BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -Buffalo Sabres center Jochen Hecht was held out of Saturday's game against the New York Rangers because of a pulled leg muscle.
Earlier in the day, coach Lindy Ruff said Hecht was day-to-day. Hecht likely got hurt late in Buffalo's 5-1 win over Toronto on Thursday night after playing more than 18 minutes.
Hecht, the Sabres' captain for February, ranks fifth on the team with 37 points, but has been held without a point the past five games.
Centers Paul Gaustad and Derek Roy and left wing Thomas Vanek were in the lineup after missing Friday's practice. Forward Marc-Andre Gragnani made his NHL debut after being called up from the Sabres' AHL affiliate in Rochester.