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Bylsma coy on injuries as Eichel, Ryan O'Reilly miss practice; one questionable for Devils game

NEWARK, N.J. -- The Sabres' practiced in New Jersey's practice rink inside Prudential Center today minus Jack Eichel and Ryan O'Reilly. The team's top two centers were both sitting out on maintenance days but coach Dan Bylsma said one is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Devils.

Bylsma wasn't giving up which one, although he said O'Reilly suffered an undisclosed injury Saturday night in Madison Square Garden while Eichel was just dealing with ongoing issues.

The tea leaves thus surround the status of O'Reilly, especially when Bylsma said it's possible the team could call up a forward from Rochester for the game. It could mean the return of Justin Bailey, who has 19 goals and is the first Rochester rookie to crack the 40-point mark in four years.

The Sabres have not played here this season, and lost both games to New Jersey in First Niagara Center.  Maybe the road is a better idea; Buffalo is 17-17-5 away from home this year -- after going just 17-59-6 on the road the last two years combined.

"Our focus really from the beginning has been that it doesn't matter where we're playing," Bylsma said. "Home, on the road. ... Whatever the situation, we're going to keep playing, keep pushing and playing our way.

"We've been able to do it on the road in some tough places and I think our record should be even better than that on the road.  ... There's a few games out there we should be better on the road but I do think it plays to the mentality of our team. We've shown we're going to be a relentless team that keeps working, playing regardless of the situation."

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