BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sabres starting goalie Linus Ullmark will miss at least the next month with a lower-body harm, leaving Buffalo with one established netminder.
Captain Jack Eichel will also miss his 2d game but remains day to day with a lower body harm, coach Ralph Krueger said sooner than Buffalo hosted the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.
Veteran backup Carter Hutton will take over and start each games of Buffalo’s weekend series against the Flyers, with minor league callup Jonas Johansson serving as backup.
High-priced forward Jeff Skinner, then again, is determined to return after being a healthy scratch the past three games. Defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen will play 3 1/2 weeks after testing certain for COVID-19 and spent two weeks within the NHL’s coronavirus protocol.
Forward Tobias Rieder will return after missing two games with an higher-body harm.
Krueger wouldn’t reveal details of Ullmark’s harm in calling it “a tall loss.”
Ullmark was shaken six minutes into a 4-3 extra time loss to Recent Jersey Devils on Thursday. He persisted playing and stopped all 15 photographs within the primary interval and did not return for the 2d interval.
Ullmark has a 5-4-2 fable and was coming off a 41-save outing in a 4-1 choose at Recent Jersey on Tuesday.
Eichel was a late scratch after participating in pregame warmups on Thursday.
Skinner’s return comes amid questions of whether he and Krueger stare eye to eye whereas the 11th-year player and seven-time 20-goal-scorer is within the course of a saunter.
In the 2d season of an eight-year, $72 million contract, Skinner has one assist in 14 games this season, and not scored in 18 games dating to last season.
“Optimistically, this proves to be a lawful small regroup to launch and very honest appropriate remainder of the season for Jeff,” Krueger said.
Ristolainen had a severe bout with COVID-19 in which he experienced chest pains and fatigue. He’ll bolster a blue-line neighborhood that misplaced Jake McCabe (lawful knee) and Will Borgen (damaged lawful forearm) this past week.
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