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Sabres still evaluating McCabe as Larsson readies for return

The Sabres aren't yet sure if they'll have Jake McCabe back for their next game. Johan Larsson will be in the lineup.

McCabe left Tuesday's loss to Anaheim after suffering an upper-body injury during the first period. The defenseman's most memorable moment was a net-side scrum with the Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf, but coach Phil Housley said Wednesday that was not when McCabe got nicked up.

"It was a shot that he took during the first period," Housley said after an optional practice in KeyBank Center. "Jake is with our doctors as we speak, so we'll know more later."

Larsson was one of 12 players to take the ice for the short optional workout. He has completed his two-game suspension and is eligible to return Thursday when Buffalo hosts the New York Islanders to complete a five-game home stand.

"I'd figure Larsson in the lineup," Housley said.

The Sabres have lost the opening four games of the homestand and have dropped five straight in Buffalo overall. They remain stuck on 999 career home victories.

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They played a decent game against the Ducks but fell, 4-3, in overtime.

"It's a little frustrating," defenseman Justin Falk said. "Obviously, we want to have that consistent effort and emotion in our game. We had that for the most part and battled back. We didn't get the results we wanted. A couple bad breaks. There wasn't really a lot of pretty goals. One of those games where you've just got to find a way to grind it out, and they seemed to get the bounce there at the end."

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