Vinnie Hinostroza has missed the last 18 games. ©2022, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres’ Cody Eakin injured; Vinnie Hinostroza expected to return Sunday

BUFFALO – Sabres center Cody Eakin suffered an undisclosed injury in Friday’s 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild and missed this morning’s practice at LECOM Harborcenter.

Coach Don Granato said Eakin, who was undergoing X-rays, hasn’t been ruled out of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Los Angeles Kings.

“We will know more in a couple hours,” Granato said of Eakin’s injury.

Meanwhile, Granato said winger Vinnie Hinostroza, out the last 18 games with an ankle injury, is a “probability” for Sunday’s contest at KeyBank Center.

“He looked good in practice, he feels ready to go,” he said.

Hinostroza took turns with Zemgus Girgensons today skating at left wing beside center Mark Jankowski and John Hayden. Jankowski, a healthy scratch the last four games, replaced Eakin.

With Hinostroza likely returning, Anders Bjork practiced as a spare forward.

Girgensons, out 18 of the last 19 games with a lower-body injury, had his first full practice today after participating in Friday’s optional pregame skate.

“Based I on what just watched out there, he’s probably day to day,” Granato said of Girgensons’ status.

Girgensons said the injury, which is related to the hamstring problem that shelved him all of last season, kept getting worse the more he played and practiced.

“The only way to deal with it was to take some time off,” he said.

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