Buffalo, N.Y. (WGR 550) – Injuries are starting to pile up for the Buffalo Sabres through three games of the season.
Vinnie Hinostroza did not practice on Wednesday, while Cody Eakin crashed into the net and had to leave the ice. Hinostroza was on a maintenance day and the Sabres say he should be OK. Eakin was still being evaluated after practice with an update coming on Thursday.
Rasmus Dahlin got hit in the face with a puck during Tuesday’s game and had to wear a full face shield Wednesday.
Those injuries come on top of the ones Buffalo already has in Casey Mittelstadt, Henri Jokiharju and Mattias Samuelsson. You can also throw Jack Eichel in there too, since he’s still on the team.
Robert Hagg is ninth in the NHL in blocked shots with nine in three games. That’s only two behind the league leaders. Hagg is fourth on the Sabres in ice-time at 19:02 per-game. The 26-year-old understands what his role is on this team.
“That’s what I’m trying to bring every night. Play hard, play physical and blocking shots when you have to do it," Hagg said, "I don’t know if I can say I was lucky, but it’s part of my game, and I’ll try to do that to help the team win.”
In the first three games, the Sabres seem to be able to wear teams down in the third period. Tough practices are now the norm instead of being a punishment.
“The way you practice is usually the way you play too,&q