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Okposo illness a 'cloud' for Sabres as they hit final weekend

Though unable to give an update on Kyle Okposo, coach Dan Bylsma said Friday the Sabres continue to think about their hospitalized forward.

“It’s a difficult situation and a difficult time for Kyle and his family,” Bylsma said in HarborCenter. “We want to do everything we can to be with him and help him through the time that he’s in right now. It’s certainly a cloud.”

Okposo has been in the neuro intensive care unit at Buffalo General Medical Center this week with an undisclosed ailment. He’s been sick since March 28.

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The 28-year-old is in his first season with Buffalo after spending nine seasons with the New York Islanders. The Sabres hosted the Islanders on Sunday.

“We were asking about him when we were in Buffalo, and it was probably quiet for a point and for a reason,” Islanders coach Doug Weight told the New York media. “We’re praying for him. He’s a wonderful person.

“He spent a lot of time here and got to know him really well – not as a player, as a person. He’s a good man and we wish him the best. We hope he gets better.”

In other Sabres news, left wing Marcus Foligno will miss the final two games of the season with a minor knee injury suffered Wednesday. The Sabres visit the Florida Panthers on Saturday and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.

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