Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nikita Zaitsev has returned to the team’s active roster ahead of Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres.
Zaitsev was placed on the non-roster list prior to Saturday’s game against Nashville due to undisclosed personal reasons, and hasn’t played since Nov. 12 against Florida.
In a corresponding move, the Blackhawks have assigned defenseman Filip Roos to the Rockford Icehogs.
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Zaitsev has appeared in five games for Chicago this season, with one goal and two penalty minutes in those contests. He has averaged 14:09 of ice time per game this season.
Roos was a healthy scratch for the Blackhawks in Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the Predators.
It isn’t known whether Zaitsev will suit up for the Blackhawks Sunday, with a 6 p.m. puck drop against the Sabres at the United Center.