Buffalo, N.Y. (WGR 550) – With a game on Saturday afternoon against the Arizona Coyotes, the Buffalo Sabres held a short practice on Friday.
Missing from Friday's session were Casey Mittelstadt - who left Thursday’s game with an upper-body injury - and Henri Jokiharju - who played through a lower-body injury he took in the first period.
The medical report isn’t good for both players, as head coach Don Granato said they will miss some time.
“'Mittsy' [Mittelstadt] is an upper-body injury, and [he and Jokiharju will] both be out for a couple of weeks. It’s not short-term for them," Granato said following Friday's practice. "The doctors are still evaluating them. There’s thought it could be around that range, and there’s thought that it could be a little more than that. It’s too early to tell on both those injuries.”
Mittelstadt really seems to be coming into his own as a player, and this injury is a big blow to him, according to Granato.
“His play has been incredible," Granato said of the young center. "They’re big losses. I’m bummed for those two guys, because they came into the season prepared, in shape, they had a good training camp and right away this happens. But we’re an evolving team, and we need to see everybody. Everybody needs to play, and you can only give guys so much ice-time.”
Dylan Cozens moved in and centered the line with Jeff Skinner and Vinnie Hinostroza. Arttu Ruotsalainen, who was a healthy scratch on Thursday, was in-between Anders Bjork and Drake Caggiula.