BUFFALO – Sabres center Tage Thompson will be sidelined “less than a couple of months” after suffering an upper-body injury Tuesday, coach Don Granato said.
“It’s more week to week,” Granato said following Wednesday’s practice in KeyBank Center. “I don’t have a target date for him yet.”
Thompson departed Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to the Boston Bruins just over 11 minutes into the second period after blocking Charlie McAvoy’s shot with his left hand or wrist.
Following a slow start, Thompson recently showcased his regular scoring prowess, compiling five goals and 11 points over a nine-game stretch.
The return of winger Alex Tuch, who has missed the last three games with an upper-body injury, could fill some of the void created by Thompson’s absence.
Granato said Tuch, who has scored three goals in his last two games, should return to practice today.
Some other updates from Granato:
– He said “there’s a good chance” rookie winger Zach Benson (lower body, seven games) will play on the Sabres’ three-game road trip that begins Friday against the Winnipeg Jets. Benson practiced again Wednesday.
– He said goalie Eric Comrie (lower body, eight games) is “just about ready to play.” Comrie practiced again Wednesday.
– Winger Jordan Greenway, who blocked a shot Tuesday, did not practice Wednesday. He’s sore but is expected to practice Thursday and play Friday.
– Center Peyton Krebs (family matter) did not practice Wednesday and will meet the team in Winnipeg.