MONTREAL -- Defenseman Jake McCabe is believed to have suffered a separated shoulder during the first minute of Friday night's game in KeyBank Center, two sources tell The News, and the Sabres have called up Casey Nelson from Rochester to replace him on their ever-thinning blueline.
Nelson, 24, has four goals, five assists and a minus-14 rating that's the worst among Rochester blueliners in 27 games for the Amerks this season. He has two goals in the last five games. Nelson has four assists in 15 career games the last two years with the Sabres, but struggled with no points and a minus-4 rating in eight games with Buffalo this year.
Neither the Sabres nor the Montreal Canadiens had morning skates today in advance of Saturday's 7 p.m. game in Bell Centre. Montreal, which leads the Atlantic Division by 10 points, is coming off Friday's 3-1 win at New Jersey.
Buffalo coach Dan Bylsma will meet the media around 4:45 to provide an update on McCabe and other lineup news. For coverage on the defense issues, see the links below.