Injury woes continue for the Buffalo Sabres as a pair of prominent players could not complete Thursday night's game against the New Jersey Devils at KeyBank Center.
The night started with captain Jack Eichel being a late scratch after taking the pregame warmup skate with his teammates.
Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger said after the morning skate that Eichel would play despite not taking part in practice. However, he was replaced by Tage Thompson in the lineup and diagnosed with a lower-body injury.
In place of Eichel on the top line with Victor Olofsson and Sam Reinhart, Krueger elected to put Riley Sheahan at center. Thompson would end up skating on a line with Curtis Lazar and Casey Mittelstadt.
As the game got started, goalie Linus Ullmark started to face some pressure from the Devils less than six minutes into the first period.
After a sequence where Ullmark was forced to stand on his head, making an incredible glove save in the process, the Buffalo netminder was shaken up and needing to take some time to get back on his feet.
Ullmark was able to remain in the game and complete the first period, making 15 saves and not giving up a goal in 20 minutes of action.
However, as the teams took to the ice for the second period and with the Sabres leading 1-0, Carter Hutton was in the Buffalo net and Ullmark was done for the night with an undisclosed injury.
In relief, Hutton gave up three goals on 24 shots faced in regulation, but the Sabres still managed to earn a point by forcing overtime. However, the Devils earned the extra point after a Pavel Zacha wrist shot just 1:17 into overtime beat Hutton on the blocker side to give New Jersey a 4-3 win.
Following Thursday's loss, Krueger said in his postgame comments that Ullmark is dealing with a lower-body injury, and the team has no idea of the severity of the injury. Krueger said he's hoping to have an update by Friday afternoon's practice at KeyBank Center.
Meanwhile, Krueger also touched on Eichel's lower-body injury, saying it showed up in pregame warmups and caught the team by surprise. According to Krueger, Eichel's injury is a day-to-day issue, and that it is a completely new issue that's not related to any previous situation.
The Sabres will practice at 1 p.m. EST on Friday to get ready for a two-game series with the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday and Sunday in Buffalo.