After Saturday night’s game against the Colorado Avalanche, the Buffalo Sabres were in desperate need of healthy bodies.
Center Tim Schaller and defenseman Mark Pysyk have been called up from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League to fill some potential holes in the Sabres lineup.
The team had already recalled 20-year-old center Mikhail Grigorenko from the Amerks to take injured forward Torrey Mitchell’s spot. Then, they needed to get forward Johan Larsson to Buffalo in a hurry when alternate captain Matt Moulson came down with an illness a few hours before Saturday's game.
Larsson missed pregame warmups, but made it in time for the game and scored his first NHL goal in the third period of Buffalo’s 5-1 loss.
During the game, Patrick Kaleta left due to flu-like symptoms similar to Moulson’s. Sabres coach Ted Nolan said afterwards that Kaleta and Moulson would not travel to Boston for the team’s contest Sunday night at 7 p.m. at TD Garden against the Bruins.
He also said a few players have been feeling under the weather but there’s no word yet on if any of them have been diagnosed with the mumps, which has afflicted several teams already this season. One additional forward may also miss the game, hence the decision to recall Schaller.
Schaller will be joining the Sabres for the second time this season. He’s currently tied for the Amerks’ team lead with eight goals and ranks fourth on the club with 18 points (8+10) in 29 games.
The Merrimack, New Hampshire native made his NHL debut on Nov. 29 in Montreal and has played two games with the Sabres this season, registering five hits and three blocked shots. He played college hockey at Providence, so this will be a bit of a homecoming for him.
Buffalo’s need for a defenseman came when Tyler Myers was unable to finish Saturday's game due to a lower-body injury. His last shift came with 7:24 remaining in the second period. Nolan declared him questionable for Sunday.
Pysyk is being called up for the first time this season. The Sherwood Park, Alberta native is currently tied for second among Amerks defensemen with 10 points (1+9) in 28 games. Buffalo’s first-round pick (23rd overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft, Pysyk has tallied 12 points (2+10) in 63 games for the Sabres since making his NHL debut in 2012.
Center Cody McCormick, who has missed the past four games with a lower-body injury, and defenseman Mike Weber, who underwent minor knee surgery on Dec. 12, made the trip to Boston, but it’s unclear if they’ll be ready to play Sunday night.
The Sabres held a team meeting Sunday morning in lieu of a morning skate. Nolan is expected to address the media at around 5 p.m. Stay tuned to Sabres.com for updates.
Faceoff from Boston is scheduled for 7 p.m. on MSG-B and Bell with the Tops Gamenight pregame show beginning at 6:30 p.m. The game can also be heard live on WGR 550.