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.
The Buffalo Sabres have recalled Tim Schaller and Mark Pysyk from the American Hockey League’s Rochester Americans the club announced Sunday.
Buffalo is in Boston to take on the Bruins tonight.
Schaller will likely fill the spot of left by Patrick Kaleta, who left Saturday night’s 5-1 loss to Colorado due to flu-like symptoms.
Schaller made his NHL debut with the Sabres on Nov. 29 and has appeared in two games with Buffalo this season registering five hits and three blocked shots. He has eight goals and 18 points in 29 AHL games this season.
Pysyk will fill in for Tyler Myers, who was injured Saturday. The 22-year-old was Buffalo’s first-round pick (23rd overall) in 2010 and has appeared in 63 career games with the Sabres scoring two goals and 10 points. It is his first recall of the season. In 28 AHL games, Pysyk has 10 points.
In addition to Kaleta, Myers, and Mitchell, the Sabres are without Mike Weber, Tyson Strachan and Cody McCormick, who are all injured. Matt Moulson missed Saturday’s game with flu-like symptoms.
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Leafs starter James Reimer lost the race to a lose puck and the scramble was on.
Tyson Strachan beat the goaltender and centered a feed to Zemgus Girgensons for his second career shorthanded goal. The Sabres lead the Leafs 2-0 after one period.