The Buffalo Sabres announced on Tuesday that defenseman Will Borgen will miss six-to-eight weeks after suffering a right forearm fracture on Saturday in a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. The team also said that Borgen underwent successful surgery on Tuesday to repair the fracture.
Borgen suffered the injury in the first period of Saturday's game when killing off a first period penalty as he went down to block a shot. He was able to shake off the injury, and managed to finish the game with that blocked shot and a shot on goal in 19:14 of total ice-time.
The 24-year-old defenseman had been very solid in the four games he played for the Sabres since the team's return from its COVID-19 pause. While Borgen did not register a point in those four games played, he averaged 16:59 of total ice-time and was very reliable as more of a workhorse in the defensive end.
Borgen started the 2020-21 campaign as part of the taxi squad, and only got his first chance at game action this season after the COVID-19 pause when Rasmus Ristolainen was unable to return to the lineup after dealing with severe symptoms of the virus.
Since being drafted in the fourth round of the 2015 NHL Draft, Borgen has appeared in just eight NHL games, going pointless and registering a minus-5 rating, while averaging 16:46 of total ice-time. In 140 games in the American Hockey League with the Rochester Americans, Borgen has proven his worth as a solid defensive defenseman, while scoring four goals and adding 21 assists for 25 points.
Borgen was not the only defenseman sidelined during Saturday's win over the Devils.
Jake McCabe will miss the rest of the 2020-21 season after sustaining injuries to his ACL, MCL and meniscus in his right knee. The injury occurred when McCabe got his leg caught up underneath Devils captain Nico Hischier as the two battled for a puck in the Buffalo end.
With McCabe done for the season and Borgen likely out through, at least, April 6, the Sabres are starting to look quite depleted on the blue line.
On the left side of the blue line, Buffalo has Rasmus Dahlin, Matt Irwin and Brandon Davidson healthy with Jacob Bryson currently on the team's taxi squad.
The Sabres currently have Colin Miller, Brandon Montour and Henri Jokiharju healthy on the right side of the defense, with Casey Fitzgerald available on the taxi squad. It is also unknown when Ristolainen will be healthy enough to return to the lineup, but he has been back in Buffalo working to get back into game shape.
The Sabres are back in action on Tuesday night against the Devils at the Prudential Center in Newark. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. EST with the Paul William Beltz Pregame Show with Schopp and the Bulldog set for 6 p.m. EST.