Remember when the Buffalo Sabres had too many goalies? Well, eight games into the season, they’ve already lost two of the three to injury.
Eric Comrie suffered a lower-body injury halfway through Friday’s 5-4 road loss to the New Jersey Devils and did not return to the game, leaving Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen as the Sabres’ only healthy goalie.
Coach Don Granato told reporters at the Prudential Center the Sabres would have more information on Comrie today.
The Sabres have also been playing without rookie goalie Devon Levi, who suffered a lower-body injury Oct. 19. Granato said earlier this week they had the luxury of giving Levi the time he needs to recover from his soreness.
Now, they might need him to dress for Sunday afternoon’s home game against the Colorado Avalanche.
Comrie left his third start this season after making a pad save on the ice with the game tied at 2 9:55 into the second period. Luukkonen stopped 18 of the 21 shots he faced in relief.
— Buffalo Hockey Moments (@SabresPlays) October 28, 2023
If the Sabres need to recall a goalie from the Rochester Americans, Devin Cooley would likely be their top option. Veteran Dustin Tokarski has been recovering from an upper-body injury and hasn’t played this season. He returned to team skates earlier this week.
Update: Cooley has been recalled. General manager Kevyn Adams said Comrie will miss at least a few weeks.
In other news, defenseman Connor Clifton will have a hearing Saturday with the NHL Department of Player safety following his ejection for hitting New Jersey captain Nico Hischier in the head area.
Clifton received a match penalty 4:00 into the game and also fought Ondrej Palat.
— Buffalo Hockey Moments (@SabresPlays) October 27, 2023