BUFFALO – A couple of quick updates from KeyBank Center, where the Sabres practiced this morning after Thursday’s 4-1 loss to Tampa Bay:
– Top center Ryan O’Reilly, out of the last three games with a mid-body injury, didn’t practice today or even skate on his own, coach Dan Bylsma said. O’Reilly is day-to-day but is doubtful for Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh.
– Bylsma said the lower-back injury defenseman Dmitry Kulikov suffered late in the preseason has flared up. Kulikov, out the last four games, has been getting treatment. Bylsma said the Russian is “in a day-to-day, two days timeframe.”
Update: The Sabres have sent forwards Nick Baptiste and Evan Rodrigues to the Rochester Americans. The AHL club hosts the St. John’s IceCaps tonight.