Carter Hutton's availability is uncertain for the Buffalo Sabres' game Friday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins after a lower-body injury forced the 33-year-old goalie to leave practice early Thursday.
Hutton, who has started the past four games for the Sabres, "tweaked something" while the team skated in Harborcenter and will be monitored by the team's medical staff leading up to faceoff in KeyBank Center Friday, according to coach Phil Housley.
Additionally, forward Vladimir Sobotka (upper-body) and defenseman Marco Scandella (lower-body) sat out practice with injuries and are day to day.
"We'll evaluate that later today and tomorrow morning but just being cautious with it right now, so we got him off the ice," Housley told reporters when asked if Hutton will play against the Penguins.
Hutton left the ice 15 minutes into practice, leaving the Sabres with only Linus Ullmark until Ryan Vinz, the Beauts' assistant coach, could join them for the final 30 minutes of the on-ice workout.
Hutton stopped 40 of 44 shots in a 5-2 loss in Philadelphia Tuesday night and was pulled in the second period of a 5-3 defeat Monday in Toronto. He has a .910 save percentage and 2.84 goals-against average in 39 games during his first season with the Sabres.
Ullmark, 25, took hold of the job – he started 10 of 15 games from Jan. 12 to Feb. 19 – until a lower-body injury prevented him from playing in a 2-1 shootout loss in Tampa Bay Feb. 21. Hutton proceeded to stop 70 of 73 shots over the Sabres' next two games, including 31 in a 5-2 win over Washington last Saturday.
Ullmark stopped 19 of 21 shots after relieving Hutton in Toronto Monday night. The Sabres can recall Scott Wedgewood from Rochester on an emergency basis in the event Hutton's status remains uncertain before the morning skate Friday.
Wedgewood, 26, has yet to appear in a game for the Sabres this season but has a .913 save percentage in 34 games for Rochester.
Sobotka was on the ice for only seven minutes, 40 seconds Tuesday in Philadelphia after the injury forced him to leave in the second period. He has played in each of the past 56 games after missing three in October, scoring four goals with seven assists in his first season with Buffalo.
Tage Thompson, who was a healthy scratch against the Flyers, will draw into the lineup with Sobotka out and skated on a line with Casey Mittelstadt and Scott Wilson during practice Thursday.
Scandella played only 13 minutes, 59 seconds against the Flyers – his second game since returning from injured reserve. He skated alongside new Sabres defenseman Brandon Montour, an assignment that will now be given to Matt Hunwick, who played for the Penguins last season.
Scandella has four goals among 10 points and a minus-8 rating in 50 games this season.