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.
The Buffalo Sabres have assigned defensemen Jake McCabe and Mark Pysyk to AHL Rochester.
Neither McCabe, 21, nor Pysyk, 22, have played this season; both have been recovering from injuries.
The Sabres already had eight healthy d-men on the roster: Andre Benoit, Josh Gorges, Andrej Meszaros, Tyler Myers, Rasmus Ristolainen, Tyson Strachan, Mike Weber, and Nikita Zadorov.
Buffalo hosts Florida on Friday.
The Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs dipped into their AHL affiliates on Thursday.
Washington recalled defenseman Patrick Wey from Hershey, the club announced. Wey, 22, will replace Tyson Strachan on the active roster, as the 29-year-old veteran is on his way back to the Bears.
Toronto, meanwhile, called up Jerry D’Amigo from the Marlies. D’Amigo, also 22, is set to replace checking center Jerred Smithson on the active roster, as Smithson was placed on waivers yesterday.
Reports suggest that D’Amigo will draw into the lineup tonight when the Leafs host Dallas at the ACC. A two-time medalist with Team USA at the World Juniors — including the gold medal-winning team in 2010 — D’Amigo has eight points in 19 games for the Marlies this year and will likely see time on the penalty kill.
It’s unclear if Wey will play for Washington. The guy he’s replacing, Strachan, did play last game — a 4-1 loss to Carolina — but the Caps have defensemen Alex Urbom and Steve Oleksy available for selection.