The Buffalo Sabres announced just before Saturday afternoon's matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins at KeyBank Center that forward Kyle Okposo will miss the remainder of the 2020-21 season after undergoing successful surgery to repair a broken bone in his cheek.
Okposo suffered his injury halfway through the first period of Thursday night's 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals when he took a puck to the face on a dump-in attempt from defenseman Matt Irwin.
The 33-year-old veteran was having a nice bounce-back stretch to his season, producing two goals and 10 assists for 12 points over the last 16 games played. Through the first 18 games of the season, Okposo registered just one assist.
Okposo joins Jack Eichel as players who will miss the final 13 games of the regular season due to injury. Meanwhile, goalie Linus Ullmark will be out on a week-to-week basis with his lower-body injury, but there are only four weeks left in the 2020-21 season, as of Saturday.
Faceoff on Saturday between the Sabres and Penguins gets underway just after 3 p.m. ET with Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray on the call on the radio home of the Sabres - WGR Sports Radio 550.