More tough news on the injury front Monday in Buffalo.
This puts Ennis and Deslauriers on the shelf next to three players on IR — Robin Lehner, Cody McCormick, Mark Pysyk — and comes at a horrible time for the Sabres, who have lost four straight to fall to 29th overall in the NHL.
Only the Columbus Blue Jackets have fewer points.
To give an idea of how banged-up the Sabres have been this season, consider:
— Only seven players have appeared in all 39 games thus far.
— Lehner, acquired at the draft to be the club’s No. 1 goalie, has played just once.
Ennis, the team’s leading scorer last year, has only appeared in 23 of 39 games and has been something of a disappointment, at least production-wise.
Buffalo was probably counting on much more than the three goals and 11 points he’s netted thus far though, in his defense, the campaign has been pretty start-stop, start-stop with all his health concerns.
As for Deslauriers, his absence will hurt even though his role isn’t huge. The feisty forward has three goals and seven points in 38 games, leading all Sabres with 102 hits.