The rash of injuries that set the stage for an ugly 6-1 loss Thursday night in Philadelphia forced the Buffalo Sabres to recall forward Curtis Lazar from Rochester on Friday morning.
Lazar, 24, had six goals among 14 points in 18 games with the Americans and this is his third time being recalled by the Sabres this season. He had one goal in seven games with Buffalo and can play either center or wing.
Lazar may be needed at the former after what unfolded Thursday in Wells Fargo Center. Jack Eichel was scratched with an upper-body injury after participating in pregame warmups, and Johan Larsson (upper body) and Evan Rodrigues (lower body) did not return to the game after leaving for the trainers' room.
Coach Ralph Krueger is expected to update the media on all three players after the Sabres practice Friday at noon in Buffalo. They were carrying 12 forwards and eight defensemen on their roster, and Krueger has the option of using seven defensemen Saturday afternoon against the Los Angeles Kings in KeyBank Center.
Lazar has 16 goals among 52 points in 252 career NHL games between the Ottawa Senators, Calgary Flames and Sabres.