BUFFALO -- Buffalo Sabres defenseman Mark Pysyk could be out as long as two weeks with an upper-body injury, coach Ted Nolan said Wednesday.
Pysyk was hurt blocking a shot on his first shift of the first period of a 2-0 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.
"It's not a real serious thing and it's probably day-to-day," Nolan said. "But it could be a week or two."
Pysyk returned to the Buffalo bench after blocking a shot 54 seconds into his first shift and never returned. Nolan said that Pysyk's absence opens the door for another young player to earn more ice time.
"It's unfortunate for [Pysyk] but all of a sudden a door opens for the guy that was battling with him for time," Nolan said. "Now a couple others will have a chance to play more [preseason] games than previously thought. Now is an opportunity for them to grab it while Mark is mending. But when Mark comes back he'll get that same opportunity."
Nolan singled out a few defensemen who impressed him.
"We've seen great promise and with that you need to have great patience and growth," he said. "[Rasmus Ristolainen] looks like a man in boy's body. He's really matured from a year ago. [Nikita] Zadorov is another big body and we need to be patient in his development. [Jake] McCabe played a strong game [against Carolina] as well."