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Eichel day to day for Sabres, might face Kings

Center had 17-game point streak end because of upper-body injury

by @NHLdotcom

Jack Eichel is day to day for the Buffalo Sabres with an upper-body injury and will be a game-time decision when they play the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; MSG-B, FS-W, NHL.TV).

"With Jack, it remains day to day," coach Ralph Krueger said after Buffalo's No. 1 center skated at practice Friday. "As you can see, he was out there practicing. We'll make that call in the morning."

Eichel was scratched after being injured during warmups before the Sabres' 6-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday, ending his point streak at 17 games. He had 31 points (16 goals, 15 assists) during the streak, the longest in the NHL this season. It's the second-longest by a Buffalo player since the Sabres entered the NHL in 1970; Eichel missed a chance to tie the Sabres record of 18 set by Gilbert Perreault from Oct. 24-Dec. 4, 1971.

"It's obviously frustrating," Eichel said. "You never want to not be on the ice with the team. I'm a competitive guy, I want to be out there every night. Just thought it was the best for me at that time."

Eichel, who's second in the NHL with 24 goals and tied for fifth with 50 points, said the injury is something he's been coping with during the streak.

"It's not something that came out of nowhere," he said. "It's something that I guess you can say I've been dealing with it a little bit."


Asked how he felt at practice and if he was optimistic about playing against the Kings, Eichel says he "felt pretty good. Not bad. We'll see what happens."

The Sabres recalled forward Curtis Lazar from Rochester of the American Hockey League on Friday.

Krueger said forward Evan Rodrigues, who also skated Friday, is day to day with a lower-body injury, and that forward Johan Larsson will miss at least the next two games with an upper-body injury. Each was injured during the loss to the Flyers.

"The assessment looked positive today but again we're going to evaluate in the morning," Krueger said regarding Rodrigues. "Larsson will definitely miss the next two games. We're hoping it's a week. It's an upper-body [injury] that we think we can manage in the near future, but he will be out the next two games."

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