There’s some good news and some bad news on the injury front for the Sabres in advance of their pair of weekend matinees against Philadelphia. The good news is that there’s a chance that defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen could return with head coach Ralph Krueger telling reporters, including Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News, that there’s a “high possibility” that the blueliner could play on Saturday. Ristolainen was off to a good start to his season with six points in ten games while logging over 23 minutes per night before a particularly tough bout with COVID-19.
Meanwhile, the bad news is that center Jack Eichel and goaltender Linus Ullmark aren’t expected to be available for either game, relays Jourdan LaBarber on the Sabres’ team website. Eichel was a late scratch on Thursday after experiencing some discomfort during the pregame warmup and is listed as day-to-day. As for Ullmark, he left after the first period yesterday with Krueger indicating that they’re hopeful he will only be day-to-day after their weekend games. One of Dustin Tokarski or Jonas Johansson will need to be recalled from the taxi squad.
Elsewhere in the East Division:
- Islanders winger Cal Clutterbuck missed practice today due to an unspecified injury with head coach Barry Trotz classifying him as day-to-day, notes Newsday’s Andrew Gross. He left Thursday’s contest against Boston in the first period and did not return. However, it appears that New York could get some good news on the injury front as Michael Dal Colle practiced today and could be available for one of their games this weekend. The 24-year-old is currently on IR with a lower-body injury and has missed the last four games.
- From the same column, Gross notes that Islanders goaltender Cory Schneider has been designated as a non-roster player and is unavailable due to family reasons. That was what prompted Jakub Skarek to be recalled to the taxi squad yesterday to keep the team compliant in having three available goaltenders. New York now has an extra roster spot available although with an extra forward and defenseman up on most game days, they likely won’t need to use it.