The Buffalo Sabres will be without Josh Gorges for the remainder of the season.
The defenseman is scheduled to undergo surgery on an undisclosed lower body injury.
The 30-year-old has not played since Feb. 10 against the Ottawa Senators.
Gorges had six assists and a minus-28 rating while averaging 22:22 in time on ice in 46 games this season.
Buffalo will also be without defenseman Nikita Zadorov when they play host to the Nashville Predators tonight.
It’s the second time in a month Zadorov has been scratched for disciplinary reasons.
The 19-year-old was reportedly bumped off an oversold flight returning from the Dominican Republic during the All-Star break and missed practice.
“Sometimes you’re mature in certain things. Sometimes you’re not. Unfortunately, we’ll have to deal with him,” said Ted Nolan per The Buffalo News. “We had a number of discussions, and then another thing happened this morning. We’ll just talk to him again.”
Tyson Strachan will also miss tonight’s game with an infection.
The Sabres expect to be without Mike Weber for at least two weeks due to an undisclosed injury.
Tonight marks the first of two meetings between the Sabres and Predators.
Evander Kane is in Buffalo for the first time since his trade from Winnipeg earlier this month.
The Sabres are expected to hold a formal press conference this afternoon to introduce Kane.
He joined the Sabres’ broadcast Friday night and says he’s looking forward to a change in scenery.
“I think the trade was a good thing,” he said. “I’m looking forward to having a fresh start with a new team and a new city. So far everybody has been really nice and I’ve been welcomed in a real positive way here.”
The 23-year-old had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder this month and won’t make his Sabres debut until next season.
Kane, who had 109 goals and 222 points in 361 games over six seasons with the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise, expects to be ready for training camp.
“I’m really looking forward to getting healthy and back next year. Hopefully turn this thing around in Buffalo,” said Kane. “I have more than enough time to hopefully get this shoulder back to 100 percent and really looking forward to training in the summer.”
Kane says he plans to meet with his new teammates and take in Sunday’s game against the Nashville Predators while in Buffalo.
Related: Sabres not worried about Kane’s character, says Murray
The Boston Bruins will be without Kevan Miller for the remainder of the season the club announced Saturday.
Miller, who sustained a right shoulder dislocation on Feb. 16 against the Calgary Flames, will undergo season-ending surgery.
The 27-year-old initially injured the shoulder during an Oct. 18 fight with Buffalo Sabres’ forward Nicolas Deslauriers and missed 13 games.
Miller appeared in 41 games this season scoring two goals and five assists to go along with a plus-20 rating and an average of 18:02 in ice time.
So, Mackenzie Skapski’s NHL debut didn’t get off to the greatest of starts.
In net for the New York Rangers against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday, Skapski was beaten on a deflection from a wide open Matt Moulson just 14 seconds into the opening period, after a faceoff in the New York zone.
It did get better for Skapski. The Rangers tied the game almost six minutes later, and took the lead early in the second period.
The Buffalo Sabres could soon be without defenseman Josh Gorges for the remainder of the season due to a lower-body injury, according to the Buffalo News.
A decision hasn’t been made yet, but one is on the way, and soon for the veteran blue liner.
“It’s leaning that way, but we’ll see in the next little bit here,” said Sabres head coach Ted Nolan, as per Buffalo News.
“He’s getting final information. He’ll make a final decision in probably 24 to 48 hours.”
The 30-year-old Gorges last played on Feb. 10 against the Ottawa Senators. The Sabres host the New York Rangers on Friday.
This season, Gorges, traded from Montreal to Buffalo last July, has zero goals and six assists in 46 games for the last-place Sabres.