Kyle Okposo has a team-high 43 points. ©2017, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres’ Kyle Okposo out Saturday

BUFFALO – Leading Sabres scorer Kyle Okposo will miss Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning with a rib injury, coach Dan Bylsma said this afternoon.

Bylsma didn’t have a full update on Okposo, who left Thursday’s 6-3 win against the Arizona Coyotes after Kevin Connauton hit him into the boards.

“He’s our leading scorer and absolutely a big part of our team and how we play, how we want to play,” Bylsma said following practice inside HarborCenter. “Big leadership in that aspect. That’s something we’ll miss when he’s not in the lineup.”

Okposo has 19 goals and 43 points in 63 games. He had two assists before leaving Thursday’s contest.

Captain Brian Gionta skated in Okposo’s spot today beside center Ryan O’Reilly and Evander Kane.

In other news, Bylsma said goalie Robin Lehner was excused from today’s practice. Bylsma said Lehner feels fine.

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