The injuries continue to pile up on the blue line for the Buffalo Sabres.
Add Taylor Fedun to the list. The defenseman played only one shift in the third period of Tuesday's overtime loss at Pittsburgh. After the off day, the team officially placed him on injured reserve and recalled defenseman Casey Nelson from Rochester.
"Taylor Fedun has a lower body injury. Probably out six to eight weeks," Sabres head coach Phil Housley said Thursday morning after the team practiced in KeyBank Center. They left for Detroit after practice for Friday's game with the Red Wings.
Housley confirmed that Fedun sustained the injury in the Pittsburgh game. "He was trying to work through it," Housley said. "He wanted to be a part of the team and it's good to see him try to gut it out for a little bit but it just didn't happen for him."
Justin Falk was also missing from practice, but Housley said it was a maintenance day.
Defenseman Matt Tennyson was also added to the injured reserve list. He has missed four games with a foot injury.
Nelson, in his second full pro season, has four points (one goal, three assists) with the Amerks this season. In 18 career NHL games with the Sabres he has four assists.
Marco Scandella said he needs to keep his emotions in check.
The defenseman was hit with a $5,000 fine Wednesday by the NHL Player Safety Department for a two-hand slash on Pittsburgh's Patric Hornqvist.
"I just need to keep my emotions a little better in check," Scandella said. "One thing I will say, the back swing looked a lot worse than actually what I did. I went up and changed my mind a little bit, but I still got him and you know what, it's on me. I just need to keep my emotions better checked.
"It is an emotional game. That's hockey. Obviously I'm not out there trying to hurt anybody. It just didn't look good and it's out of my character. I don't want to do that."
Scandella took a baseball swing at the lower body of Hornqvist midway through the second period of Buffalo's 5-4 overtime loss. Scandella earned a two-minute slashing penalty, and Hornqvist went ballistic on the officials after picking up two minutes for interference.
"Well, you know in the heat of the moment your emotions get high and we took a penalty when we were down one, which we've got to be smarter in those areas as well," Housley said. "But he gets picked there and I think there could have been a call earlier than that with another pick which wasn't called. But that doesn't give him the right to take matters in his own hands. He's just got to be smarter because he's such a competitor and he loves to compete, that sort of caught him off guard. But we'll learn from it."
The $5,000 fine is the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
The Sabres will get their first look at Detroit's new Little Caesars Arena Friday night when they visit the Red Wings for a 7:30 p.m. game.
The Red Wings are coming off a raucous affair in their 8-2 win over the Calgary Flames at home Wednesday night.
Detroit was up 6-2 when the game turned into an all-out brawl. It started when the Red Wings Luke Witkowski fought Brett Kulak, then challenged Travis Hamonic.
When officials gave Witkowski a 10-minute misconduct, he left the penalty box and went to the Wings bench to leave the game. Matthew Tkachuk slashed Witkowski in the back of the leg, prompting Witkowski to come back out on the ice. Hamonic got involved, and Anthony Mantha responded.
The Sabres assigned forward Nick Baptiste to the Rochester Americans Thursday afternoon. He has no points in four games with the Sabres this season.