BUFFALO – An upper-body injury will likely sideline Sabres winger Kyle Okposo “weeks,” coach Ralph Krueger said.
Krueger said while the Sabres don’t have an exact time period for Okposo, “we don’t expect him back here for a while.”
“I’d say it’s more in the weeks category,” Krueger said prior to this afternoon’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets inside KeyBank Center. “We’ll probably be confirming that later today after the game. I don’t just expect him in the near future, but also not the very long future.”
Okposo, 31, left Thursday’s 3-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens after playing only five shifts.
The American has adjusted well to more of a checking role this season, compiling five goals and 12 points in 40 games.
Update: The Sabres announced minutes before the game a lower-body injury will sideline defenseman Brandon Montour today. Lawrence Pilut will replace him.
Meanwhile, Krueger said defenseman Zach Bogosian, who’s sick, is “feeling a little bit better.”
Krueger said Bogosian will miss today’s game but plans to work out.