For the first time this season, the Buffalo Sabres will be without center Ryan O'Reilly.
Coach Dan Bylsma said O'Reilly suffered a lower body injury in the Sabres' win in Columbus on Friday. Justin Bailey was recalled and will be in the lineup for Sunday afternoon's game against Pittsburgh.
"Ryan O'Reilly will be out with a lower body injury for tonight's game," Bylsma said when he met with the media Sunday morning. "After he sees our doctors today I’ll have more of an update for you after the game."
O'Reilly was limping after the game in Columbus and met with the trainers. He has a foot injury and could miss a month, a source tells The Buffalo News.
As for how the injury happened, Bylsma said "you probly wouldn’t catch it if you watch the game again. It wasn’t a big play."
O'Reilly was leading all NHL forwards in average ice time per game, playing an average of 21:51 per outing.
"You’re taking out a guy who plays 20-plus minutes in every situation," Bylsma said. "He’s first over the boards ... and that's a big part of our lineup. It's not the first time we’ve had an injury to a significant player we’ve had to deal with."
Sam Reinhart will move to center while Bailey earned his second call-up to the Sabres.
"Just really the speed and the size that he brought was real evident in our game," Byslma said of Bailey. "His speed, presence in the offensive zone at the net, is something we want to continue to see."
Robin Lehner will start for the Sabres. He has a .932 save percentage in his 12 appearances and had a 4-0 shutout Friday in Columbus.