BUFFALO – With winger Justin Bailey day-to-day with a lower-body injury, the Sabres recalled Nick Baptiste this morning so they have an extra forward.
Bailey, who missed today’s practice inside HarborCenter, could play Thursday in Arizona, Sabres coach Phil Housley said.
“We want to keep him off the ice,” Housley said before the Sabres departed for their two-game road trip.
Baptiste, 22, has three goals and five points in eight games with the Rochester Americans this season. He started his third pro season slowly after failing to earn an NHL spot in training camp. He finally got going last week, compiling three goals and five points in a two-game stretch.
The former third-round pick scored three goals and four points in his first 14 NHL games last season. He didn’t practice today.
In other news, defenseman Justin Falk, sidelined all season with a lower-body injury, should make his season debut Thursday. Falk practiced beside Victor Antipin today.