Sam Reinhart battles the New York Rangers’ Chris Kreider on Tuesday. ©2021, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres’ Sam Reinhart questionable for Saturday’s game

BUFFALO – Sabres winger Sam Reinhart missed today’s practice with an upper-body injury and is questionable for Saturday afternoon’s game against the New Jersey Devils.

“We’ll make that call tomorrow morning,” Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said on a Zoom call following this afternoon’s practice at KeyBank Center.

Krueger said Reinhart, who finished Thursday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Rangers, is day to day. Reinhart recorded a goal and two points Thursday.

Tage Thompson subbed for Reinhart at right wing this afternoon on the top line beside center Jack Eichel and Victor Olofsson.

In other injury news, Krueger said defenseman Henri Jokiharju should return Saturday after an upper-body injury sidelined him two games. Jokiharju practiced today beside Brandon Montour.

“Joki looks initially good,” Krueger said. “We’re testing him now, with the skate today. So that would make all the defensemen available is my first impression. But we’ll confirm that tomorrow morning, too. …

“But it looked really good today in practice. He looked fresh, and my feeling is he was pain-free there.”

In other news, the Rochester Americans announced today they signed forward Remi Elie and defenseman Nicolas Welsh to one-year AHL contracts.

Elie, 25, has spent the last two seasons in the Sabres organization, playing 16 games with Buffalo in 2018-19 before joining the Amerks. Elie has scored 16 goals and 27 points in 59 games with Rochester.

The Sabres claimed Elie off waivers from the Dallas Stars in 2018.

Welsh, 23, played six games with Banska Bystrica HC 05 in the Slovakian League earlier this season. He attended rookie camp with the Sabres in 2018.

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