Zemgus Girgensons has missed one game. ©2022, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres likely to get two players back from injuries against Canadiens

BUFFALO – Sabres winger Zemgus Girgensons and defenseman Mattias Samuelsson will likely return from injuries for Tuesday’s road game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Both players practiced today at KeyBank Center.

Girgensons, 28, endured a hit to the head Wednesday and missed Saturday’s 5-2 road loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“It was unfortunate hit,” Girgensons said of the check in Wednesday’s 4-1 road loss to the Ottawa Senators. “I finished the second and then just didn’t feel right. So we took a precaution and I just sat out one.”

Meanwhile, Samuelsson, 22, has missed the last 13 games recovering from a lower-body injury.

The Sabres, of course, having lost eighth straight games, sorely need help.

“Mattias will be a huge boost on the PK,” said coach Don Granato, whose Sabres have allowed a power-play goal in nine straight games, including two Saturday.

Meanwhile, captain Kyle Okposo, out the last four games recovering from a lower-body injury, skated on his own today, general manager Kevyn Adams said.

“Kyle actually did well today, he skated, and much better than he was a few days ago so I think we’re trending in the right way there,” he said. “It’s more days than weeks now for Kyle, so that’s the good news there.”

In other news, winger Alex Tuch missed today’s session for maintenance. Newcomer Tyson Jost, who was claimed off waivers Saturday, subbed in his spot at right wing beside center Tage Thompson and Jeff Skinner during his first practice.

Check back later for more on Jost.

One thought on “Sabres likely to get two players back from injuries against Canadiens”

  1. The Buffalo Sabres eight game losing streak has been difficult to deal with after a promising 7-3 start.
    The goaltending after a strong start has totally disappeared and injuries are mounting.
    Buffalo is the youngest team in the the NHL. That could be the problem.
    Are they too young? It seems most nights the Buffalo Sabres are boys playing against men most nights.
    It could be the Sabres as a young team are losing the strength battle with most opponents simply because they aren’t filled out physically. They get out muscled along the boards and front of the net and the lack of strength when it comes to puck control and possession.
    Marcus C.

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