Buffalo Sabers fans received some unwanted news ahead of Thursday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers: team captain and top scorer, Jack Eichel, will not play due to an upper body injury, the team announced shortly before the fall. .
While the cause and extent of his injury are unknown, the Sabers will be forced to fight without their most useful weapon until he returns. Eichel had initially been punched in the starting line, but the late change drew Conor Sheary into the game instead.
Buffalo News’ Mike Harrington has speculated that Eichel “felt bad for several days, especially during his pregame presser in Toronto, but #Sabres announced his upper body because he was out. flu.”
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Eichel’s 50 points (24 goals, 26 assists) lead the team with a wide margin of 18 points. The excellent performance of the Massachusetts native this year also places him fifth in the NHL standings. David Pastrnak (28) ranks second in the league in goals behind the Boston Bruins.
The Buffalo (16-12-7, 39 points) face a Philadelphia team (18-11-5, 41 points) on Thursday that dropped three of their last four contests.