Once again, the Sabres have a thin blue line. A couple of Rochester players will fix that.
Buffalo, which practiced with just four defensemen Sunday, will call up two blue-liners from the Amerks for Monday’s game in Detroit. The Sabres have been crushed by injuries to Dmitry Kulikov (concussion), Cody Franson (undisclosed), Justin Falk (calf) and Taylor Fedun (foot).
“It doesn’t look like there’s a chance that any of them can play tomorrow,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said in HarborCenter. “Day-to-day is probably appropriate for all those guys.”
The Amerks are flying home from two weekend games in Newfoundland. Bylsma said they’re scheduled to connect in Toronto on Sunday afternoon, and two will be redirected to Detroit.
The recall options from the Amerks, who are also banged up on defense, are Casey Nelson, Brycen Martin, Brady Austin and Mat Bodie. Rochester’s other healthy defensemen are on minor-league contracts.
The Sabres’ injury situation made for some dicey moments Friday in Anaheim. They were down to three defensemen at one point.
“You go from left D to right D to rest, and you came out and went to the left D, then right D and then rest,” Bylsma said. “It was a short time, but we had the rotation going there. The fresh guy goes to the farthest point on the ice, and you move toward the bench to get some rest.”