Jack Eichel, shown here battling the New York Islanders’ Anders Lee earlier this season, will be sidelined at least another week. ©2021, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres captain Jack Eichel traveled for ‘deeper assessment’ of injury

BUFFALO – Sabres captain Jack Eichel traveled out of state to seek a “deeper assessment” of his upper-body injury, coach Ralph Krueger said.

Krueger said Eichel will be sidelined at least another seven to 10 days.

“We hope to have a complete assessment here within the next couple of days,” Krueger said on a Zoom call this morning.

Eichel appeared to hurt his neck when Casey Cizikas hit him behind the net late in Sunday afternoon’s 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders. The NBC broadcast showed the center in discomfort on the bench moments later.

Rookie Dylan Cozens subbed for Eichel again at center this morning on the top line between Taylor Hall and Sam Reinhart.

Eichel, the Sabres’ leading scorer with 18 points in 21 games, missed Tuesday’s 5-4 shootout loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Sabres, who have lost eight straight games, host the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at KeyBank Center.

The Sabres, who have lost eight straight games, host the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at KeyBank Center.

They will likely make one lineup change, inserting defenseman Colin Miller for Henri Jokiharju.

Goalie Jonas Johansson appeared to leave the ice first this morning, a sign he will start his third straight contest.

One thought on “Sabres captain Jack Eichel traveled for ‘deeper assessment’ of injury”

  1. Great!
    Take as long as needed. Like it’s going to matter this season.
    It’s a golden opportunity to bring up a few Amerk players like Jack Quinn or Artu Rouselaonnen to give them a taste of NHL.

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