Mittelstadt (upper body) was on the ice for Wednesday's game-day skate in a non-contact sweater, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.

Mittelstadt has been out of action since the season opener versus the Canadiens back on Oct. 14, but he at least appears to be trending in the right direction. Once the 23-year-old center is cleared to play, he could challenge for the first-line center role, though Tage Thompson has already matched his career-high eight goals in just 18 games.

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