LOS ANGELES -- Kyle Okposo missed the morning skate Thursday in San Jose but played in the Sabres' 3-2 defeat and actually put together his best game of the season, collecting five shots on goal and playing 20 minutes, 35 seconds.
The veteran winger was held out of practice Friday in El Segundo to regain his energy but didn't make the morning skate here Saturday in Staples Center and coach Phil Housley has ruled him out of tonight's game against the Los Angeles Kings.
"He's feeling a little bit under the weather so we're going to give him the night off," Housley said. "He's just got a bug. He fought through it in San Jose with a really good effort but it's gotten the best of him. He's feeling a lot better today."
Okposo, in the second season of his seven-year, $42 million contract, has no points and a minus-6 rating in the first four games. Housley said he didn't know if Okposo would play Sunday in Anaheim but there's a good chance he'd be ready for the road trip finale Tuesday in Las Vegas.
"I don't know what the chances are (tomorrow) but we're definitely looking toward Vegas," Housley said.
Housley said Okposo's illness is unrelated to the health scare the forward had in April, when reaction to concussion medication landed him in the neuro ICU unit of Buffalo General Hospital for several days.
Matt Moulson will take Okposo's spot on the second line with Evander Kane and Ryan O'Reilly. Housley said the same six defensemen who played Thursday in San Jose will play again tonight, meaning rookie Victor Antipin will be a healthy scratch for the second straight game and Josh Gorges will make his second appearance of the season.
"I thought they did a really good job," Housley said. "The breakouts were a lot better. Josh had a really good solid game for us so we're going to stick with the same six."