

Bylsma said center Tyler Ennis is being evaluated for what he called ''a mid-body injury,'' and won't play against Ottawa.